Art is life, the things we see and do on a daily basis all combined together brought into a summary in the form of a simple painting or drawing. Art is not just about pretty things neither is it what we see but what we make others visualize. It is also an outward expression of an inward emotional conflict, feelings and even happiness. When I saw the art beside me with a half face lady at Uweza Art, I couldn’t straight forward tell the hidden meaning of the image. I thought it was just a beautiful paint of a lady’s lips who is silenced or is hiding from the world.
During the December holiday, we set out to meet one of the women support group based in Kibera. This was on our continually search for brands that create African designs and local products. Upon arrival we met Angelina the support group lead, a multitalented woman who trains the group into making various products using her artistic skills. Some of their items include; Mats which comes in various shapes and colors depending on their purposes ie. (floor, table, bathroom & toilet mats), baby shoes crochet, homemade detergents from regular soaps to antiseptics, bags, and other accessories. Through this they are able to monetize their products enabling them to support themselves as most of them are either widows or single mums. I found the group to be welcoming and high in spirit in their activities enabling me to learn how to sew mats. No doubt the experience was one of a kind.
Yet again the year is young with so much optimism and enthusiasm. Success, fun, new ventures are at the top of our imaginations, it’s time to unfold new pages and start new chapters in our lives. Memories of our experiences will continually linger in our minds, they will sneak out of our eyes and roll down our cheeks, make us wish that we had done some things differently, smile no matter what’s going on in our lives and give us hope of a better tomorrow. All in all we should appreciate what we have, where we are and who we are with in this moment. I wish you a happy new year, may you have the strength to build a brighter tomorrow, continue reading & sharing my blog post and shop for products in store for you this coming new year.
Merry Christmas to all, wishing you peace and joy this holiday seasons and throughout the coming year. Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in this holiday season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing old memories, traditions and rituals. One thing about Christmas though is that you can’t give up on shopping, so this week oremmm.com will be uploading different products from vendors on the product shop section. The product page is for advertising items from accessories to natural skin care oils and other consumer product. When you click on any item in the product page it will redirect you to the vendors contact details or site enabling you to shop directly from them. Giving you a chance to interacted one on one with them and also make custom orders. This week as you shop, don’t forget to visit oremmm.com to enjoy shopping directly from our vendors. Lastly if you are a vendor making any African designs and local products, Oremmm.com has a Christmas gift for you. We are giving the first ten vendors who will email us about their products, free space on our product page to showcase their items. Don’t hesitate, send five images of the items you want to showcase, their description and the link you wants to connecting to. Happy holidays.
Maasai art which is dominated by bead-work remains the focus of demonstrating the most authentic ethnic tribe of Kenya the Maasai. The bead-work is used to create accessories like necklaces, bracelets, pendants, anklets, belts, and sandals, as well as home decor and a number of household tools. Their products are for both men and women, and they’re used in cultural practices such as weddings, rituals, and community events. It is considered a woman’s duty to do bead-work from Maasai community but that has changed and almost anyone from any tribe in Kenya can do bead-work whether male or female.
First time attending a wedding I was twelve years, my mum sew an outfit that made me look like a thirty five year old lady going to work. I loved it, tell me to wear that type of outfit now and see my jaws drop down before saying a word. Anyway back then, weddings weren’t as fun for me as I imagined they would be, but recently things have been different. I no longer go with mum to weddings since turning eighteen, preparation starts quite early not just to attend the wedding but also to meet with friends, take photos, eat and talk about wedding fantasies including: the bridegroom to be, bridesmaids, theme color, food but most importantly when we are getting married and how we want it to be.
A woman’s bag carries her whole life not to mention even a spoon, that’s why you have to be cautious before looking inside a woman’s bag without her permission. Generally a bag is a very important accessories in every individual’s life, not only does it help to carry things around but also to keep stuff. Before it’s was rare to spot someone carrying an African print bag around unless it’s in an event so as to have a sense of uniqueness from the rest. This is gradually changing and carrying an African print bag is becoming a trend. That’s where Biafrik comes in with African designed bags for different occasion including gym, office, travel and night outs. I have no doubt you will love Biafrik collection of tailored African bags.
My first glance at this handmade crafts fell on their uncomplicated attractiveness. Uniquely created from waste bones sourced from butcheries and slaughterhouses. Passed down from our ancestors who used bones to create weapons, musical instruments, utensils, and carved articles. Steel and plastic has been a hazard to our environment and the resourceful bones are now being considered fit for human use at Victorious bones art craft in Kibera.
Leather-beads choker from angeliquewear
Growing up comes with so much responsibility, constantly reflecting on who we really are and our purpose in life. Three months ago I stopped posting articles on my website though I was active on social-media. It was time to hold on the line to reconsider the life I had chosen to live, and I had to be true to myself without selfish doing things to satisfy my ego. Staying true was key for me, a decision that completely changed my life plans, I knew I had to stand alone, stop kicking against the pricks and let go.
Recently I posted two articles on facebook related to how Africa is fairing on with embracing African wear including the authenticity of the fabrics. It may take a while for some countries to adopt to this culture which to me should just come out naturally, because our resources are our greatest treasure. Africa has really amazing resources that are fabricated to come up with outstanding products. This includes the African jewelry’s which are known for quality and beauty all over the world. Made from different raw materials like the African krobo bracelets made in Ghana.