Kuba Inspired Jewellery

  Kuba Cloth This line of jewellery is inspired by Kuba cloth. Of particular interest is the interruption of the expected line and the disruption of previous western style fixation with ‘repeats’. This aspect makes each Kuba clothe unique and yet there is this satisfying sense of accomplished composition and design that does not rely…

Work Practice: A few days teaching never hurt anyone!

Another first for Kipenzi. I feel as if  I am finally becoming part of the art/design establishment in Frome UK. Someone looked up to me professionally as a business owner for a while and though time consuming,  it was quite exciting. A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if  I could have a 14…

Being Featured: Editors pick

I am very excited to let you know that Kipenzi is in the latest issue of the Crafts& Design Magazine! Look out for the Editors Picks! To be featured in a Craft and Design Magazine and even  better under editors choice is a real thrill. I f I was  unsure about how others see my…

Kipenzi at the BCTF 2016

Its been interesting preparing for and participation in The British Craft Trade Fair. Here are some picture in the Hall and outside _ Harrogate!

Developing the Kuba Inspiration Pt 4

The cut out designs are derived from African motifs, specifically, from Kuba textiles from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These traditional textiles are characterised by elaborative and complex design and surface decoration.

Developing the Kuba Inspiration Pt 3

The after the cut-outs – I made maquettes using wood and card. I then translated these into metal shapes using copper rod extruded through a former to make a 3mm by 3mm square profile rod. The tricky bit is soldering the ends just right but leaving the piece enough ‘rawness’ to have the subtle geometry…