I have been enjoying doing very little to be honest – so much for designing the whole of my new collection – this is never going to happen!
Been swimming in the sea, sunbathing and having massages everyday. Still cant sleep at night though, I think it’s because my brain is buzzing with ideas and things I want and need to do when I get back, inside of work and outside- I just cant switch off!!
I have also been enjoying hanging out with my crazy Balinese friend, Kurnia (well hes actually Javanese but has lived here for years) One thing I must tell you about Kurnia is he loves to swear. He also has a pretty dirty and slightly warped sense of humour so us hanging out goes pretty well! His favourite word of late is wanker. We have been cruising round in a soft-top jeep and came across an internet cafe the other day called “Wank Internet”. Well, as you can imagine Kurnia was in his element! When I quizzed him about why they would call their cafe that, he answered, pretty matter of factly, that its because there are a lot of wankers around there….pretty obvious really?!
Anyhow, one of my other favourite moments of hanging out with the locals was the other night. I sat and made offerings for the temple, from coconut leaves, with Wayan the lady who owns the little hut where I am staying on the beach… She’s so lovely and it was amazing to learn from such a happy patient person, someone who was so happy to share and teach his skill. I had a big smile on my face after this little experience. Well, if all fails with the jewellery, at least I know I can make offerings for temples in Bali!
Yesterday I did a bit of a shifty round the gold market in Denpasar, the main city and capital. There is one long stretch, full of the most beautiful traditional Balinese jewellery. Much is 20 or 22ct yellow gold and they don’t really ever use white gold. It’s all pretty much sold for ceremonial use but also everyday wear and is a little like Indian traditional jewellery.
It is the most amazing cultural traditional jewellery I have ever seen! I have always been in love with the Balinese jewellery as it is so intricate and detailed, using mainly raising techniques to raise the metal forms and then an intense mix of granulation and linear wire work….. It was so inspiring and weirdly enough I was able to take loads of close-up shots….little did they know that I am a jeweller!! They didn’t seem to care much though, and it was quite funny as they were telling me all about what each gemstone was and how to make jewellery…. I had to try my hardest to act surprised and slightly confused, like I didn’t know what they were talking about! Although for me, this is nothing unusual really, I seem to spend a great portion of my time surprised and slightly confused!