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…….
The path to Loldia House
The wedding decor….
Thank you for giving me the chance to make your wedding day beautiful……
IN 2010 the month of September a close friend held my hand and took me through the path of opening an online store on Etsy.When we started out there were a number of hurdles; like I couldn’t withdraw money from my Paypal account. At that time getting good photos proved to be quite costly.
I am currently running my online store on Etsy and very happy with the performance. Each time I interact with my fellow artisans, I sell to them the idea of starting an online store on Etsy.After spreading the gospel about Etsy,Abeba Sirak Of MeskelAbeba decided to open an online store to sell her Ethiopian jewelry.
First thing I started on is taking crispy clear photos of her Afro-centric Ethiopian Jewelry. In Etsy one of the selling points of your store is good photos of your product. The sort of photos that the client can see each aspect of the jewelry and envision how it would look on them. In a few hours we had managed to capture good shots of about 20 pieces of jewelry.
Once we were done with the photography,we proceeded to set up shop in Etsy and Paypal.Taking note of important points like very comprehensive descriptions,title tags and Keywords so as to achieve Search Engine Optimisation.Off cause your product doesnt automatically appear on the first page of Etsy or Google when somebody keyes in one of your Keywords.To achieve this takes abit of effort and consistency in updating your site.As much as one would like to use a lot of repetition in their description ;the way one describes the jewellery must be creative and captivating to the buyer.You must always think like the buyer.
It is not enough to just update your site with new products and do the same on social media sites.You must have a marketing strategy.It might be exciting for you to post your sales but that doesnt necessarily interest a buyer.You must pick social media sites that will bring traffic to your shop.In my case Pinterest and Tumblr have brought quite abit of traffic to my store.You can engage your clients by giving them a sneak preview of the process you go through to come up with your product.It is also important to have CSR activities.One must think of creative ways to capture the clients attention.
Once we are done i like to act as a mentor to the artisan.In case you would like a more detailed approach to opening your store please get intouch with me on email@example.com.Here are some images of Abeba,her workshop and I guiding her on how to set up shop.
To spoil yourself with some of her amazing African jewelry, log on to Etsy and search for a shop by the name MeskelAbiba.
Join us on Etsy……..
Hi!After taking a long break from my blog i came across the Pantone color chart for 2014,the beauty of this palette breathed life into me.I felt a certain urge to write about these refreshing combination of colors.
Discover this seasons beautiful colors.
A splendid color that is notoriously famous for its allure and elegance. The color orchid is associated with royalty. This array of antique recycled beads is emanating the rich radiant orchid color. Each bead is intimately connected to the other by hand cut Brass Giriama rings, held together in the true spirit of African togetherness.
Dazzling blue is a resplendent memoir of nature’s exotic ocean. We meticulously blended different shades of blue, gray and a dash of Ivory white. This Afrocentric necklace is inspired by the Ocean; we added Fishbone beads to be in tune with the sea.
This shade of color yellow takes me back to the beautiful vegetation floating effortlessly on Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island. Inspired by the beauty and colors, we created a modest piece of jewelry that suits a formal look. Elegant is the word to best describe this Afrocentric necklace.
The warmth and mellowness of this color is in line with Tropical Africa’s beautiful weather.In the same spirit we created an African necklace that celebrates our Legacy and Culture and at the same time adds splendor to your look.This African beaded necklace is a rich ensemble of antique Krobo and Segi beads;a one off piece of jewelry.
My ideas on how to express these beautiful colors of spring.What is your take?