Saturday, June 25, 2016
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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
MADE/AWARE: Socially Engaged Practices SDA Craft + Concept Intensive 2015 - Wednesday, October 07, 2015
This Thursday through Sunday, October 8 – 11, Surface Design Association will be holding a conference in Gatlinburg, TN. The list of speakers is impressive: Namita Gupta Wiggers, Mary Fisher, Laura Sansone, Rowland Ricketts, Charllotte Kwon, Catharine Ellis, Yoshiko Wads, Carole Frances Lung and others.

The topics covered are: “Art Activism/ Socially-Engaged Art (SEA)/ Natural Dyeing and Low Impact Colorants/ Ethical Fashion/ Sustainable Cloth” as stated on the above website.
I will be attending, and giving a short presentation on Njabini Wool Crafters in Kenya. I totally expect this to be a very dynamic and interactive conference.
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Njabini Wool Crafters of Kenya - Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Njabini Wool Crafters continue to work wonders with wool. GREAT NEWS! The new workshop is nearly completed at their new property on the Engineer Road on the Kinangop Plateau, Central Kenya.

To see more, visit their site at http://www.njabiniwoolcrafts.org/
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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!

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