Have a Kipenzi Christmas this year!

We have had a great three Saturdays this year- you can tell from the pictures! Still, that does not mean we are closed for business. There is a bit more shopping in us yet! The online shop is still open or if you are close by let us know and you can come to the…

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…

Badili

Designing a ceramic jewellery collection for Stone Crest’s special projects. Having work with various ceramic artisans as well as  a fairly large handmade beads and ceramics workshop in Kenya has given me  a lot of experience.  Together with access to resources on trends and the ability to be creative was a wonderful start for my…