Naomi Namayi, the Investigator who embraced resin art

Naomi Namayi

Ms Naomi Namayi with one of her resin art pieces. 

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What you need to know:

  • She later joined a private firm in Nairobi but still never felt fulfilled in her career.

Naomi Namayi’s dream career was to become a forensic investigator. So she went ahead and acquired a university degree in criminology and security studies.

After her studies, she worked at the Nakuru law courts for a while but was frustrated with how the system worked.

She later joined a private firm in Nairobi but still never felt fulfilled in her career.

“It turns out that in real life, things are very different from what we see in movies,” says Namayi.

She was born and raised in Nakuru by humble parents but was fortunate enough to travel around and outside Kenya, which opened up her mind to many things and eventually led her to falling in love with a new form of art.

“I discovered resin art in 2019 while looking for ideas for decorating my house. I stumbled upon the idea of refinishing old countertops with epoxy resin,” she said.

She had never studied art, but she always had an eye for fine artistic work.

Love art

“My brother made me love art since he used to draw a lot. I remember when we saw a new cartoon on TV or something interesting in town, we would get home and each of us had a book where we drew the cartoon and my dad would be the judge on whose drawing was the best,” said Namayi.

“In school, he was that student who drew biology or geography diagrams perfectly,” she added.

Namayi’s inspiration is nature and visual surroundings.

“Nature is so beautiful and if you look intricately enough, you will notice shapes and patterns that will surprise you,” she said.

As a self-taught resin artist, Namayi says she views each piece of work as a chapter in her journey of self-discovery.

“My original process in resin art combines various pigments, additives, modifiers and heat. I have recently expanded my work to include 3D wall art, functional houseware and handmade furniture incorporating wood, acrylic crystals and pebbles,” she says.

Her clients are art lovers, and people who appreciate abstract art and unique decor.

The products pricing ranges from Sh750 for smaller pieces up to Sh20,000 for bigger pieces.

“I love all my pieces. As much as I have researched and read about resin art, with each piece I learn something new,” she said.

Resin art is a fairly new form of art but it is steadily gaining popularity.

She markets her work on Facebook and Intagram under adroitcrafts_ke.

“My dream is to have an art studio in future where I'll showcase my work,” she says.

Namayi says unlike drawing or painting with a brush and pen on canvas, resin moves so you have to use timing

“The most interesting and challenging part in resin art is the potential to control it. It's not easy controlling liquids, and resin comes in liquid form."

“Resin takes a minimum of 24 hours to fully cure and sometimes I come back the following day and find that my work wasn't levelled and the resin has shifted to one side of the painting or sometimes just dripped off to the floor,” she adds.

The epoxy and pigments she uses are all imported some from China and the US.

“There are shops that sell epoxy resin here in Kenya. However, the kind they sell is not really what is required for art purposes,” she said.

Her other challenge is that the materials are expensive.

"To reduce my costs, I've begun use other colouring pigments that are readily available locally,” she added.

She is currently working on the second of a 12-piece series of epoxy resin wall art.

“My goal is to establish myself as a resin artist and make resin art my main work,” said Namayi.

magdalenewanja18@gmail.com

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