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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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Gutoiya whose need initiated the formation of the basket association

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

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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 flows over into consulting and working with groups in Kenya, the US and Caribbean, all places where I have lived.

Enjoy articles on traditional and contemporary weaving in Kenya.   Learn about weaving communities in Kenya and highlights of my involvement in weaving with the people wherever I live by reading my Blog or 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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 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!

 Announcements
Janice's Blog - Sunday, July 01, 2012

Visit my Blog where you can keep current with what I am doing, with developments in the fiber arts in Kenya and the USA.  

In Kenya, Njabini Woolspinning and Weaving Workshop has been growing strongly but will be uprooted from its workshop soon.  Read below and in the Outreach  tab for more information and how you can help.

As Vice President of the Weaver's Guild of Greater Baltimore I am amazed at the professionalism and the talent of guild members.  The Marylandn Sheep and Wool Festival in May was a showcase for much of what guild members produce.  Thirty of the awards in the Skein and Garment competition were awarded to guild members.    

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Inspirations - Sunday, July 01, 2012

Get acquainted with the new format and features of my site. 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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