Etsy store & Christmas Boutique

Just in case you are interested in unique gift ideas, as the holidays ever so rapidly and magically approach, a few changes to my Etsy shop... I've added notecards, 6 for $15, in various theme groupings, hand-assembled with cardstock and matte/lustre photos of my original artwork: My fine art limited edition giclee prints are fully…Read more Etsy store & Christmas Boutique

From Their Hands to Yours… Part 2: Kumbatia

I stand with my two sons Jacob and Justin, our friend Jenny, and my mother-in-law Joann, staring out over mountains of garbage as far as we can see. The expanse is simply staggering in its immensity. In the distance, massive machines move the refuse. The stench is so thick, it's actually visible in thick haze…Read more From Their Hands to Yours… Part 2: Kumbatia

From Their Hands to Yours… Tuungane Pamoja

As an artist, I am passionate about other creative people, especially those buried in situations where they struggle to have a voice. My involvement with Pamba Toto (my friend and I founded the business in 2006) beats at the core of my heart… For these artisans buried in Nairobi slums to realize how incredibly talented…Read more From Their Hands to Yours… Tuungane Pamoja

Three Invitations…

You are invited... A Unique Christmas Boutique My head is bouncing with ideas... I'm spray-painting coat trees, hanging Ikea wires, packaging cards, and deckling edges of prints. The Unique Christmas Boutique is coming, just over a week away. Soon my teenage boys will move all the furniture out, and the magic transformation will commence! Soon…Read more Three Invitations…

Creating a photo essay

This past summer I enjoyed the incredible privilege of taking an on-line class with photographer and blogger Otto von Münchow. My learning curve felt like a ride up a roller coaster hill:  rapid, challenging, thrilling. I shot some of the workshop while in Kenya and then photographed images back in the US to add in, with…Read more Creating a photo essay

From Their Hands to Yours – a Pamba Toto photo essay

As an artist, I am passionate about other creative people, especially those buried in situations where they struggle to have a voice. My involvement with Pamba Toto beats at the core of my heart… For these women buried in Nairobi slums to realize how incredibly talented they are and how much their voice matters, as well as being empowered to provide for the children they love. I count it one of my life’s greatest privileges to stand with these beautiful artisans.

From Their Hands to Yours…
A Pamba Toto photo essay

1 Kibera slum in Nairobi Children in Kibera slum

2 Korogocho slum City dump, managed by “slum lords,” next to and scoured by Korogocho slum residents for a livelihood

3 Mathare Valley slum Child in Mathare Valley slum

5 Korogocho artisan with children An artisan in the Korogocho group, Kumbatia, with her children  

Colleen 01 Tuungane Pamoja work-space and shop in Kibera slum

Colleen 02 Mwangazi artisan group workshop in Huruma slum

Colleen 05 Tuungane Pamoja artisan group at work in Kibera

Colleen 04 Kumbatia artisans at work in Korogocho

Colleen 03 Finished bags hanging in the Tuungane Pamoja workshop in Kibera

Colleen 06 Sanctuary of Hope (SoH) kids, rescued from Nairobi’s slums into a family through Hope’s Promise, making bracelets for Pamba Toto

Colleen 07 Bracelets made by the SoH kids, now available through Pamba Toto

Colleen 08 Kitenge patchwork apron made by Tuungane Pamoja, available through Pamba Toto

Colleen 09 Bag made by Tuungane Pamoja, available through Pamba Toto

Colleen 10 Kitenge patchwork bag made by Tuungane Pamoja, available through Pamba Toto

Our Mission

Transforming lives…

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