It Was Fascination, I Know!

amaliearrings 14 amaliearrings 5 amaliearrings11 amaliearrings10As I pondered on a word to describe the subject of what I wanted to write about, I re- discovered a  word hardly used in today’s english – Fascination! When was the last time you used this word in a conversation or heard it being spoken? I have not heard it for a long time now.

And its the exact word I was looking for to describe my feelings for a particular article of jewelry that l liked designing. Earrings!

If I remembered from my childhood days , I used to be fascinated with the earrings my mother used to wear. My mother had a penchant for all earrings but is limited only to her courage to don them. She adored the dangly chandelier types and her eyes would light up whenever she chanced upon them but never did she venture beyond wearing her repertoire of small earrings.What further piqued my interest was that she had a set of perfect ears and a swan neck, and I wished she would have been more adventurous in her choices. Thus my love affair with the earrings began…

Earrings to me frames the face and adds to the allure of the woman. Like a full stop to a sentence, it is that one piece of jewelry that a women must have if she had to choose. A ring she could do without, a necklace perhaps but a pair of earrings  she cannot do without, it completes her look like no other piece of jewelry!

In the 80′s there was the shoulder dusters that was all the rage then and I used to be transfixed by the women who would wear them.  The bigger the badder, the fashion industry screamed!

Probably as an allergic reaction to the pendulum sized earrings that were the norm down the runway, the tides turned and the 90′s was a sad decade where the fashion moguls decided to do away with the earrings. Suddenly everyone stopped wearing earrings.

It was a few long years before earrings made it grand entrance again in 21st century. Happily the love affair continues….

Incidentally I was reminded of this old classic, Fascination by Nat King Cole - Enjoy!

Eat,pray and love in Ubud

I decided to take some time to be quiet and spend a few days in Ubud, Bali. I found a little homestay amidst the rice fields away from all human madness.

As an artist, sometimes life’s challenges can pile up and the stress that builds up as a result can be toxic and that ultimately will affect my work. A week before departure, I had a very bad bout of food poisoning so even  my body is screaming to be rid of all the accumulating poison!

I ate lots of vegetable. I am not a vegetarian and I love my meat but somehow for this trip I just instinctively like a cat seek out to ingest greens instead of my usual diet.I ate lots of Gado-Gado an indonesian salad with peanut-y spicy sauce. I tried different restaurants and stalls that sell this dish and made a conclusion that the pricier the restaurant is no indication that the dish will get tastier!

I got up early to pray and talk to God. Its nice not to have meetings , no shop, no staffs and clients to attend to and just an open time with God. I would take long long walks through the countrysides as well as the town. Walking calms me down and many times find myself meditating as I walk. In one of my long walks, I discovered a place where they practise an ancient herbal treatment called Boreh, that is made up of 20 over different ingredients ground to a paste and apply over the body like a scrub.

One of the objective of the trip was to rediscover what I love about my work. I visited lots of art galleries and was so inspired that I decided to spend sometime learning another ancient form of art – wood sculpturing that had been passed on from generations to generations.Though I am already familiar with wax sculpturing and the fundamentals of sculpturing, I was intrigued to know the technique in wood carving. Below are pictures of my progress:

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It seems like such a passive form of work but its actually quite strenuous on the back. I don’t think I will be able to master it completely but it did ignite my passion again!

In the end , the trip was detoxifying and invigorating at the same time!