Upcoming Events

José Hendo takes part in a number of events. Here is the list of our upcoming events.


Wan Acel | Tuli Bamu | Turibamwe | We Are One

April 17th 2024 – 24th Nov 2024

Special article

Continuing the city tour for exhibitions that artistically represent the countries without a fixed space in the Giardini and the Arsenale, in Castello, the largest of the sestieri of Venice, you come across a building with a post-industrial flavour, today called La Fucina del Future.  This is where the Pavilion of the Republic of San Marino has taken up residence, which on the occasion of the Biennale hosts the solo show «Nomader» by Eddie Martinez.  The New York artist (1977) known above all for his large-scale paintings in bright shades, rich in graphic shapes and lines, presents 9 pictorial compositions that fully express his “combined” style, a happy mix between painting and drawing.

Looking at the large paintings set up between the two bright spaces is a pleasure for the eyes and for those who want to grasp, among the traces of color and the rich material layers, figurative elements borrowed from the artist’s personal experience.  His itinerant childhood marked his memory of images that cyclically return to appear in his works.  Martinez, in fact, moved with his family from one region of the States to another and collected, recorded, as if it were a sensitive film, landscapes, experiences, stories.
Drawing was for him a way to make notes and at the same time connect to a practice that gave him comfort.  As Alison M. Gingeras, curator of the exhibition, writes, «the artist has allowed his work to formally and conceptually migrate from the legacy of automatic drawing and abstraction practiced by the CoBrA group to his peculiar interpretation of post-Philip Guston comics figuration , as well as his unusual reinterpretation of various classic art genres such as still lifes and portraiture.”  A fluid and delicate line marks countless papers on display on a large work table in the first room, an effective staging designed to reproduce the artist’s studio.  Small plastic pieces also stand out on the large support surface, the result of a search for recycled materials to which Martinez has given a second life thanks to original combinations and rich coats of colour.
From Martinez’s nomadism we move on to the absolute sense of belonging and attachment to their country of the artists presented in the Uganda Pavilion.  The collective journey, «Wan Acel |  Tuli Bamu |  Turibamwe |  We Are One”, in the same district, Castello, at Bragora Gallery is an immersion in the best local craftsmanship.  Artisan Weavers’ Collective, Sana Gateja, Taga Nuwagaba, Xenson Ssenkaba and Jose Hendo, Odur Ronald are credited with bringing their creations made from tree bark, paper and natural colors to the attention of an international audience.
A tapestry made by Sanaa Gateja on display in the Uganda Pavilion
 The paper tapestries created by Sanaa Gateja challenge the works of the most renowned artists who today express themselves through this ancient form of textile art.  Each small shred of newspaper rolled between the fingers has acquired its own elementary identity and which becomes part of an intricate composition with visibly traditional iconography.  Intertwined with each other and then painted, the small paper tangles form large, full-bodied, material compositions with an unprecedented vitality.
The garments created by Jose Hendo are fascinating sculptures that nod to a certain avant-garde fashion.  The artist, challenging the obsolescence of fashion and the “disposable” culture, creates clothes, unique pieces, with ecological fabrics.  A strong sense of identity and awareness of one’s roots season a path that is a breath of fresh air, a sincere demonstration of “diversity” within an increasingly standardized and “globalized” artistic system.

Past events

fashion and heritage

Creative Hustle

Motiv, Kampala, Old Port Bell Road

15:00- 16:00 14th March 2024






fashion and heritage

Fashion and Heritage

British Council Uganda Foyer (Plot 4 Windsor Loop Off Kira Road, Kamwokya, Kampala, Uganda)

12:00- 16:00 12th March 2024







The EBIRUNGI Art Exhibition

The Latitude 0° Kampala

12 Oct – 24 Nov 2023


The EBIRUNGI Art Exhibition presented by Latitude 0°, Kampala, has become a hallmark of its dedication to fostering creativity and providing a platform for emerging talent in the Ugandan art scene. In its third edition, the theme is “Illuminating Women’s Creativity.

José Hendo who was invited as a guest artist and mentor to the young artists gave a speech at the opening event.

 As an advocate for sustainability and circularity I have chosen to use barkcloth because it is my heritage and the perfect ambassador for sustainability. There is a common theme that runs through all the artwork. All are made using Ugandan barkcloth and focus on helping save our planet. All chosen because of the theme ‘Radiant Resonance Illuminating Women’s Creativity’. 

By José Hendo



InterContinental London – The O2

Sat, 21 Oct 2023 14:00 – 19:00 BST

The Ball Dinner with the Nnaabagereka of Buganda: Book Tour and Fundraising for Her Projects.

More details and booking from here



Sustainable Fashion Week

Chapel Place London N17 8DR

25th Sep to 8th Oct 2023

As part of the Sustainable Fashion Week we are running an Upcycling R3 Campaign Workshop on the 29th of September from 2pm to 5pm
Sharing ways to help breath new life into used garments in order to keep rewearing them for years.

Welcome to Sustainable Fashion Week R3 Campaign Workshop at Chapel Place London N17 8DR on Friday, 29 September. This is a 3 hour workshop by José Hendo. (14:00 – 17:00)

R3 (Reduce Reuse Recycle) Campaign using workshops, talks, and exhibitions to encourage change; “lt is down to all of us, every man, woman and child to save our planet.”

You can book the ticket from eventbrite website.


About Sustainable fashion week 2023
Programme (PDF)

Fashion Revolution Week

Fashion Revolution Week

This is Fashion Revolution Week.
Today is the 10 year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, we remember the garment workers who lost their lives.
This week is an important reminder of the need for responsible fashion production and consumption.
Together we can create a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry!
R3 is the logo for our Eco-Sustainable Circular Campaign:
Impelled by the 2013 tragedy of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, Jose Hendo launched her R3 (Reduce Reuse Recycle) Campaign.
To encourage change, this campaign uses workshops, talks and exhibitions. It is important to know where our garments come from. “The history of a garment is just as important as its future”. Knowing what goes on in the making of our clothes helps us make informed decisions when we buy. The right choices we make have a far reaching effect.
“It is down to all of us, every man,
woman and child to save our planet.”
We use eco materials and upcycled garments alongside organic Ugandan barkcloth.
Through the R3 Campaign, came the Bark To The Roots NGO, which supports the barkcloth making community #BOTFA in Uganda to help preserve this World Heritage.
Fashion Revolution Week

the afri_ digital BARK CLOTH PATTERNS

KZNSA Gallery, Durban. Entry is free

Friday, 07 July 2023 from 6-9pm

Looking forward to being part of the afri_ digital BARK CLOTH PATTERNS: A panel discussion and walkabout on folds in fashion


Join us for a presentation by bark-cloth activist and fashion designer Jose Hendo, followed by a panel discussion with Ugandan artists Sheila Nakitende and Liz Kobusinge, and South African fashion practitioners Lesiba Mabitsela and Thabiso Ncanana. The evening concludes the African Fashion Research Institute’s first Pan-African Research Residency 2023 with an Open Lab walkabout. Meet the creative researchers and see the work from the 3-day New Patterns workshop presented in collaboration with the Durban University of Technology (DUT’s Department of Fashion & Textiles and Department of Fine Art & Jewellery Design.
BARK CLOTH PATTERNS is part of AFRI’s ongoing research project The Fold that follows a cross-cultural knowledge exchange at the intersection of indigenous knowledges and the production of barkcloth, barkcloth paper and local leather pleating practices. Through the lens of folding and pleating, and drawing on sustainable afro-avant garde praxis, the research explores ways of making as methods for decolonising design, and for creating new patterns of knowledge that acknowledge afrocentric fashion histories.
New Patterns forms part of our three-year artistic programme supported by the National Arts Council’s Arts Organisation funding (2023-26), working with The Fold as a research project supported by the British Council and in partnership with Creative Nestlings Foundation. The panel discussion, creative workshop and interdisciplinary research was made possible by the generous collaborations with Durbanites, the KZNSA Gallery, Durban University of Technology, Amanda Laird Cherry Studio, Contemporary Archive Project, eKwheni, Art Meets and Botanic Gardens.
When: Friday, 07 July 2023 from 6-9pm
Where: KZNSA Gallery, Durban. Entry is free
#PanAfricanResearch #Isidwaba
#Barkcloth #BritishCouncil #NewNarratives
#AfricanFashionResearchInstitute #CreativeNestlings #KwaZuluNatal
#UncoverTheHiddenStories #B2TR #R3campaign

at Cockpit Studios, Bloomsbury, London

14 Aug – 18 Aug 2023

This workshop will run for five days from Monday 14th August 2023 till Friday 18 August 2023 at Cockpit Studios, Bloomsbury, London

Deadline to apply: 12/08/2023

Jose Hendo as a tutor at The Creative Dimension Trust summer workshop. This is the R3 Campaign in action sharing skills, engaging young people in practical ways to learning new skills that will help reduce our impact on our planet.
Images from the previous event in 2022

22 April 2023 http://barktotheroots.org/vmt/

R3 is the logo for our Eco-Sustainable Campaign:  


Impelled by the 2013 tragedy of the Rana Plaza  building collapse in Bangladesh, Jose Hendo  launched her R3(Reduce Reuse Recycle) Campaign.  

To encourage change, this campaign uses workshops, talks and  exhibitions. We also use the R3 logo on garments and  accessories to promote the campaign. “It is down to all of us,  every man, woman and child to help save our planet.”

We use eco materials and upcycled garments alongside organic  Ugandan barkcloth. Purchasing our products made in the UK  contributes to helping the Planet, as a percentage of the  proceeds goes to support the community we work with in  Uganda, plant more mutuba trees from which the barkcloth is  made, and help save their cultural heritage.  

The theme for Earth Day 2023 is “Invest in Our Planet.” In  keeping with this we are asking people to share how they use R3 (Reduce Reuse  Recycle) principles to help our Planet.

R3 Earth day 2023

The Trampery, 639 High RoadEnglandN17 8AA

R 3 is the logo for our Eco-Sustainable Campaign: R 3 stands for REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE. In 2014, impelled by the tragedy of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, Jose Hendo launched her R 3 (Reduce Reuse Recycle) Campaign using workshops, talks, and exhibitions to encourage change; “It is down to all of us, every man, woman and child to save our planet.”

We use eco materials alongside organic barkcloth. The making of barkcloth in Uganda is a centuries-old technique. It is considered the oldest cloth made by man and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Material in 2005. “As the Mutuba tree regenerates another bark to be harvested every year for up to sixty years and more, this organic cloth that predates the weaving era is the best ambassador for sustainability.”
By purchasing one of our products you are helping the planet, as a percentage of the proceeds will go to support the community we work with in Uganda, plant more mutuba trees, and save an intangible heritage. All the products are made in the UK.



​Sat, 17 September 2022
17:00 – 23:30 BST

We are excited to be part of the Diana Dhaliapr ‘All Things Fashion’ Fashionista Event on the 17 th of September 2022 at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, London Kensington.

We shall be showcasing our Past Present Future (PPF) design series.

Inspired by the River Nile Past Present Future (PPF) seeks to highlight the management, use and disposal of fashion and technology in a way that minimises environmental damage and encourage sustainable environmental practices by responsible production.
PPF is a transeasonal design series, addressing sustainability and circularity as way to address our impact on the environment. This series demonstrates how we can extend the life of garments by upcycling traditional menswear jackets, coats, shirts, trousers, wedding gowns (and more); combining this with Ugandan Barkcloth.
As part of our R3 Sustainable by design ethos, upcycling is one way of prolonging the life of a garment and reducing waste thereby connecting the Past and Present to the Future.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite:
PPF Design
PPF Design
PPF Design
Bias in African Fashion

Save the date

Bias in African Fashion
/per・mute /

BAF Permute with Jose Hendo with host Jennifer Roenne

Thu Mar 10, 2022 1:30pm – 2:30pm Eastern Time – New York, 18:30-19:30 UK time

José is going to talk about her bark cloth projects and efforts in sustainability.

Join our Instagram Live

Barkcloth to the Roots

African Textile Museum presents “Barkcloth to the Roots”

26 February 2022 in the African Textile Museum at the New Black WallStreet Market in Stonecrest, GA

Barkcloth to the Roots  Exhibition is launched at the African Textile Museum in Stonecrest, Georgia.

Two Barkcloth installations created by Jose Hendo, to the Museum, in honour of Black History Month are donated by the The Uganda Embassy in Washington.

Hop over to the New Black Wallstreet Market and visit this beautiful dedication to Africa’s heritage and excellence in textile creation. 


Sustainable Fashion Week UK + The Material Revolution

Material Revolutionaries – Creative Reuse + Tools of Transformation

In celebration of Sustainable Fashion Week UK, The Material Revolution is hosting a special event on September 17th, 2021 from 15:00 – 17:00 (GMT – London, UK)

Please join us for an online panel discussion on creative reuse with designers Jose Hendo (UK), Melissa Ferreira Schwager (Germany/Canada), Sylvia Calvo (Spain) and Jane Ziemons (Australia).

This conversation brings together the voices and practices of designers who specialise in creative reuse. It is a unique opportunity to bring each of these women together to the table to share their inspiring stories, how they are inspiring community and what their tools of transformation are.

This is a free online event for you to attend and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

R3 Repurpose Workshop for Sustainable Fashion Week

14 September 2021 17:00 – 19:00 BST

An R3 Campaign workshop as part of Sustainable Fashion Week 2021, sharing creative and practical advice on how to best repair and upcycle.

Design Labhashtag8

10 June 2021 5pm (German time)

José Hendo is giving an opening speech for Design Lab #8 Material Loops – Paths to a Circular Future in Berlin.


Conference on Sustainability in Design and Fashion

18 May 2021

– During French German Cultural Week about Sustainability 18th to 21st May

Save the date 18th May 5-7pm UGT 3-5pm GMT
I will be part of a panel talking about Sustainability organised by Alliance Francaise and Goethe-Zentrum Kampala
AFK/GZK joint premises Bukoto St. Plot 52

“Feel the Fabric…Embrace the Culture”

1st and 2nd of May 2021

José Hendo on Panel discussion about: The Future of Indigenous Techniques.

AFRICA FASHION GUIDE Youtube interview

April 2021


22 April 2021

Thanks to all who have continously supported our Mutuba Tree Planting efforts. On this Earth Day 22 April 2021, Bark To The Roots(B2TR) is inviting you to reconnect with mother nature by giving a gift to the planet through the VIRTUAL MUTUBA TREE. Your donation of £20 goes towards a mutuba tree seedling and training young men in learning how to nurture and harvest the trees, and to make barkcloth. In return not only are you giving back to the planet but we will adorn a piece of barkcloth with your initials, we then upload this image as a leaf onto the Virtual Mutuba Tree that will be on http://www.barktotheroots.org and http://www.josehendo.com . Then we shall send it to you by post.

Inside Fashion (R)Evolution – Between Circular Economy and alternative Materials. Barkcloth – Alternative Materials for Sustainability in Fashion by Jose’ Hendo

20 April 2021

A civil society organisation in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, campaigning for sustainability in various aspects of the daily life. On the occasion of the Fashion Revolution Week (commemorating the Rana-Plaza disaster in Bangladesh), we plan an online-seminar on alternative materials in fashion. Sustainability in Fashion by Jose’ Hendo

On 24th April is the anniversary of the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in 2013 in Bangladesh. Commemorating this disaster, the “Fashion Revolution Week” was established, to shed light on the continuing exploitation in the garment industry.

In this context, we would like to invite you to our online-discussion “Inside Fashion (R)Evolution” on Tuesday, 20th April from 07:00 to 09:00 PM (CEST).

While we are calling for a revolution in garment manufacturing, the evolution is already on the way. Get to know with us two innovative representatives of these developments.

After short presentations of our speakers, there will be plenty of room for direct talks and questions about the materials and procedures presented. Look forward to an informative evening, focussing on solutions rather than problems.


José Hendohttps://josehendo.com/, fashion designer from London, using Barkcloth for the production of her clothes

Bernhard Schipperhttp://www.scobytec.com/, research team from Leipzig, using bacterial nano cellulosis to produce artificial leather.

We offer a German/English and English/German translation for this event.

It will take place online, via the video-conference tool Zoom. To participate click on the following link: Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting


Join us

Care-Rewear-Repair-Recycle-Upcycle being the new normal

R3 Campaign Panel Conversation

16th April 2021

After the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April 2013, José Hendo decided to start my R3 Campaign to encourage people to prolong the life of their garments by mending, altering or upcycling. She wanted to be visual and vocal about the dark side of fast fashion and throw away culture while striving for sustainability. During the last year of the pandemic hopefully we have had time to rethink our impact on the environment. This spurred her to host a panel discussion about Care-Rewear-Repair-Upcycle being the new normal. A recording of this event will be available on José Hendo’s YouTube channel in due course.



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