Meet Dorica Singini a.k.a @Alternative.dorica. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview with Visit Malawi.
So, tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Dorica aka Alternative.Dorica?
I am an artist. I was born and raised in Lilongwe, Malawi.
I do visual arts, both traditional and digital. I do portraits using pencil,acrylics and other mediums.
I do digital art for illustration and branding purposes as well.
How did you get started?
I’ve always been interested in art but it kicked off after I starting living abroad.
How long have you been at it and where does your inspiration come from?
I’ve been drawing for years, but I’ve only been doing it professionally for the past 3 years.
When and what else can we expect from Dorica Singini?
I am currently working on my clothing line as well as a YouTube channel that will feature a lot of subjects including art.
What is your advice to other people who would like to follow in your footsteps?
I think I’ll start by saying everybody has a different journey, none are identical.
you have to believe in your dream and hold on to it regardless of the environment.
Be willing to learn, always work on your craft because its never finished.
How can they get started?
There is no right way or wrong way to start but I think it helps to start from the basics.
You cant run before you walk, it starts to show in your work because with art you get what you put in.
Art is practical but it also involves a lot of studying.
Now, just to change the direction of the interview a little bit, I hope you don’t mind me asking about your perspective on Malawi as a millennial.
Where do you see Malawian Millennial’s in the next 10 years?
I think ten years from now, Malawian millennials are going to have more freedom.
Freedom to not only pursue their passion, but also to make a proper living from it.
Do you feel Malawian brands value (influencers, creators etc) and compensate them fairly?
Right now, I don’t think Malawian brands value value creatives fairly.
I think people don’t understand how hard it is to sit down and come up with original ideas.
They always sell this idea that they are giving them exposure so they don’t need pay them what they’re worth.
What then can be done to change this?
I think creatives need to understand their value and make it known.
It sounds hard because it might involve turning down jobs but we have to set the standard.
If our standards are low then that is what we’ll get.
Do you feel Malawians support each other enough? if yes, how and if no, then why?
I don’t think Malawians support each other enough.
We don’t show the same enthusiasm for local talent compared to international.
I think we have this mentality of underestimating ourselves and when we see someone succeeding, we feel threatened.
If you feel there is a lack of local support, how can we change that narrative so people are more eager to help lift one another?
We need to understand that when one Malawian wins, we all do.
That person will pave the way and the next person won’t have it so hard.
If you could have one open door that could elevate your work and brand, what would you wish and hope for?
If I could have an opportunity to elevate my work/brand, it would be a collaboration with a big brand in apparel.
Where do you Dorica Singini, see yourself in the next 10 years?
In ten years I see myself with my apparel line up and running among my other businesses.
I would hope to have contributed to the art sector in Malawi, through scholarships or an education facility.
For the curious, are you single or taken?
I am currently in a relationship.
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Last but not least, how can people get in touch with you? (All your social media etc..)
You can get in touch with me on Instagram at alternative.dorica or through email at singinidorica.gmail.com
Thank you for visually taking us along into your world.
We’re grateful that you could chat with us.
It is so breathtaking to hear from a Malawian millennial go-getter!
We wish you all the best in all your endeavours.
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