At the most recent Local Design and Food Market in October, there were once again many talented local designers and creators, one of which caught our eye (and wallets!) in particular – Jurgens Walt of FullTurn Clothing.

knys-knysna-lifestyle-jurgens-walt-full-turn-clothing_1 We chatted to Jurgens while he worked on his “sketch of the day”, and on hearing his love and passion for his craft we knew Knyslifestyle needed to get to know him better. Three t-shirts and a strikingly beautiful print called ‘Fetch” later, we had set up an appointment to do just that.

We visited Jurgens at his new studio apartment in Sedgefield which he had just finished setting up (he moved in a week earlier). With a fair amount of previous experience in woodwork, Jurgens has set up an impressive mini silk screening factory, which he has designed and built himself.

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knys-knysna-lifestyle-jurgens-walt-full-turn-clothing_11knys-knysna-lifestyle-jurgens-walt-full-turn-clothing_12Jurgens says that for as long as he can remember, he has always felt a deep-rooted need to draw and his fondest memories are of him doing so with his childhood best friend. It is his passion to come home to, something he firmly believes everyone should have.

We are happy to say that we’re busy setting up some exciting silk screen workshops with Jurgens for early next year – we’ll be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime you can find Jurgens and his fantastic FullTurn Clothing brand on most Saturdays at the Scarab Market in Sedgefield.

Keep up to date with his work on his Facebook Page and website.

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Bernice Haman
Bernice is a mom of three girls, determined to raise them as strong and loving warriors; is a self-proclaimed sucker for nostalgia; has had a lifetime passion for pomegranates, her lucky charm; has a keen eye for design and loves to dance in the rain. Bernice is happiest writing, baking, cooking and creating.