I’ve been working with Fred since 2012 after initially meeting him in a market in Kenya. Based in Nairobi, Fred learnt brass-smithing from his father; it’s a skill that has been past down a few generations in his family and he now runs a successful business employing 8 people, including 2 of his brothers. I’ve always leaned to working and designing with artisans with skills that are rooted in African culture, where we create a relationship between modern designs with authentic craft.
Fred and his team create all of our unique SOUL Design pieces by hand, often using traditional techniques of wax casting by making moulds from molasses, then heating brass in a simple clay furnace in the ground and pouring molten brass into the moulds. Fred is also incredibly talented at intricately cutting brass designs by hand - our favourite example of this skill is in our Acacia Earrings design.
"Working with SOUL Design has really helped so many families put food on the table. I hope SOUL will continue to grow and leave a long-lasting kudos."