Browse Stories in Kenya

Written by Rudy Arispe on Mar 20 2017 - 11:10am
In her work “Gitiiro,” Kenyan-born artist Naomi Wanjiku has cut, dyed and linked pieces of sheet metal to assemble her wall hanging that mimics the swaying movement of a dancer. Wanjiku explained that sheet metal is used mainly for roofing materials and walls and is particularly associated with Mabati women’s groups of the 1960s in Central Kenya. They organized to improve their communities by upgrading the roofs of their homes using sheet metal.
Written by Rudy Arispe on Sep 20 2016 - 5:36pm
Although her journeys have carried her from her home in Kenya to the campus of UCLA, to the streets of San Francisco and finally to the opens arms of the Alamo City, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga still cherishes her African roots and culture, and fond memories of her grandmother and her friends, who were basket weavers.