THE THINGS THAT WE DO
This NEON x 98 Crafted’s collaborative exhibition is a response to gentrification, globalisation and a culture of homogenised creativity.
Through the African tradition of storytelling, we discovered and translated local habits into objects co-designed with artisans.
The exhibition launched at Design Week Addis Ababa, with live interactions, including sketching with visitors and sending them 3D scans of themselves.
Development and production was completed in Nairobi, and the exhibition was displayed at Nairobi National Museum for 6 weeks, launched during Nairobi Design Week 2019.
Each object was 3D scanned to preserve it digitally, and allow anyone with a smartphone to view it, in line with our values of accessibility and inclusivity.
Starting with an audio description, sketches & prototypes were created into physical objects by local makers, and finally 3D scanned.
Kristine Kithaka of Crochet by Kuki at Nairobi Design Week 2019.
"My mum brought me back a crochet bikini from Jamaica ... so I got on YouTube and learned how to do it."
Loyd Ngele is the founder of Wood Craft on Ngong Rd, Nairobi.
"Our designs don't alter its natural shape much, it's the same tree, but you make it useful in another way."
"You learn something new every day".
Big Five tell us how their name came to be and about life making metal animals in Nairobi.
Asego General Woodwork is Christopher Dianga's carpentry shop on Ngong Rd, Nairobi.
"Our youth can make a decision at this time, that crafts are going to be beneficial for their future."
John Mungai, founder of Tope Creations talks of how he started with a single potter's wheel and kiln, which he bought with his savings, and how his business has grown through his love of pottery.
THANK YOU FOR VISITING 'THE THINGS THAT WE DO'
NAIROBI DESIGN WEEK
Supported by :
British Council – East Africa Arts
Live Exhibitions :
Design Week Addis Ababa (11 - 17 February 2019) and
Nairobi Design Week (17 - 23 March 2019).
NEON, 98 Crafted, Design Week Addis Adaba
Asego Woodwork, Wood Craft, Big 5, Tope Pottery, Crochet by Kuki
3D Scanning :