Artists who work with beads would tell you that as soon as you start working with beads, new ideas keep coming up.
This is one of the reasons Kenny Mokhomo decided to start Iken Craft Homeware & Decor Crafts in June this year, after finishing training on bead wiring at Good Hope Community Centre NPO. He crafts vases, fruit bowls and more. The 34-year old from Mabopane, Tshwane tells Lunique that he was motivated to start his business by a trainer during his training. He says, “The appreciation for the craft pieces by people who get to see my work inspires me.”
“My customers are people who love crafts, and people who want unique elegant crafts for their home or office spaces – mostly women, professionals like doctors, people in corporate services. And those who do interior designs and events catering,” he adds.
Mokhomo plans to grow his business and employ over 50 crafters in the next five years. “It would be nice to supply retailers and vendors in the mall and crafting markets. I would also like to start a training programme for recreation and livelihood making for the community but jointly with other organisations,” he notes.
Ikencraft Homeware and Decor Crafts welcomes custom design orders.