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…

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…

New From Kipenzi! Resonance with the self!

After I moved to  England – Kipenzi has had to move in two directions! we have Kipenzi Kenya that has always done well as a wholesale business and supported craftspeople in design and marketing. I now am designing and making jewellery in my workshop in England.  This is a small bit but with the passion…

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…

Cleaning jewellery

 8 tips on cleaning for all jewellery Following these steps will keep them in top shape and you can choose when you want to get the brilliant shine back on.I sometimes like to enjoy the subdued oxidised phase before cleaning. Here are a few  tips for how to maintain and how to clean when your…

  Care and cleaning of our products 

Care and cleaning of our products Each Kipenzi piece is carefully made with a deliberate gloss or matt finish. To keep your product looking great, you need to clean and care for it appropriately. We update this column regularly with tips especially using simple methods and materials you can easily find at home. Horn &…

Contemporary Jewellery

As a designer, one is faced with the two core aspects of your work – on one hand you have the process that validates the product. When you have rigorously adhered to this process,  your work can be proudly passed on as a design piece. On the other hand one has to be able to explain…

Kiondo Baskets

“Would you like the fine weave of the rough weave?”  that is always a difficult one as they are both superb products! Sisal grows abundantly in parts of Kenya particularly the Eastern province.  Basket weaving has been a strong aspect of the province’s inhabitants livelihoods through the years. The basic basket is made from hand-processed…