The evolution of a product
Around 2 years ago, one of the Maasai working at the camp, Steven, gave me a gift. A small elephant necklace made out of cow bone. It was an unexpected gift that I really appreciated.
Once home, I tried to cut the same shape on a DVD but it was harder than expected. The trunk was getting broken all the time, the plastic was not melting together, the colours were fading.
I did hundreds of experiments before I got it right.
I started to sell the Elephant necklace at Mara Bush Camp – Private Wing and people loved them!
We got featured on the Air Kenya magazine “Ndege News” and some people came to the camp just to buy the small red elephant necklace.
I was very proud, but not totally satisfied.
My mum told me once that Elephants with the trunks up bring good luck and that is what everyone needs, isn’t it? So I started to change the original design.
Cutting was even more challenging than before. But the result was much nicer.
I even dare to say; rather fabulous!
At the same time I discovered metal stamping. What a cool thing. I couldn’t help but fell in love with it.
But plastic cannot be hammered…so I’ve tried to write something on a piece of aluminium taken from an old broken teapot. I wrote a message to myself “NEVER GIVE UP”.
I wear it all the time.
This is how I started “The Elephant with a Message” that got sold out in very short time at the camp.
I wrote inspirational quotes like “Dreams come true“, “Enjoy each day“, “I can and I will“, “you are special“, “you are loved“, “Keep going“.
I am still not 100% satisfied.
I feel that the little Elephant Necklace is work in progress, It will go through more changes, aiming for perfection.