By choosing organic jewelry as opposed to stone or metal, you are making a consumer choice to combat the environmental hazards and degradation of natural lands created in the processes of mining stone or metal and refining metals. No materials are wasted in our production process. All are biodegradable. Any extra wood from production of jewelry is used as fuel for cooking or composted into the garden, and bone or horn scraps are composted in the garden.
All materials we use for carving our organic jewelry are native to the region in which we create our goods and are sourced from only licensed, regulated wood sellers or as a result of obtaining food (coconut shell, bone & horn). In addition to the importance of using sustainable resources, the materials are chosen also for their natural beauty. We do not use any varnishes or other surface treatments, but rather utilize the natural colors of the raw materials. These native woods do not require pesticides or fertilizer to grow. Any exotic or rare species we use is plantation grown not wild harvested. We do not buy materials from the black market or use any old growth wood. We pride ourselves in the careful hand selection of our materials.
All of the water buffalo and cow bone we use is sourced from local, small farms where the animals are raised by hand for meat production or plowing fields, and is a main food source of Indonesian peoples. The water buffalo bone is a remnant of meat production and farming on the neighboring islands of Lombok and Java. No parts of the animal are wasted. The buffalo are never harvested for their bones or horns. Please see our material information page to find more detailed information on the materials we use.
By promoting and sharing concepts of species awareness, recycling, and overall health of the ecosystem with the community that produces our products we are able to create a unified understanding that improves the end results for all. The materials we choose are sustainable, local or recycled and reflect our desire to give the earth a chance.
Harnessing creativity and perfecting the craft with practical experience.
Photography is not something I produce, it's something that produces a change in me and my clients. The camera lens captures what the human eye leaves behind. I consider myself nothing less than a chronicler of the human condition, for better or worse. When you see my photos, I think you'll agree.
This is a very small, grassroots type operation.
We know that hand made goods take time, healthy people, and a good sense of community to produce! As of 2008, all products are hand crafted by eight to twelve workers from a single community in Bali, Indonesia.
I stay Indonesia annually for several months and maintain good contact with the families with whom I work. In production, we operate based on the following: we do not push the production time of the goods, and maintain a personal relationship with the producers to ensure the quality of their lives is up to standard. This area is Hindu and has countless Holy days that must be respected, and on most of these days people do not work. This is not a Monday through Friday operation, they have their own calendar that we adhere to. Also, as costs raise we conference about it and adjust payment as needed to ensure the needs of all peoples can be met. The structure of this business is very loose and fits easily into the traditional structure here. If we were to try to force it into conventional western style it would create turmoil in the structure of family life here and destroy the local customs. The business operates in accordance with the social structure of the village and local tradition.
I consult with all of the craftspeople who produce the goods in regard to their needs for time, the costs of production, and ideas they may have to make a product better, healthier, or more beautiful. The crafts people also participate in the adjustments to designs and, rarely, in creating new designs. The designs are often adjusted to suit the set of skills of the carvers I work with. Often, designs are made specifically to fit the skill set of one who needs work. This ensures balance in the work flow and job security. I visit with everyone as often as possible and on special occasions. Before doing business we take tea or coffee and chat. After we frequently eat together.
We operate like a family.
Seeing what others won't, creating what others can't.