Rick Treweek was born in Kokstad, on the 19th January in 1981. He grew up with my mom, dad and sister on a farm. With a talented artist for a mother, grandmother, and sister, it evidently runs in the family.
Rick finished high school, Rick moved to durban, where he studied digital graphic design, enjoyed the varsity lifestyle and played quake, lots of Quake.
He finished 3 years in Durban, moved to Cape Town where got his first and only job, making games and entertainment websites for the uk music industry, he lasted about a year and a half, then quit to start his own thing. Him and a friend then started Breakdesign, surviving off making bed and breakfast websites. While slogging along doing that, they made a game one day and it spread. Suddenly they were inundated with work, and had to bring in another designer and another business partner to grow a mobile company in South Africa. They realised they needed to be somewhere more tech advanced. After partner talks at various conferences around world they found themselves in Singapore for a project, ended up loving the technology and adoption of it there compared to SA, and staying 8 years. Towards second half of that adventure 3D Printing and the maker movement came knocking on the door. Rick began his foray into 3D printing and created Trobok Toys, designing and printing lots of characters; having been heavily influenced by toy culture in Asia, especially Hong Kong and Japan. Deciding it was time to move back home and dive into 3D Printing as his focus, Rick started a company called “African Robot” to expand his product range and services for the SA market. “Trobok Toys I felt would send a very confused message as we dont really have a “toy” culture here. We think toys are cheap things we buy for kids and don’t see the artistic value in the sculpture of the toy.”
It is here at the Daville Baillie where Rick has found a platform where he’s been freely able to showcase just a fraction of the depths of his talent and creativity, merging the art and tech spaces.