Personal and jewelry photos
Evolution...in preparation for entering the digital world, I have been learning Illustrator to design my current client pieces. I love the ease of resizing parts, designing it in actual size to be printed.
Enjoyed a lovely week with old friends. The last night it was so clear we saw the milky way. It reminded me of starry nights in Rainaskot.
Calling Kate and Megan…oh wait, my mistake, this ring is for a QUEEN! A Columbian emerald as rare as anything you will find in the royal vault, with a design to match. #talesfromthestudio
Which one is not like the other? Four women, four distinct styles. Pink and yellow gold curlicues abound, while the ring in platinum and diamonds is a rare turn towards minimalism. #talesfromthestudio
Hey! I made myself a new site. It has some fun stories of various custom pieces I have made. Head over to the link in my profile for more:) . . . “She’s not a diamond girl, and that is why she is perfect for me”, he had told me. We put the colored gems casually on the counter, but our host Peter was so darn awkward about the whole thing, that she figured out our scheme in a second. Thankfully, she said yes…and then picked out this Tsavorite garnet. #talesfromthestudio
Found a silver hammered piece that has been unfinished for many years, so I decided to do work on it a bit today. I used to sit and hammer for hours and hours when I was young, using a millenia old technique for transforming a single sheet of metal into a vessel. Pictured is the process of annealing, heating to a red glow, which softens in between each round of hammering.
Bigger, bolder wing ring in process. Top left, silver original wing. Top right, block of wax the prototype was carved from. Bottom right, clay rough draft prototype. Bottom left, carved wax master model...to be brought to the casting company tomorrow to be cast in silver
Dramatic dusk view after a spectacular sunset
Photos from Sangsangai, our non-profit in Nepal
The villagers of Rainaskot were in Kathmandu this week to accept an award for their guest program, also know as homestay. Bibek from Sangsangai was also able to join them. We are so proud of them for this honor and also want to share this award with all the donors.
The Mohan Narayan Shrestha memorial community center nears completion in Barbandi, Kavre. Next will be programs to promote employment training, agricultural and health in Barbandi and the entire region.
Yesterday Sangsangai Nepal team members Bibek and Kiran, US Director Natasha joined the owner of Everest Fashions Maheshwor Shrestha and photographer @jcarterrinaldi in Ramechhap. We discussed employment opportunities to gauge the interest of the villagers. They come from the Mahji group, who relied on fishing for a livlihood in the past.
In the village of Barbandi, one resident is 100 years old. He can recall the time before foreigners were allowed in Nepal as well as the last big earthquake in 1934. Every day he goes up to this temple to act as the priest.
New York photographer @jcarterrinaldi is in Rainaskot to shoot photos for Sangsangai. The villagers love to see the beautiful portraits of them that he has captured.
Team Sangsangai travelled to the Western part of Nepal, to a district called Bardiya. We had purchased machines that villagers could use to make their own bricks for use in Rainaskot. The soil was not quite right so the team brought them to this region so the villagers could take the initiative to build their own community center. The bricks need no firing so they are eco-friendly and cost-effective.
Good evening from Rainaskot
Progress with the second floor of the community center construction. We planned to inaugurate but with some delays with the carpentry, we will let the workers take a but more time to finish. This is the reality of work in Nepal. Sometimes the materials aren't available, sometimes the workers.
One of our Aamas (or Moms) in Rainaskot dishes up a dinner of rice and dal, otherwise known as "dal bhat", the national dish of Nepal. Most Nepalis agree that they haven't eaten if they haven't had rice twice a day.
Every house in Rainaskot has chickens now. In Nepal, people notice the big difference in quality between "local chicken", which are totally free range, wandering around the village, and broiler chicken. The environment in Rainaskot is ideal for raising local chickens. The villagers can receive between $15-25 for each chicken, depending on size and age, making this a very good business as an addition to the homestay income.