Ensuring a Future
Krafty Artz, Nakuru, Kenya
|Last coat of paint for enamel mugs at the Kenya Kraftz workshop, Nakuru.|
The company was started in 1990 with a few jigsaws, trays and tablemats. Pepe Shaw and her husband Ian moved to Kenya and bought the business in 2008 and over the last five years have seen a dramatic change. The business works with about 60 very talented local Kenyan men and women and making a range of stunning homeware and gift products that include key rings, fridge magnets, trays, tablemats, coasters, key racks, mugs and so forth. These products are decorated using a combination of individual hand decoration – (every dot on a guinea fowl, every stripe on a zebra and every marking on a giraffe – individually painted by hand) and the application of prints – taken from original artwork by the very talented in house artists. The business works hard to promote the individual talents of local Kenyan artists. When coming up with a new range for our tablemats and coasters – a competition between the artists. The best artwork is chosen for the range and the winners earn commission on products sold using prints from that range.
|Mary and Joseph creating new items in the Workshop, Nakuru|
|Kariuki and paintbrush completing some delicate paintwork|
The aim is to provide a fun, safe and ethical working environment for talented local Kenyan artists and artisans. They strive to produce products of the very highest quality, with designs that are bright, fun and sit happily in any home in the world!
|The Kenya Kraftz team outside their workshop in Nakuru. Kenya.|