This sculpture, made from discarded flip flops that have been handcrafted by artisans at Kenya's Ocean Sole Company, exhibits the graceful lines of African giraffes.
Every year, ocean tides bring thousands of flip flops from all over the world to the shores of the East African coast, creating an environmental disaster for marine and beach life. Residents and artisans make the most out of this situation by transforming the foam into safari sculptures.
Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary. Measures 7"L x 3"W x 14"T. Size may vary slightly.
The Flip Flop Recycling Company was started in 1997 on the north coast of Kenya by conservationist Julie Church. This unparalleled social enterprise collects, cleans, and converts discarded flip flops and foam shoes into stunning one-of-a-kind art. Operated from a tranquil compound near Nairobi's Karen neighborhood, the FFRC creates employment and art for local women, young men, and children while also protecting marine life.
Designed to showcase small plants and succulents, these handmade African sculptures are are welded outside of Nairobi using washers, nuts, and other salvaged metal pieces. The bottom of each sculpture is very porous so consideration should be given during planting.
The sculptures can be displayed inside or outside of the home and are one-of-a-kind. Because they are made of metal, the sculptures will develop a patina when exposed to the elements.
Small measures 8"L x 6"W x 20"T. Large measures 8"L x 7"W x 24"T. Size may vary slightly.
Moses and his small workshop of craftsmen build their own welding machines out of copper coil, tape, steel rod, and a sheet metal housing in order to create these spectacular metal works of art. Moses began his artistic career making furniture, but quickly switched to sculpture after an interested European buyer created a demand for his works abroad.
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These modern reindeer are hand-carved from solid soapstone in western Kenya. Nairobi artists hand-dye the surface to a rich red.
Choose from a variety of size options for a whimsical holiday display!
Small measures 3.5"T. Medium measures 4.5"T. Large measures 5"T. Fair trade.
At the Ndima Crafts' finishing shop in Nairobi’s industrial district, roughly a dozen artisans of varied ethnicity bring raw soapstone to life by using non-toxic synthetic dyes under the leadership of Charles Ndibe. Charle's exacting standards of quality and friendly demeanor make him one of Swahili Modern's most reliable vendors.
These darling wooden ornaments are hand-carved and stained using jacaranda wood in Western Kenya.
The giraffe and zebra ornaments are hand-painted with fur patterns while the elephants are stained to a rich coffee brown. Each ornament is unique and measures 2"-3" tall (not including hanging ribbon).
The Kikomba wood carving cooperative consists of a large group of skilled carvers working under one umbrella on a compound in Nairobi. Utilizing the power of numbers, the cooperative procures wood legally for members, ensuring more time can be spent carving.