New Eclastic ring

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And because I loved the first Eclastic ring here I am again with another bizarre  idea.

I’ve spent hours on the net looking for ideas and tutorial.

Hours because my internet connection here is pathetic and slow. I had to put the modem on top of a tree.

I came across an artist, Tonya O’Hara, and I just fell in love with what she does.

This ring is clearly inspired by her design, even if I have no idea on how she keeps the pieces together. This is why I guess she is an  “Artist”.

Her website is http://www.petcelljewellery.com/

I find this ring amazingly original, happy and unique,  it reminds me of the chakras or of a similar shaped egyptian Hieroglyphic.  It is stronger than I thought, however is too big for my finger and I have to admit it is not extremely comfortable to wear here in the bush. I’ll try again back home.

 

First Eclastic ring

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Like most of the women I love rings and I love to be different everyday.

I got inspiration from some “beadable rubber ring” that I saw on the net and I thought…why can’t I make it with plastic bottles?

I’ve used a small fanta bottle, wire and some beads.

The biggest challenge for me was to get the size right. I am still in the bush with no tools and I have to be a bit more creative.

I think it is a smart and simple ring, comfortable to wear. I have given one as a gift to James the Maasai waiter. It will be a gift for his wife.

Maasai do amazing things with beads, they have that patience that I truly miss.

Cleaning day in Maasai Mara

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At “Eclastic” we recycle plastic, and we clean places out of it.

Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Hundreds of different animals depend from it. One of Sunworld safari guide, GK, once sent me a photo of a place called “look out”. A beautiful place on top of a hill where tourist can have a breathless view of the savanah and having a picnic.

It is a pity that that beautiful place was actually covered in plastic, paper and all sort of rubbish. 2 drums for the rubbish are there and they are empty. The plastic bottles are all outside on the ground.

The Eclastic team with the support of Little Mara Bush camp decided to go there and clean it.

What we have found was actually unbelievable. Not only plastic bottles, paper lunch boxes, cigarettes and paper…we have found condoms, sanitary pads, etc. Behind each bush used toilet paper.

It was deeply disgusting. More than the rubbish I was disgusted by the fact that human being had created that mess.

With time, lot of patience and rubber gloves we have removed every single piece of rubbish.

How long it will last?

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Wine Charms

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Every guest is different and every guest is special.

We had honeymooners and we usually put fruits covered in chocolate and a bottle of wine in their tent at arrival.

But this time I was looking for something different who could give the whole set up a magic and different touch, so I thought of doing bottle and glass charms.

The guests loved it!

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The first Eclastic team!

Many Maasai are working at Little Mara Bush Camp. We invited their wives to learn how to recycle plastic bottles.

I was a bit skeptic, Maasai are famous for their beads work, will they like the plastic bottle beads?

YES, they loved it!

Agnes Cecilia and Noolari are living in a village close to Talek, a small business center in Maasai Mara. A bit shy at the beginning, they have mastered the art of creating beads with plastic bottle in a minute!

We had lunch together, we sang Maasai songs, we went to see the Hippos at the Hippo pool, and we created nice necklaces.

We have given them a bag with all the necessary tools to work with. From scissors to candle to beads and clasps. What they have produced are now for sale at Little Mara Bush Camp and I really hope tourist will like it.

The idea is to teach local people to recycle the plastic bottles to earn something and to keep clean the environment!

 

 

Saruni and the plastic curtains

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Saruni is Little Mara Bush Camp naturalist and he also takes care of the children.

Today we have started to do the plastic curtain in the Little Manyatta.

We still need more bottles, but I’m sure we will get them soon.

I am glad to see that the Maasai are appreciating the craft with plastic.

 



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Little Mara Bush Camp


The Mara has welcomed us with lots of animals. A Leopard left his prey on a tree (photo coming soon…) Wildebeest surrounded the camp and Hippos walk in front of us.

During the evening we can hear Lions, Hyenas, Hippos and Elephants! Simply amazing.

Eclastic first task is to create small plastic curtains for the “Little Manyatta”, a small place created by Maasai women in perfect Maasai style where children can read, create and have fun.

Saruni, Little Mara Bush Camp naturalist, will take care of the children. What a fantastic idea.

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The Plastic Whisperer goes to the Mara!

It is now time to start a new adventure. An adventure full of surprises, sun, animals, savannah, unexpected situations.

In July we will start the Eclastic project in Maasai Mara (Kenya). We will train the Maasai women to create beautiful jewelry and useful items with plastic bottles.

I wish everyone could see plastic the way I see it, not just rubbish, but a row material which need transformation.

Next update will be from the bush…hopefully!

 

Fabulous pink

This is one of my first creation with flowers. I love pink. Unfortunately I cannot find pink plastic bottle here so I’ve colored one with a mat spray and the result is not bad at all.

This color represents compassion, nurturing and love. It relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing.

A combination of red and white, pink contains the need for action of red, helping it to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. It is the passion and power of red softened with the purity, openness and completeness of white. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits.

Pink is feminine and romantic, affectionate and intimate, thoughtful and caring. It tones down the physical passion of red replacing it with a gentle loving energy.

Pink is intuitive and insightful, showing tenderness and kindness with its empathy and sensitivity.

In color psychology, pink is a sign of hope. It is a positive color inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay.

Pink calms and reassure our emotional energies, alleviating feelings of anger, aggression, resentment, abandonment and neglect. Studies have confirmed that exposure to large amounts of pink can have a calming effect on the nerves and create physical weakness in people. Violent and aggressive prisoners have been successfully calmed by placing them in a pink room for a specified amount of time. Exposure for too long can have the opposite effect.

read more about pink color here

I did the same necklace in brown, purple and blue (sold..) green and aquamarine green 🙂

Nick Ndeda and the dvds

I never really listen the radio. I get disturbed by the fact that I cannot choose the music and I cannot sing every single song.

One day in the office I’ve discovered XFM 105.5 (Nairobi). Nice music and nice people. I love it and I listen to it every morning from 6:30 to 8:30 and from 18:00 to 20:00, basically when I’m stuck in the famous and horrible “Nairobi Traffic”.

Nick Ndeda, the gentleman who does the morning show is a very funny, polite and amazing character and I could not believe when he tweeted me that he had something for me!!! For me? 😮

We met briefly and he gave me hundreds of dvd’s and cd’s. I felt it was Christmas. I love working with dvds. Hard to prepare and time consuming but I love the result. Below some of them…Thank you Nick!

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