Meet The Team

UK Office, West Berks

The UK office is run by Heather Miller who has fifteen years of logistics experience  in Eastern & Southern Africa. Heather is backed up by Fiona Mayo (marketing) and Bee Bowman (photography). For any product enquiries, help with dog sizing or if you'd like to work with us please contact Heather as follows:

heather@theartisantree.co.uk  / Tel: 07980 018 302. 

 

Whilst our head office is based in the UK our company is a true collaboration with our partners in Africa. We have three teams in Africa, two in Kenya and one in Zambia.

BeadWORKS, Kenya

Based near Isiolo in Northern Kenya, BeadWORKS produce all our beautiful dog collars and leads. They have a sizeable office team and over 100 artisans working on our products in their enterprise scheme. 

Two vital cogs in this well-oiled machine are Beatrice & Karin -  women 'who can and who do'. Between them they co-ordinate the women’s groups, spending considerable time in the villages talking to the artisans about patterns, designs and any challenges they are facing. Alongside Beatrice & Karin are an excellent team of administrators, leatherworkers, finishers, experts in exports and more!

  

Shuka Duka, Kenya

Shuka Duka hand-make all the blankets & rugs for us. They have a small workshop in a quiet suburb of Nairobi which supports the local community. The business has been particularly crucial in the pandemic, providing a vital income stream for a number of the community.

The team is lead by their founder Emma, a trained Art teacher. She started the workshop after having children and wanting a more flexible work pattern. In her rare free time Emma likes to work in her kitchen garden, makes sausages and pies for the weekly farmers markets and drink wine. She says, ‘sometimes, I like to multitask and drink wine whilst doing everything else!’

 

The Zambezi Joy Society, Zambia

Our latest addition to our growing family is the Zambezi Joy Society. This fantastic co-operative is based on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia. Headed up by Tina, Mrs Kalota & Mrs Njapao a group of local women have empowered themselves by designing and printing new Chitenge fabrics before sewing them into innovative products. For us this means dog bow ties, bandanas and doormats but trust me, there is a lot more up their sleeves!