José Hendo will show her prolific 'Resonance' Collection during the Ubuntu International Project; scheduled to showcase, at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout on Sunday 19 February at 11:30, 2012.
Her Resonance Collection is made of barkcloth, a UNESCO-recognised process dating back to the 15th century. Historically the fabric of ancient Ugandan kings, it remains a valued wedding gift to brides and in-laws.
'Resonance' collection explores a new way of dressing and thinking about clothes. Without metal snap, plastic fastener or buttons the garments are completely biodegradable. Sculpted with architectural precision Hendo's wearable art may be worn in many ways and change with each wearing - and with each wearer - by ingenious pulley system hidden or aesthetically incorporated into the designs.
She supports Bridging the Gap, a Ugandan charity supporting orphaned children and patronizes thrift shops similarly sustaining children's charities.
Hendo is the recipient of the Radical Designer Award 2011.
She was honoured to have presented her work to the Queen of Buganda Kingdom of Ugunda of her home country.
Following the success of last years debut showcase of three South African designers - this season Ubuntu International Project will be throwing a wider net by introducing modern heritage aesthetics from South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria.
The cornerstone of the 2nd Ubuntu showcase will be the 3 Rs so aptly embodied and coined by Jose Hendo: "Reduce Re-use Re-cycle. She will be showing alongside Slogan Tees, Clinton Lotter and Kevin Friedman from Frankli WildTM Jewelry.
"The reason we have chosen these designers is that they represent the new African signature that is coming through," says Errol Hendrickse of Ubuntu. "Within their work traditional influences are evident along with a specific heritage aesthetic that translates as a brilliant new fresh aesthetic".
"The vision at Ubuntu International Project is to establish a design led aesthetic that is not geographically confined but "an intelligent, creative design led bridge linking Africa and Europe." stipulates Theo Omambala.
"The world is desperate for a "new design aesthetic that has depth and meaning, that is relevant to today's conscious consumer" voices Omambala, "as everything is so diluted on the global creative stage" concludes Hendriske.
The show on the 19 February 2012 will be preceded by an intimate seminar at offices in Marble Arch. The seminar will look at the Creative African Fashion Industry at large - 17 September 2012 - 7:00pm.
The initiative is being funded from both the private and public sector. The long term aims and objectives are to engender sustainable employment structures in Africa.
The Ubuntu International Project opens Sundays schedule at Freemasons Hall in London at 11:30am.
Photo Credit: Nardip Singh