Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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Resilient tree that grows in East Africa

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close-up view of center area of tree

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Njabini Woolspinning and Weaving Workshop

Weavers learning new weave structures

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Janice teaching new weaving techniques

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close-up of sewing thread and fine wool inlaid in linen

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Woven with wild sisal which was handspun for me by Samburu women from Ngurunit, Northern Kenya

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Gutoiya whose need initiated the formation of the basket association

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Gamp of fractals inspired by African math

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Welcome to JGK Designs. 

My woven art is art created thread by thread.  My joy in creating woven art has flowed over into consulting with groups in Kenya, the US and Caribbean, all places where I have lived.

Enjoy articles on traditional and contemporary weaving in Kenya by going to the Outreach section.   Gain insights into what is involved in creating selected pieces of art by clicking on the Art tab.  

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 Announcements
Gallery B Exhibit a Success - Thursday, April 02, 2015

"Beyond the Surface" exhibit at Gallery B in Bethesda was a great success.  Selected pieces of mine, along with pieces from Shelva Gallman, Shelley Marie and Michele Morgan drew crowd through the month of March.  I have added a picture of me weaving a warp dyed in two layers that I am weaving on a small loom.

 

 
Inspirations - Sunday, February 15, 2015

 I have included an Inspirations section under Art where I go into detail about the motivations behind and techniques and fibers used in specific works. This I will populate with more pieces as time allows.

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Gallery B Exhibit a Success - Thursday, April 02, 2015

"Beyond the Surface" exhibit at Gallery B in Bethesda was a great success.  Selected pieces of mine, along with pieces from Shelva Gallman, Shelley Marie and Michele Morgan drew crowd through the month of March.  I have added a picture of me weaving a warp dyed in two layers that I am weaving on a small loom.

 
 LIVELIHOODS AND ENDANGERED SPECIES IN PERIL

Njabini Woolspinning and Weaving Workshop will lose its workshop soon and needs to find a new location. The endangered bird, Sharpe's Longclaw, the bird that coexists with the sheep that provide wool for the workshop, is also at risk. The workshop not only provides employment and training of local people living below the poverty level, but they educate people on conservation of the grasslands and habitat where the endangered birds exist.

PLEASE HELP SAVE THE NJABINI WORKSHOP AND THE LIVELIHOODS OF THESE AND OTHER DEDICATED INDIVIDUALS. HELP SAVE THE ENDANGERED BIRD, THE SHARPE'S LONGCLAW.

GO TO MY Outreach/Get Involved PAGE TO JOIN US. Contact me for more information.

THANK YOU!

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