Archive for July, 2012
I know it has been some time since I have posted anything significant. This year is certainly zooming by at a rapid rate and for the past two months I have been trying to keep on top of everything. Between starting a new position at the Queensland Museum Cobb&Co teaching jewellery workshops, the BIA – teaching and heading up an art prize, flying around the state with Flying Arts and playing around in my own practice, things have been a little hectic.
To add to this, Alex & I have also taken a group of students on an excursion of sorts to Bali to introduce them to the makers of Bali and the suppliers I have made contact with.
So let’s have a look back over the past couple of months and let me share with you what has been happening!
Let’s start from the most recent of events…that way I will not have to remind myself!!!
So on the 20th of June, 8 of my students, previous and current, Alex and myself, set flight to Bali Via Singapore Airlines. We arranged our group booking through German Australian Travel – in my opinion, the best travel agent I have come across.
Our purpose of the trip was to visit some jewellery workshops and meet with suppliers of stones and gems. We were also looking at the architectural design of certain buildings and resorts.
UC Silver was our choice of workshop. One of the most beautiful creations they make is a cuff with or without Dragonflies on it (I prefer without). Everyone was very amazed by the processes and the amount of stock that was being created. We spent a long time just watching these people create masterpieces. This is what you get when you work 6 days a week for 8 hours a day! You get to hone your skills and be the best silversmith you can be!
When we stopped off at the gem suppliers of course it took a while for people to warm up to purchasing, but once they saw what was on offer it was then difficult to get people out of the store and wrap things up. It ended up being a longer day than usual, but everyone was very happy with the results of their shopping and more than happy to show off their loot to everyone. Kids in a candy store!
Bali offered everyone the chance to relax and enjoy their experience. Great food, good company and of course, excellent beer! It was not too hot but it was hot enough for some, and you are on holidays! I say there are no reasons why you should not be able to have a beer at 9am – or a G&T for that matter!!
It is easy to over indulge when everything is so cheap!
And of course if you are ever in Ubud, you must go to Mumbul and have Ceme Brule.
Along the way we stopped off at certain temples and significant sites. The lovely architecture was spoken about by Alex and on the free days students were able to book in their own tours that they wanted to do. I recommended that if they were feeling physically able to that they should have done the bicycle tour. Some of the students took this on board and they had an awesome time! It is one of the only ways that you get to see so much of the country side and experience the culture first hand by stopping off at traditional houses, farming plots and rice fields. This was really well received and those who went on the tour loved it!
Overall, I think everyone had a fantastic holiday and for a large group, they all got on very well with each other. There was enough time for everyone to have their own time and if someone did not want to do anything in particular then that was fine, there was no pressure.
One of my favourite moments was when I found out about a salsa night that was happening in Ubud. Tash plays percussion in a salsa band at home and they got her up to play a song with them. She can now call herself an international artist!