I often get asked: Who is Vestibull and how did it al begin? Born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa Vestibull is the creative musing of myself, Salome´ Jacobs.
As long as I could remember a immense need haunted me for something different, in a world filled with commercial mass produce. Art was in my blood, dreaming of a way to express my creativity led me to make what I desire, with the hope that others might share in my craving for essence. And so in 2008 I started on a very small scale testing the waters. Vestibull had its own unfurling plans, I followed inquisitively into the unknown. Finding my feet as trader I started exhibiting at markets & festivals leading to stocking my first independent retail stores. Often traveling trough beautiful South-Africa, feeding and inspiring my seeker adventure soul. In 2014 a opportunity came and Vestibull opened a little shop at The Watershed, V&A Waterfront - CPT.
Together with my Vesti-creative team it overflowed into my vision and passion to support local trade and specialised workmanship in South-Africa.
A day at the Vestibull studio looks a lot like working on artworks, designing & conceptualisation fused with managing production, materials and artisans all drawing together to give life to my creative body of work. Vestibull aims to create pieces that transcends time while resonating with clients needs to be versatile.
How did you get your name Vestibull?
One day the selfmade word just came to my mind, a wave of excitement blew over me! I had the name before I knew what it would become, knowing it would take shape to my hearts lead. As an artist I felt the need for a creative alter ego name to express creativity, like a graffiti artist has a tag name. Rooted in the intrigue of the word Vestibule, defined as an entrance to some other cavity or space, Vestibull creatively aims to take people to a space in themselves that resonates comfort and personal expression”. VESTI: I always loved “VESTS” garments, BULL: Symbolises to me creative power, punch and play.
How did you become an artist?
As a kid I always indulged in any creative play, art was fun, like it should be playful and without expectation. By the age of 13 I discovered my creative talents had more depth, fortunately art and jewellery design was my subjects in high school, giving me a good foundation. With the support of my Mother and Grandmother, I made it to college on a student lone enrolling in fine art, majoring in oil painting, drawing and printmaking. After collage I focused on commission oil paintings, which in the end lacked creative and financial freedom. Feeling for change I set a new course, venturing to the UK to save and repay my burdening study lone.
Learning that the university of life and exploration was far more rewarding than getting validation from a degree, having freedom to find and carve my own path on a budget. Filling my hunger with selfstudy, it was here that I taught myself photography. Lunch times was spent wandering the city shooting interesting details practicing & playing.
Saving money made it possible to invest in myself when the time was right, giving me the guts and guns to start Vestibull when I was ready.
On the path pushing trough my struggles as a artist I got wind in my sails.
What inspires and motivates you?
Natures harmony and it's intrinsic connection to us as human beings is a never ending source of inspiration for me.Through my work, I hope to deepen peoples’ connections with nature, themselves andlife. I am fascinated by people and our beautiful world, often inspiring stories in my creative world. It is my passion to bring into visual form my musings, each person taking their own personal connection and meaning into my work. Finding beautiful fabric’s that must still find there form also provide raw motivational challenge for me. Creating work opportunities is a amazing result of being a working artist, and a driving force for my creative entrepreneur side I hope to develop more.
Any great influences on your path?
As a child the creativity and master needlework of my mother was always in the background. Her machine was always ready to play, I often made my own clothing adjustments and creations in her workroom. She took great pride in quality of workmanship and flair for style. My father also had the artist hand.
In school I had a briljant art teacher that helped develop my skills and believed in my talent, empowering me to believe in myself. Studying print processes in college under the mentorship of South-African artist Sanele Aggenbach gave me insight into the world of being a working artist.
Travelling overseas and seeing how creativity is vibrant and happening internationally influences me to see art as business, and of course our beautiful South-African landscape, nature, unique culture and heritage invokes passion in my soul.
It's been one crazy unfathomable adventure up to now, I hope to bring you many more meaningful treasures. Forever thank you to those who share in my visual bewilderment.
Please respect my art, do not use it without my written consent for any means (Copyright: Salome Jacobs Vesitbull Design). ***