EYE OF JAH JEWELRY for RiseJamaica

On my last trip to Jamaica at the beginning of this year, I participated in one of Nicky and Caroline DeLisser’s life-changing Goddess Retreats where I asked within for guidance with my career, to move it direction-wise in ways it where it could give back, where its success could be shared. (They have no website […]

BACK TO THREADS OF CONNECTION

I wrapped up the NYNOW Summer Show last night where I exhibited my own collection of jewelry to the trade (ie. to retail stores, not individual customers) while Aayenda, the new jewelry brand of the Afghan collective launched the lapis/turquoise collection I designed for them. Here are some photos of the work. And here is […]

THE GETAWAY WORKS WONDERS

I return to Jaipur in the late evening, the trip having taken longer than expected. But then again, everything in India takes longer than planned. Everything. In this case, the roads are a little bumpier and a little more crowded today, and if we didn’t stop for tea says Mr. Bhati, we would not have […]

BRILLIANT FUTURES – THE TALENTED AFGHANS

The morning in Jaipur is filled with the wail of peacocks. As if sensing my yearning to see a wild peacock (they are actually all wild in Jaipur), a big blue bird flies to the roof of Jaipur Heritage Home, our B & B, to my absolute delight. How could anything be so spectacularly beautiful, […]

FROM TUKTUKS TO AMRAPALI

Our evening ends in Jaipur with a ride home in a tuktuk (see photo) whose driver informs us with great delight that his is a disco tuktuk. Have we misunderstood him? He sees the confusion on our faces, and with a big smile, hits a switch. Lights flash inside the roof and music blares forth […]

GOODBYE INDIA

Its our last dinner before our early morning departure, Annie’s and mine, that is. Narain Niwas Hotel’s dining room hosts us yet again. We are the temporary, non-Afghan team of Sophia Swire, Ben Phelan, Sam Le Prevost, Paul Spurgeon, Annie Fensterstock and Anna Ruth Henriques. I’m naming us for posterity because this might just be […]

ASTROLOGY AND AFGHANS

(Inspiration – the inset at the foot of my bed) I’ve been dying to get to Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, an 18th century collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II. Its main purpose I gather was astrological. Astronomy was simply the necessary science behind it. Jantar Mantar is important to […]

IRONING OUT A START-UP JEWELRY NGO

We are down to business. After an enormous India breakfast of papaya, pineapple, yoghurt, roasted halved tomatoes sprinkled with herbs, South Indian rice pancakes with chickpea curry and soup (the names elude me), steamed vegetables, French toast, cappuccino, tea, toast, and more. We begin our meeting over breakfast but are quickly chased out of the […]

END OF THE JAIPUR JEWELRY SCHOOL DAY

A bus picks the Afghan students up at the end of the day. By then, they are like any other students, a bit burnt out. Given that its India, there’s a lot of waiting around – like for packing into the bus and leaving to go back to their apartments and their children. A nanny […]

THE AFGHAN JEWELRY SCHOOL

On Monday morning, we hit the ground running. The accountant, Chris, from London arrives on the first flight via Delhi so over breakfast and coffee we discuss the short-term and long-term budget of the project with regard to trade shows and trunk shows for Annie’s and my collections. We also shared which shows we thought […]