Monday, April 26, 2010

Rare Handmade Cabochons to Feast the Eye and Soul

We had featured our Czech Artisan Jindrich Ceska from the glass making region of Bohemia a while back and are now showcasing and displaying his work available for you to acquire, horde and purchase to your heart's delight.  These are ideal to attach to Lacy's Stiff Stuff and to embellish and secure with bead embroidery. The cabochon designs may never be repeated as some of the molds are over 50 years old. 

If you are interested, we will be offering a class using Jindrich's rare cabochons to make a beautiful set of earrings and to embellish and fringe with new techniques. This ancient technique is rarely used today, LB o J'zazz are one of the few establishments globally who are still willing and committed to maintaining this important component in our repertoire of rare and special finds.  These are collectibles in their own right. 

Monday, April 19, 2010

Decopatch Orientation for Hope School For Special Needs Team

Last Tuesday April 13th, we got a chance to visit Hope School For Special Needs in Dasman and meet with teachers and support team during our orientation session with Decopatch.  This school has wonderfully large and spacious classrooms in addition to a dedicated team of teachers and support. I was quite impressed to see the facilities and interact with the Hope School For Special Needs family based on our invitation by Mrs. Linda Fouke the school Principal. 

The Hope School Team was able to sample the product in addition to getting a complete safety and feature overview of the materials that focused on the fact that our beautiful papers are water based inks and our award winning glues and varnishes that can be safely used with children as young as three to ninety three!  Some of the participants pulled out eye glass cases, mirrors and wallets from their bags and started Decopatching these items in perfect upcycling fashion.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Upcycling with Decopatch on Sabah al Watan last Wednesday April 7

For the first time, live viewers in Kuwait were able to see how easy it is to upcycle with Decopatch.  Starting at 8:30 in the morning, anchor lady Fatma Bou Hamed and I started to work on a chair throughout the show.  Celebrating and recognizing that old things can and are more beautiful and meaningful as those things bright shiny and new. 
To the extent that since we only had one brush available during the program, Fatma had the team look for another brush!  I had to give mine over as she basically worked on the chair during breaks.  So, now we have a new project underway with the Sabah al Watan team and that is we will go on a scouting trip to the Friday market and the rest will be a surprise for viewers as the project unfolds. 
New Decopatch papers for 2010 will be in the store in the weeks to come and we'll keep you posted. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Redesign your life with Decopatch on Sabah Al Watan tomorrow at 8:30 AM

Take an item that you have moved to your storage area, dust it off and get ready to transform your object in an artful piece with Decopatch!
Tomorrow, Lubna will be showing how affordable, safe and creative you can transform your everyday objects in a relatively short amount of time.  Join us as we get to reap the rewards of recycling and upcyling in more ways than one. 

The show kicks off on Al Watan TV at 8:00 AM, our segment will begin at 8:30 and we'll be Decopatching throughout the segment. 

Monday, April 5, 2010

Life, Art & Love; A Collaboration

The past two weeks, the LB o J'zazz family has been experiencing a whirlwind of activities at the business and personal level. For the founders, creating an extension that reflects our life philosophies has been instrumental in our development and evolution.
Lubna and Bettina have been running the store, administration, government paper work, marketing and school events in addition to gearing up for a life changing event of one of the partners; as Lubna is getting ready to tie the knot.
Creatively and personally, the demands have never been more challenging as a small entrepreunerial outfit. We were able to use this very personal day and incorporate meanings and nuances at several levels.
Whenever I had the chance to communicate with my dear friend, creative inspiration and designer Claudia Shames, I would say: " Claudia if I ever decide to take the plunge, you will have to design and make my wedding dress." Due to the short notice this was not possible and I had to find something that suited my persona fast. So, the focus then moved to creating a bridal veil that would be the focal point of the whole ensemble. So just three days ago, Claudia, Bettina and I began a creative and material collaboration. We selected the tulle, a silvery beige dream of a material. Then Bettina seeing my anguish when Claudia asked if I could create a bejeweled band, jumped in and offered to design and make it for me.
As ideas were thrown around, both Bettina and I realized that as we have been espousing quality materials in the textile realm here in Kuwait, we saw this as the ideal opportunity to only use LB o J'zazz Czech Crystals, our Premium Japanese beads and C Lon thread as the perfect sampler combined with my favorite designer who has a keen understanding and sensitivity of how to enhance our individuality in her creations.
We will share with our friends and readers the joys of colloborating in a field that will end up creating an adorned piece that will be part of our memories, joy and celebration of a special day of matrimony. This is what makes us tick. Artfully living, and creatively loving. This is who we and this what we do.