Bike Art Batiks

Recently, my Mom, who works wonders with a sewing machine, sent us a beautiful quilt that featured a woman riding a bike with 3 kids, including 2 twins! The center of the quilt is a batik done by an artist in Uganda, where my Mom’s friend regularly visits on a health care humanitarian mission. We hung the batik up in the shop, where some of you may have seen it.

Now, we’ve been able to obtain a few more of these unique batiks for sale. Each one features a bicycle carrying kids or loads. Each is individual and hand made. And each purchase helps support the artists who make these. We’ve got only a few right now (and hope to be getting another batch later in the fall) so don’t miss this opportunity to get a unique item for that bicycle lover in your family. You can check them out at our online store, and we’ll be displaying them in the shop soon.

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  1. Batik artist Richard Mubiru lives in Kampala Uganda. He tells his story in his own words: “I was born in 1968 at amengo hospital to lovely mother Alice, father called Tom. I started school as early as 4 yrs at Clairs Kindergarten one of known Nursery school. I was keen when came for shading, painting and drawning, after 2 years I joined primary studying in Kings palace (Nabagereka) named before Queen of Buganda by then. Until completing my primanry level, I went to Secondary called Mengo SS. After my 0’Level vacation my father died, being the first I couldn’t go for my A’Level though I had passed. There was no enough money to pay school fees for all of us, so what I had to do was to start looking for income with my mother. Eventually I had to rent 1 room to stay with my family, pay school fees for them and search for food. Then later came a young man who was a painter by the names of Mugambe Michael. He saw that I showed a lot of interest in his work. I started helping him and he showed me some of his techniques, then he realized that I had the talent. He was so impressed he used to sell his art pieces in Nairobi (Kenya) because that country had a lot of Tourist. He sold in numbers so he increased my salary. Later in 3 years that man died but I had got some techniques in colour shading. So that’s where I started making a few pieces selling to craft shop and by then Nommo Gallery had organized some exhibition for local artists. You had to first pay a membership fee. Through that organization, Uganda Artist Association, we used to go to exhibition at Nommo Gallery and French Embassy, then came Americans who were the best sponsors of those exhibitions. Thanks to them for that big support. Slowly I have been able to move to guest houses like Mulago, Mukono where I could try to get more customers. I have managed to pay school fees for 2 brothers. I sent my daughter to higher institutions. Then now I am married to lovely Grace with 4 children; Patricia age 16, Noreen age 14, Joyce age 12 and Stewart age 10. I am really so grateful for those who buy and market my art works and not forgetting me.”

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