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

Photoshoots: behind-the-scenes

We have stories to tell, and photos powerfully weave layers of color and texture into a single view. My long-time friend and Pamba Toto business partner, Debbie, and I are newly impassioned to impart insight into our products and the artisans who make them. After visiting Kenya together last June, we are fully cognizant that there is…Read more Photoshoots: behind-the-scenes

New Pamba Toto blog! (2)

Please forgive me if you are seeing this post for a second time - there was a technical glitch with email delivery on my first attempt, so I am re-posting.  I am very excited to announce a new blog I am writing and to invite you to join me there as well: Welcome to the new Pamba…Read more New Pamba Toto blog! (2)