Njola is a founder of Njola impressions and was one of the facilitators at kwetu kwanza 2019,
She is an artist who reinvents industrial wastes collected from ghetto communities from Kampala, Bwaise, Kamwokya and more, she works in communities where poor garbage disposal especially buvera (''plastic bags'' in Luganda) heightens flooding or stagnant water and increases disease, whilst tyres are breeding spots for mosquitoes, burned during demonstrations or sometimes for setting thieves on fire as mob justice.
Nola transforms bags, car tyres and discarded sandals into intricate artworks innovative skills learned from her mother, a weaver of traditional palm mats.
Njola wants to bring about positive change through these materials after the toxic association.
She is a co-founder at Reform Africa and was one of the facilitators at kwentu kwanza 2019 .
REFORM AFRICA is a social venture that transforms plastic waste polythene bags into durable, sustainable and water proof bags and accessories.
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In the year 2013, an artist by the names Kateeba Joel, had a strong passion and love for discovering new techniques of painting after having made researches from the local artists with in the areas where he used to stay i.e Nateete, Mutundwe and Rubaga-Kampala Uganda.
At the age of 17, Kateeba Joel started advancing to use internet to generate new ideologies to hit the art markets, it wasn’t an easy journey for him to come up as a solo artist from scratch. He started working with schools and NGOs, painting murals on walls, teaching and sharing positive themes with kids and youths. He worked with small retail businesses, branded fabric and attires for small youth groups.
used to stay with his big brother renting a small room in the Kampala suburbs from where he started a life of hustle. Un fortunately he did not get a chance of joining high institutions for further studies due to lack of adequate funds. His entire life survived on art and he is still making a living out of art. Through this, he gives a hand to his siblings, family, mom, dad and a few from the community using the little he has.
He self-discovered an art technique through his daily hand practices with a backup of inspirations from artists like Taaga-frames, Felix Lubega and Leonardo Davinchi . His art techniques are unique in such away that he listens to the voices inside him which he refers to as MUNZE “meaning with in me”. He harmonizes MUNZE with his ability to paint using more than 10 brush movements to create pieces that communicate to the community and the entire world. On top of that he uses fire to develop different colour tones in the way of storytelling on the final canvas piece.
His pieces are created out of imaginations of the present , past and the future with high concentration of the mind. He makes researches in different cultures, societies and regions i.e. in Northern Uganda, West Nile (regions with severe war attack) and Kampala ghetto areas (where there is zero hope) and creates harmony, unity and love through general painting which brings hope in the society. Some materials are recycled from the environment where research is carried out from. After realizing the need for art in the community, Kateeba created a platform (K. AFRO PAINTS ART) to support young artists from different art cultures and communities to display their work, do annual exhibitions, hold art therapy sessions and mentoring them to become future leaders .This could be the only way to answer the general call for souls in the community.
Oyisse Nyamoga Romywald (OYISSE) is a young producer, beat maker, song writer and DJ from Bukavu DR
Is a fashion designer and an exhibitor art kwentu kwanza 2019. here Cecily ophelia exhibited her new collection known as
(ETAKA (OF THE EARTH)
AWAY IS A PLACE. It is a desert on fire. WE’VE FUCKED UP. Our climate is in a state of catastrophe.
‘Etaka’ is my projection of beauty amongst apocalyptic visions of a destroyed landscape. Situated in this “AWAY” place, somewhere between the utopian and dystopian wreckages of postmodernity. Considering my own place in the creative renewal of this catastrophe, my collection followscertain principles of wabi sabi, in that it is made primarily from recycled and natural materials “whose devolution is expressive and attractive.” (Andew Juniper-Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence).
It is also for this reason I have placed emphasis on the handmade. Valuing the process of time serves both as a therapy and a protest against the voracious cycle of the fashion treadmill, which weaves obsolescence into the very fabric of its garments.
‘Etaka’ is the Ugandan word for the red earth in the Lugandan language. Having spent time in Uganda, one this that always stays with me is the rich colour of the earth, which settles as dust on every surrounding surface. It is as if the leaves and the branches and even the backs of animals have been “Sugar-coated in red”.
Last year I spent seven months in Uganda and Rwanda working for Paper Fig Foundation, a small foundation that works to promote the local fashion industries in East Africa. It does this by providing training to women and girls as a way for them to earn an income and become financially independent. It also works to seek out local fashion talent and provide them with support and mentorship as well as providing them with a platform to showcase at regional fashion weeks. I have since been back on numerous occasions to continue my work there.
For my graduate collection, I decided to return to Uganda to work with Kanyogoa Mums group, an incredible group of women and single mothers from a large slum community in Kampala, to whom I previously was teaching pattern cutting and crochet. They helped me to hand crochet the pieces for my collection in return for financial support. I also worked with local artisans and craftswomen in Kigali, Rwanda, who worked on hand embroidery and accessories.
I was particularly inspired by local Ugandan materials such as bark cloth, matembe (seeds), and nsimbi (cowrie shells). Barkcloth is a traditional Ugandan fabric harvested from the Mutuba tree, an indigenous tree. The tree is not harmed during harvesting, rather the bark of the tree regenerates and can be harvested repeatedly over dozens of years, meaning it is both an environmentally-friendly and renewable material.
Charlie is a fashion and one of the fashion designers who photo exhibited her latest collection called ''BIRDS DON'T FLOAT'' a story beginning in south Africa designed for modern woman. sexy and unafraid .constructed totally from surplus fabrics gathered mostly from grandma's left overs from south Africa in the 60s, even down to the buttons, hand made and hand painted , crafted in Dorset clay sourced from waste material left over from a lake being dug. the birds are my metaphor, my girls don't float, they spread their wings and soar high taking the world by storm. Proud to be who they are.