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…

Developing – the Kuba Inspiration Pt 4

My process begun with a bit of Kuba cloth that I own followed by Google – then moved on to library books. Before all these,  I believe the process,  like most of my work started  a long time ago when I was first introduced to African Art. I have always been keen to look at…

Kipenzi ‘Maua’ – swahili for flower

I have just had a new wave of  expansion to my life as a designer in general and in particular my life as a jeweller. I have decided to take the bull by the horn. After years of designing in a completely different way – managing the design process through others, I want to do…