Luthier Extraordinaire

Maira Barragán from La Problaciôn (Cordoba) in Argentinia is a gifted person. She builds (and plays) the cuatro ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuatro_(instrument) ). Not just ordinary ones but as a real ‘Luthier’ she creates cuatros with wood and silver inlays (the last probably inspired by her jewellery making father).

Maira is visiting the place I live in and more than happy to show off. Photographs are all processed in a different way but all shot with settings ISO 400, A 8 and S 1/15 (with Canon and Sony cameras).

Doing something different with jewellery

Doing something different with #jewellery. Yvonne de Wit (she is just setting up her own blog; the ‘about’ page is more or less finalised), co-incidentally my wife and love of a life-time ( 😀 ), creates jewellery of sterling silver and South African Earth (such a diversity). Pictured is a pendant in the shape of a Zulu shield with a Nguni hide of soil particles. This is one of the pieces of a new collection that will be marketed in the course of 2014. All jewellery is, piece after piece, purely handcrafted and every piece is unique with different patterns. Every  #design is own.

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Ollie THE Ant

Somewhere on a farm near our village lives a guy who has dedicated his life to ants and spiders. And these insects you can find in abundance around his dwelling. Oliver (but all say ‘Ollie’) will never kill an insect. He’s so inspired by them that he copies them in diverse materials. And they look real. Ask  a dear friend of us in Zurich; she jumped and screamed and the whole of Zurich was awake in the middle of the night. This might be exaggerated a little bit (not too much) but it just shows how well crafted these little creatures are. Last Saturday Yvonne bought a silver ant and I started to experiment with my camera.

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