What do you do when nature inspires you?

Inzimoto has an answer that will please both children and their parents.

Fascinated by the chief's rose garden and in love with the luminous glow of fireflies, Inzimoto enters the village costume contest wearing a dress only she could have imagined. A delightful story by Robert Malii and mixed-media textile art by Jamilla Okubo come together to bring you a celebration of "creativity and the gift of nature."

Robert Malii was born in Kenya, where he worked in nursery schools for many years. After moving to New York City, Robert graduated with multiple degrees in early childhood education, became trained in the Montessori method, and has had a career teaching preschool in lower Manhattan for over 30 years. In his spare time, Robert can often be found telling stories of life in Kenyan villages, where wild animals walk around like pets.

Jamilla Okubo (b. 1993, North Carolina, USA) is a mixed-media artist. Washington, D.C. raised, Okubo earned her BFA in Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design. Her work has a consistent theme of exploring the intricacy of belonging to an American, Kenyan, and Trinidadian identity and aims to use her interdisciplinary concentration as a medium to address topics within her culture. Rotating between collage, painting, fashion design, and printmaking her work is heavily inspired by the art of storytelling through textiles and fashion.

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