Interview with Lazi ‘Greiispaces’ Mathebula of Beautiful Boys

Lazi Mathebula, who goes by the name Greiispaces’, is one of our favourite Johannesburg-based illustrators and designers. His bold illustration style can be found on clothing, wallpaper, iPhone and laptop covers, stickers, and furniture. He was part of the Design Indaba 2013 Emerging Creatives programme, and has done work for brands such as Nike, Ford and The Muffinz to name a few. We caught up with him to discuss his creativity and his collaboration with Dickies.

You are sometimes referred to as Greiispaces. Where did this name come from? I was into grey matter, how the brain works and also my cupboard was full of grey colored clothing.

You are a visual person, if you had to spend 24 hours of your life looking at only one piece of art, which one would it be? I’m not a typical visual person. Rather than lookin at an artwork, I would rather visualize the vibrations of Dave Kubrick’s Take Five jazz composition.

Of all the avenues you’ve ventured down as a creative, which would you say is your favourite? I enjoy making things, so making furniture is something that gives me great joy.

What would be the most obscure way you would style/ dress a pair of Dickies? I would crop the popular Dickies two piece shirt & pants at the ankles and wear them with Ferragamo loafers.

What is your favourite Dickies piece? The blue & white pin stripped dungarees.

Why did you choose to partner, your brand, Beautiful Boys, with Dickies? It was an opportunity that made sense for BB because Dickies is aspirational as brand. It was popular amongst adults in my life growing up. Also, I feel that if I had to make clothing, it would very much be like Dickies, with a touch of my aesthetic.

How, would you say, has Dickies been able to marry the line between creativity and workwear? It’s by chance that people that aren’t into construction, wear and style the clothing.

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