Mbadugha African Arts Gallery
Hello everyone, my name is Esther and I work with my husband Fatai. We are both artists who come from Nigeria. I grew up in Oyo State western Nigeria, in the community were traditional way of life is all we knew. I developed interest in clothes making after finishing my study at Grundtivg Instituted in Anambra State and doing my industrial attachment at Sunday Batik Art Studio in Osogbo Osun state. I was inspired by their imaginative drawing with storytelling design, finally I went back to Osogbo to learn more about African Arts in a traditional way and establish myself as an Artist.
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I and Fatai travel to United States as an Artist in 1997 invited by Abudi Cultural Assemble in California and Rail-yard Performing Studio in Santa Fe New Mexico. In United States do to love of arts and cultural demand, all the community we’ve been too, so love and admire our traditional way of life, we are so happy to give back to the community for the past 16 years.
We teach African arts and culture trough workshops, classes, stage performances in Santa Fe New Mexico, Amarillo, Dallas, Houston Texas, flagstaff Arizona, San Francisco bay area, now in Sacramento California.
We want to push African arts and culture forward and with our own products and designing programs that is high demands in the community, due to the good response and demand we are getting from our customers. I would like to step up on the quality of my product which I believe in the power of people everything is possible.
What is the purpose of this loan?
Traveling, Materials needed, and Equipment.
As an artist some of my product materials will be but from Nigeria, do to the quantity of all material; Cost $2,500.00.
Finish product Both batik textile, Aso-ofi (traditional weaving clothe) traditional Beads complete set, sculpture, metalwork, leather work (shoe, bags, etc) Costs at the range of $4,000.00
Painting materials, screen printing equipment (buying in United States) $1,500.00
Travelling expenses and costume duty, mini more Cost $2,000.00
Years in operation: More than 5 years