Joani is a lecturer in the Visual Arts Department, as well as a jewellery designer, goldsmith and artist. She sees her technical grounding as a medium that allows her to make conceptual art. She graduated with a Bachelor in Visual Art (Creative Jewellery and Metal Design) degree from Stellenbosch University in 2009 where after she enrolled in the graduate training programme in 2010. During this time she worked as an apprentice goldsmith and consequently qualified as a goldsmith at the end of 2011. In March 2015, she successfully completed her Masters in Visual Arts degree at Stellenbosch University, achieving a distinction. She has participated in numerous, national and international contemporary jewellery exhibitions during her time as student and lecturer.
Joani views contemporary jewellery as medium through which one can critically reflect upon one’s social and political environment. Her research interests are memory studies, specifically in relation to a South African context. She continues to make art that feeds to and from these research interests. Her art questions the stability of memory and narrative while also challenging the traditional function of jewellery.