The work is overwhelming, so you can’t do it on your own. You can come up with a concept and then train people to print and die. I work with Amani ya Juu, a women’s organisation that trains women with skills so they can empower themselves. We train them on how to dye and print, basically fabric design so they can provide for themselves and their families.
The fabric design industry in Kenya is not developed yet and the collapse of the cotton industry did not help either. It is big in Tanzania but not here. I hope to be at the forefront of the movement to help the industry prosper.
Advice for aspiring fabric designer…
The industry is still young and so you will not see any job advertisement. You have to be inventive with how you do job searches — look for organisations that need a fabric designer and apply. Also be determined and do not give up.
What do you do for fun?
I love my work and so I am a bit of a workaholic but I always make time to watch movies and to hangout with friends.