We sit down with the bubbly artist who talks to us about her brand, the Sunshine Club and goals for the future.
Tell us a little about yourself
I trained as a communication designer and worked at an agency for a little while. I really didn’t like it so I decided to go back to school and studied African Studies which i loved! After graduation, I worked at a sustainable development company for about 3 years. After that, I decided to work for myself because i needed a creative outlet.
What has been the greatest moment so far?
When I started, I did small events just to get off the ground. The first event was in December 2016 and the response was amazing! From that moment, I haven’t looked back.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from Africa. Everything from nature, crafts from around the continent, textiles and patterns.
You said you studied African Studies, how does that impact what you do?
It has had a great impact on my clients for example earlier this year, I was working on graphic recording for conferences and some comments people made were things like, ‘You have a good understanding of the issues we discussed!’
Have you had a chance to collaborate with people and what has been your favourite?
We did a couple of bag designs with Sandstorm last year. It was fun to work with a different brand and to see everything come together.
Which artists do you love?
There’s a Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu who I love. She’s an artist and an activist which you can tell through the messages she conveys. I bumped into her many years ago when we lived in the same building and that’s how I became a fan.
Tell us a little about your subscription box
It’s called The Sunshine Club. Every month, we put together a surprise package of our products and goodies with our design and sometimes we partner with brands. When you sign up, you don’t actually know what you’ll get inside; that’s the surprise!
Do you have any other things you like to do?
Swimming is one of my favourite things to do. I write as well; I have a blog where i write about my own experiences such as how I balance work while being a mum.
Why the Afri- love festival?
I got the name from my blog. A lot of it is celebrating African creativity. I had thought about the festival for years and this year, my mentor challenged me to ‘do something big’ and I just decided to give it a go. We wanted to showcase creativity so we had a market and invited other vendors. We also had a program of workshops and talks so people could do their shopping and learn something new while at it.
So what does the future look like for you?
I really want us to expand our product line, explore fabrics, home decor items and such type of things. We also want to go into new markets by moving beyond Nairobi.
We wouldn’t be Yummy if we didn’t ask your top spots to eat.
My favourite Pizza is from Mediterraneo but I also love Seven because they have great seafood. My comfort food is cake so I’m always on the hunt for new spots for cake. I love Indian sweets too – Sweety sweets is my go-to spot!