A wedding in the Wild

It has been a while since I penned down something, my preparation for NY NOW exhibition had taken a toll on me. A couple of weeks back I had the opportunity to visit Kibo Slopes Lodge in Amboseli. This lodge is nestled in the heart of the Amboseli,a scenic place that is very captivating. The earthy look of the place took to my heart. I loved the décor in the tents;what caught my eye was the bangles curved out of a calabash being used as curtain ties. A couple of years back I tried selling the concept of using jewelry in Home décor.Lukagwa took one of its beautiful necklaces and framed it, a different way of depicting jewelry. Needless to say the market response didn’t meet our expectation.
After that trip a number of ideas racked my brain like how we can use our jewelry to accessorize your home or an event. In line with these school of thought I was approached by my high school friend Catherine, whom I hadn’t met in 13 years to do accessories for her wedding. I loved the challenge and concept. This ceremony took place in Naivasha, Loldia house. A wedding in the Wild. Please allow me to indulge you, the treacherous journey to Loldia is quickly forgotten by the sight of Dik Dik,Gazelle and Zebra’s .The Natural scene and untapped water areas was quite inspiring. The notion of the accessories had to resonate the same feel and look.
We settled on gathering empty wine bottles and wrapping them with thread for a groove like finish. The easiest bit was wounding the thread around the 150 bottles. The tough job was creating little ties for the bottles that had beads dangling. The end product was exquisite. These bottles were placed on small planks of wood on the tables. I need not say more have a look at the final display…….

Wildlife in Naivasha,Loldia House

The path to Loldia House

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The wedding decor….

#weddingsouvernirs #lukagwa

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Thank you for giving me the chance to make your wedding day beautiful……

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http://www.lukagwajewellers.com.

Memoirs of New York

My favorite lyrics repeatedly rang in my mind as I made preparations to fly out to the Big Apple.

“It was all a dream, I used to read it on Word up magazine”, these lyrics are from a famous song called Juicy.

Showcasing Lukagwa’s Shela  collection in New York,NY NOW 2015 was a dream come true.

Once the cold air from the air conditioning slapped my face I knew I was in a different world.

I spent a number of days in New Jersey in a nice neighborhood that was populated with the Latino community.

My days in the city of New York were filled with long walks trying to find my way around and frequently getting lost in between avenues and streets.

Every day was a compulsory workout until I mastered the art of using Google Maps to find my way around.

The friendly nature of the Americans took to me and the junk food made my appetite shrink.

In the midst of all of this unfamiliarity I found a place I called home in Queens Borough; a small apartment that was filled with love and warmth. My host Margaret was very pleasant and welcoming, her good nature helped ease the hustle of the city.

Being your typical tourist I made a point to visit Times Square, 5th Avenue, Mac Store, The streets of Brooklyn and Empire state building. I missed out on the statue of liberty and the amazing museums which are definitely on my bucket list.

My main reason for being in New York was to attend NY NOW Artisan Resource at the Javits Center.

Have a feel of my favorite moments and products in New York.DSC_0021a DSC_0024 DSC_0025 DSC_0028a DSC_0085 DSC_0076 DSC_0072 DSC_0102 DSC_0065a DSC_0023 DSC_0025 DSC_0079a DSC_0080a DSC_0082a DSC_0083a DSC_0089a DSC_0091DSC_0115a DSC_0101a DSC_0014