Natasha Collis, Ibiza

March 15, 2012

If you’re visiting Ibiza this summer then you must try and visit Natasha’s boutique Jewellery shop and atelier in San Miguel, north of the island and far away from the madding crowds. I photographed Natasha’s silver collection in the hotel Can Pardal pool adjacent to her charming boutique, tucked away next to the oldest church in Ibiza, itself well worth a visit. All of her pieces are compelling combinations of colour and form. Natasha works with fine metals and precious stones such as diamonds and sapphires. Every piece is unique and made out of delicate nuggets of silver & gold, which are individually formed and shaped.

You can see Natasha talk about her hand-crafted jewellery and get a taste of her passion in this video clip Natasha talks about her Jewellery

Her studio is attached to her jewellery shop, and customers can watch her at work whilst they browse the latest necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

If you’re unable to get to Ibiza her unique pieces are stocked  here

 

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Natasha Collis, Ibiza

Orange is the only colour

March 4, 2012

When I started my blog back in October last year I said that I would show you more of the photos from my trip around S E Asia.  These photos are of monks and novices, mostly from Luang Prabang in Laos where every other street is home to a monastery (temple) or two and the monks and novices are part of daily life. There are 18 Monasteries in LP which are home to 1200 or so monks. 

Young boys, often from impoverished farming communities become novice monks and will gain an education and bring honour to their families. The boys live in the temples and their daily routine consists of work, prayer and study. All the food is donated from the locals as this is considered to be a good deed and will increase one’s rankings for the afterlife. Monks eat no food after midday to show alliance with Buddha, but are allowed liquids. Many novice monks speak English and are very keen to chat and practice with tourists. I found them totally enchanting whilst their temples had an air of meditative Zen tranquility.

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Orange is the only colour