Video by Engala Dereje.
The final day of Nairobi Design Week 2018 was a celebration of the process of creation, under our festival theme of Resource & Community. Make a Day of it asked exhibitors to not only display and sell their products, but also share stories of how they work, think and make. The event took place at The Alchemist Bar on March 24th 2018.
By the entrance, the WEEE Centre were raising awareness of the importance of recycling electronic waste. They displayed a selection of electronic goods which had been turned into items such as jewellery, as well as collecting visitors’ e-waste and explaining to them the recycling process.
Chillimango displayed the screen printing process which is crucial in making many of their t-shirts, and next to them Lyndsey Odhiambo was painting visitors bodies and faces with all sorts of inspired, Afrofuturistic patterns.
Baobab World made this their first ever exhibition appearance, and showed a large selection of leather bags and wallets, catering to anyone from bikers to fashionistas. We like products that are made to last and you can feel the quality that comes out of their workshop.
The stage was filled with Bega Kwa Bega artists’ work, ranging from large canvases to small triptychs. The centre of The Alchemist turned into a miniature zoo, with Ocean Sole’s colourful display of animals, made out of recycled flip flops.
Erregatti were making their handstitched journals, and showed their own impressive selection of architectural and product drawings. These are some of the most satisfying Kenyan made notebooks we’ve come across.
Designers Samir Breezy and Esperanza, who visited us from Kakuma Refugee Camp to share their stories and the colourful pieces they had on display.
Maro Designs brought an impressive selection of their beautiful jewellery and accessories, which are created out of bone and horn, but the way they’re presented gives the impression of much more exclusive materials.
Love Artisan set up an entire carpentry workshop, building and upholstering chairs throughout the day. They also brought with them two limited edition chairs, which were made with genuine Nigerian fabric from the 1950s.
Across from them, Shop Soko had come with a team fully equipped to show and tell how their artisan and Kenyan made jewellery is created.
Upstairs contained more exhibitors. Flipflopi are currently running a crowdfunding campaign, they are building the world’s first sailing dhow out of recycled plastic. Next to them, Precious Plastic Kisii showed their incredible creations, made on open source machines and manufactured out of recycled plastic. Kuunda3D, East Africa’s leading Ultimaker 3D printer distributors, kept guests fascinated with the fun possibilities of 3D printing.
DJ Kace gave the exhibitors a soundtrack to the end of the day and a fitting send off for the 2018 festival. We can’t wait to work more with the exhibitors and look forward to keeping you updated on their progress. If you’re interested in participating in future events, let us know. You can also have a profile on our Design Directory by simply signing up.