Candice van der Westhuizen is a veteran Graphic Designer and Artist whose life embodies what it is to be creative. Candice has discovered that being creative is not just something that she does, but it is a part of what makes up her DNA. After a life changing encounter with God, she has been on a brand new journey discovering what true life in relationship with Christ looks like and having long lost dreams re-ignited in this process. The overflow of this process is poured out into her art and design with astounding and unique results.
Candice founded Ginosko Creative Studio in 2013 but only officially started operating on the 01 July 2015. The meaning of Ginosko (pronounced ghin-oce-koe) is “To perceive, understand, recognise, gain knowledge, realise, come to know. It is the knowledge that has an inception, a progress, and an attainment. It is the recognition of truth by personal experience.”
Candice received her National Senior Certificate for Art in the year 2000 and was awarded a bursary to study at The Open Window Art Academy. After a decision change in career paths, she started working in the printing industry as a Desktop Publisher. The invaluable foundation that was built there gave her the confidence to pursue a career in Graphic Design.
Candice has gone from strength to strength in every position she has had and is grateful to have been exposed to working in so many different industries in the Graphic Design and art world, amounting to an endless list of skills under her belt and wealth of experience.
Ginosko Creative Studio offers on point graphic design ranging from vehicle branding, to logo development to custom illustration and much more. Candice is driven by the belief that what she creates carries impact, beauty, hope, igniting change, not only in the world but also in the hearts of people. Her out of the box, visionary thinking challenges the status quo and she is passionate about bringing ideas and the dreams of others, to life.
When she is not creating, she spends time with her husband, and their two cats that she still calls kittens. She loves spending time with her family and friends and is passionate about using her creative gift in glorifying the Lord bringing life, hope and healing into broken, lost, forgotten and rejected hearts. Her luxury is Douwe Egberts Pure Indulgence coffee and dreams about her life looking like the scenery from the movie Lilo and Stitch.
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How do you feel about joining me on a journey? Maybe you have reached a crossroad in your life, and you have the burning question in your heart “What am I here for? Why am I here? and, What am I supposed to be doing with my life?”. There’s gotta be more right? This is how Ginosko Creative Studio was birthed in my own life.
One thing that God has made me aware of is that He deals with us in process. He has given us new life in Christ, but now we are in the process of learning to walk that out, so what does that look like exactly?
This is an invitation from my heart to you, that I could somehow impart to you through my craft and blog of what it is to “live on purpose” and as my mentor puts it “You happen to life”, not the other way around!
My name is Candice.
Being creative is not just something that I do, but it is a part of what makes up my DNA. I love designing and I love drawing. What I am offering here is the entirety of that process.
My Father gave me a gift, before the foundations of the earth. Before I was formed in my mother’s womb. He breathed creativity into the very core of my being. I am creative because my Father is the Creator of all the Heaven’s and earth. He alone is Sovereign and He has taught me that because He is Creator, and I am His ‘created’, partnering with Him is a divine capacity.
My Father is the reason why I do what I do with such passion, precision, dedication and excellence and it is from this place that Ginosko Creative Studio has come into being. More than anything, I want my work to reflect His beauty, even if it is a tiny facet of it compared to the enormity of it, His matchless nature which is complete and perfect, with hope that my small contribution in this life would make an impact on people from all walks of life bringing hope and healing into broken, lost, forgotten, abandoned and rejected hearts.
So I have chosen to be real here, because it is the truth and I have nothing to lose. I have spent 3 years short of half of my life “discovering” who I WASN’T, and have now found my life and who I really am…in Christ. Because only He knows the REAL me, and daily, He is undoing the lies of who I thought I was and revealing a higher truth, Himself. He really is the way, the truth, and the life.
This…is all about HIM. Welcome to this journey and my prayer is that you would discover your story in the silver thread of my own, because this is available to every, person on this planet, no matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you have done, or what has been done to you. LOVE is a person, His name is Jesus Christ and He knocks on the door of your heart, what have you got to lose?
If you have read this far, I want to thank you. Thank you for being here, and thank you for taking the time to read through all of this. I appreciate it!