‘Adorned by Buddha & the Baule’ is one of our stunning exclusive one-off necklaces.
This piece features:
Handcrafted clay Buddha amulet pendant from Thailand set in brass. Antique hand-cast trade beads from the Baule Tribe of the Ivory Coast, Africa (see history below). Cowry shell clusters from East Timor, with wooden and brass beading on knotted hemp with an adjustable brass chain.
The Baule Tribe:
The Baule also known as Baoule, are one of the largest ethnic groups of the Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) in Africa. They played a central role in twentieth-century history of their country having waged the longest war of resistance to French colonization of any West African people, whilst also managing to maintain their traditional beliefs and objects for longer than many other ethnic groups. Continue Reading →
With Valentines Day just a hop skip and a fluttering heartbeat away, this last week has had me thinking a lot about that loaded four letter word – love.
Being a single woman rapidly approaching 40, I felt a little uncomfortable with the idea of dishing out dating advice or sharing my somewhat limited ponderings on love, so instead I’ve decided to share with you what I have found to be one of the most fundamental lessons when it comes to love…
In the past when I found myself crying into a cup of organic cocoa over the guy I swore was going to be the one… I would scrutinize at which exact point I lost myself in the relationship. Generally, the answer would be “in the first 0.3256 seconds”… and in that moment I would remind myself the next relationship I was to embark on, would be one with self. Continue Reading →
Tomorrow, November 22nd will be the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. A moment in history which has stamped itself on the hearts and minds of millions around the world.
This rare photograph depicts the moment when Jackie was trying to recover pieces of skull and brain tissue that got splattered over the boot. It was an instant reaction and when she realised what she was doing she quickly backed off and sat back down.
One of the things I constantly work on in my life, is the level of acceptance I have of my own ever changing body. Nothing frustrates me more than listening to my girlfriends whinge and complain about their bodies. I suppose its because after years of knowing them, I don’t even notice the ever-so-slight drooping of the bottom, or the sagging of stomachs, or even those bits of skin we have aptly named the ‘ta-ta’s which they claim they can feel flapping in the breeze when they wave goodbye.
Sadly, I feel an unhealthy emphasis is placed on the shapes of our bodies, rather than a much more realistic focus which needs to shift from body beautiful to simply being happy, healthy and most importantly accepting of our shape at any given moment. Our bodies constantly change throughout our lives depending on our age, the time of month, if we have been lucky enough to be blessed with the gift of child bearing, or if we’ve just eaten a massive delicious and sustaining meal.
Possibly one of the most visually moving collaboration of videography combined with unpretentious poetic diaglogue I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. The Dark Side of the Lens by Mikey Smith is an intimate six minute portrayal of one mans undying passion for life, Mother Nature and his craft.Winner – Best Cinematography, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2011.
Actress and model Tippi Hedren, also the mother of actress Melanie Griffith was best known for her role in Hitchcock’s film The Birds.
In 1969, Tippi was filming a movie in Africa and visited an abandoned house in Mozambique occupied by 30 lions and their cubs. Her time spent there changed her life forever and prompted both her and her husband to make a movie about what they had seen.
Production of the 1981 epic film Roar which was considered to be one of the most dangerous films ever made. Little did Tippi and her husband know, but this film starring dozens of African lions would be an 11-year investment that would later cost them their marriage. For a project that cost over $17.5 million, the film only grossed just over $2million in the end.
Soon after production of the film wrapped in 1983, she founded the Shambala Preserve, a fully functioning animal sanctuary to protect exotic animals who suffered from gross mistreatment and neglect.
Hedren still looks back with nostalgia however to the days when she had wild animals in her home:
“I miss nursing the cubs very much,” she said. “I really treasure that experience. There’s nothing sweeter than a little baby lion or tiger cub. They’re magical.”
Key Notes & Essentials:
We like to think simplicity is one of the keys to sophistication, so we have designed this simple yet functional and uber stylish document wallet or computer sleeve to suit both men and women. Seamlessly handcrafted, with durable cowhide leather on both the inside and out, each wallet features a genuine vintage cloakroom tag from 1950s London, and an interior pocket lined with authentic antique sheet music (see history below).
I was inspired to create something beautiful using my late grandmother’s collection of antique sheet music. My grandmother’s passion was playing and teaching music… she played the piano and cello, and although I have no memory of her doing this, it was important for to me to create something which honoured one of her great loves in life. Continue Reading →
In 1911 at age 23, Violet Constance Jessop was working as a steward on the RMS Olympic. It collided with the HMS Hawke. She survived.
In 1912, Violet again worked as a stewardess, this time on the RMS Titanic. It infamously collided with an iceberg, the ship sank, and she survived.
In 1916, during the First World War Violet Jessop was working for the British Red Cross onboard the HMHS Britannic. There was an explosion. The ship sank. She survived. Continue Reading →
I was inspired to create something beautiful using my late grandmother’s collection of antique sheet music. My grandmother’s passion was playing and teaching music… she played the piano and cello, and although I have no memory of her doing this, it was important for to me to create something which honoured one of her great loves in life.
Not long after my mother was born, her marriage to my grandfather broke down. They decided to end their marriage, something which was quite rare in her day.
Such a decision meant she had no choice but to go back and live with her parents. In order to support her only child, my mother, she made the decision to give up her love for music and work as a secretary at the local school in Brisbane where she remained for the entirety of her working life.
So this simple little wallet has a story and a significance much greater than what meets the eye. The lining of each purse has come from my wonderful grandmother’s collection of her much loved sheet music.
With a population close to 40 million, the Yoruba People are one of the largest tribal ethnic groups of West Africa, found predominantly in Nigeria. One distinguishing feature of the Yoruba are their tribal markings, also known as tribal beautification or scarification marks. This practice is considered an ancient art and cultural activity for the Yoruba.
Due to the sheer number of individuals within the Yoruba, these tribal markings became a way and means of identifying the origin of an individual, their lineage, and which community or sub-tribe they belonged to within the Kingdom of the Yoruba.
Tribal marks were also originally made on young children in an attempt to protect them from slave trading. It was the absence of these markings, which made them vulnerable to being captured. For those tribe members who were sold into slavery, these markings allowed the Yoruba people to identify and recognize one another.
Sacred text describes the history of tribal marks. It is believed King Sango, who reigned during the Oyo Empire, sent two slaves to a distant country on an important mission. In due course they returned and the King found that one slave had successfully achieved what he had been sent to do, while the other had accomplished nothing. The king therefore rewarded the first with high honors and commanded the second to receive a hundred and twenty two cuts all over his body. This was considered a severe punishment, although when the scars healed they gave the slave a rather remarkable aesthetic appearance which took the fancy of the King’s wives.
Sango decided that in the future, cuts should not be given as punishment but rather as a sign of royalty, at once placing himself in the hands of the markers. However, the king could only stand the first two cuts, so from that day onwards two cuts on the arm have been the sign of royalty. Various other markings came to identify different tribes.
First All-Woman Jury, Los Angeles 1911
More than a century ago, these 12 ladies sat in a courtroom in Los Angeles and decided the fate of newspaper editor A.A. King. The charge was obscenity. In his paper, The Watts News, King had quoted an insult hurled at him by a city councilman.
At the time of the trial, American women were still eight years away from being able to vote in national elections. But the state of California granted suffrage in a special election on October 10, 1911, just 23 days before the trial began.
Fortunately for King, after 20 minutes of deliberation, these newly empowered women found him not guilty. the youngest juror, 22-year-old Nellie Moomau, told the Tacoma paper, “Our verdict did not mean we approved of such language, but it isn’t half so shocking to read it in the privacy of our homes as it is to hear it on the streets.”