Magadlela works with art-making techniques that are traditionally used by women. Embroidery, sewing with various culturally and socially loaded materials, from pantyhose to sheeting and correctional service uniforms, is of particular significance for her practice. She creates powerful abstract compositions by cutting, stitching, and stretching these materials across wooden frames.
Her subject matter moves between articulations of personal experiences of being a woman and mother on the one hand, and narratives from black South African history, on the other. Magadlela engages in a conversation on the colonization of black bodies and women using a unique mix of historically charged textiles. From Apartheid prison uniforms to commercial pantyhose, Magadlela employs rich layers of metaphor in each body of work.