The use of original arty items made from recycled material is what comes to Silvanus Mushimba’s mind at the thought of unique and innovative home decorations.
Mushimba (23), owner of Naqushe Home Deco, decided to go for a totally original idea when he started his business. He realised that there were ways to use items that not most people think of when designing home decoration items.
Mushimba’s business deals with decorating the interior and the exterior of homes and offices. He also decorates buildings under maintenance and repair.
In addition, he creates art from recycled material as well as unique design outdoor furniture such as outdoor benches mostly made of wood, with a mixture of a surprise element such as a cask or drums, amongst others.
He grew up with an artistic inclination, he believes, as he started making wired cars to play with when he was still very young. While attending Okule Secondary School, he even won an award for the best painting in a school competition.
“In my Grade 12, we were asked to paint images that related to HIV/Aids, especially those that would teach people how to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. My painting was chosen as the best and it is still hanged in our school,” Mushimba beams.
An invite to all local artistic people, be they in fashion, art product designing or in any other creative art, to exhibit at FNCC was his gateway to moving from doing art as a hobby to being professional. Since then, Mushimba has even got a grant from the National Youth Council to sharpen his artistic skills.
He does most of his sales through exhibitions and was recently spotted at the Namibian SME 2012 Expo held at the NamPower Convention Centre where he made a good sale.
He also exhibited at the National Youth Exhibition in 2011, and at other times before then.
“My products are not only sold through exhibitions. Nowadays, I have customers who like my products and recommend me to their families and friends. My business has become popular through word of mouth. People who like an original artistic side to items appreciate my products,” he points out.
Although still trying to establish his business, he is also an electricity student at the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre.
Not only is he a student but he is also a trained soldier, having enrolled at the Okahandja Military School a couple of years ago. However, his passion lies with arty decorations that he would like to do on a full-time basis.
“My business is still in its infancy but my plan is to take it to the next level. Currently, I face financial constraints but there is always a solution to every issue, so it will work out, sooner or later, I believe. I plan on quitting my soldiering career to dedicate my time and resources to own a craft shop, in which I would incorporate an exhibition room for other artists on a very reasonable price. I have realised that most exhibition rooms within the capital are very expensive. So I would like to change that,” he concludes.