Sk8 for Gr8 is a ‘Social Enterprise’ that creates its innovative products through progressive mentoring initiatives. Every range of decks that we release is child-inspired and designed by world class professionals. That’s because we pair up the most mad talented artists and designers with kids in need of the opportunity to broaden their mind-sets.
The past workshops began with the kids skating down the ramp into our Woodstock studio, minds ablaze and eyes wide open. The creative talent from both the artists and the kids exploded during the very first workshop, as the journey took them from discovering their style to developing a brand and executing their imagination. As we kept hearing about the kids’ dreams to launch clothing ranges, skate professionally, transform their communities and even become president one day, our artists’ deck designs had no hunger for inspiration. In the end, these eight beautiful designs shone each kid’s personality and dreams like little else could. We believe in the biggest dreams, because as one of our young ambassador’s said, “You can design anything you see”.
Ayanda, mentee from Khayelitshe
What I like about designing is that you can design everything that you see. Like chairs, tables and even on paper.
Alison Parker, Sk8 for Gr8 founder
The lesson is never in the end result but in the process of getting there.
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