Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A New Year To Discover Through Our January Meet & Bead

So much of what we have known in the world up until 2011 changed dramatically and at super sonic speed, yet the stilling of the mind and being present is even more meaningful and required in this day and time.  So without further ado, our January Meet and Bead is just around that virtual corner. 
It has been a year where LB o J'zazz gained new friends, shared our passion for handmade and continued to strive to offer beautiful, quality products and a plethora of class offerings.  We aim to continue to create a community of beaders and makers that will enrich our lives and create objects that are satisfying to the eye and nourish the soul.
Detail of Totemic Flights by Lubna
So whether you are a beader or never held a bead before we welcome you into the LB o J'zazz Beading Zone where in an informal and casual environment you can meet creative souls, peruse through magazines, show off your work, receive feedback and just hang out while people are creating.

I will be offering my Cinnamon Spiced Cider which is always in high demand, hot chocolate and other yummies to warm you up this new year. 

Date:  January 6 Friday
Time:  6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Beading Zone
Jabriya Block 9 Street 6 House 13 (Side Basement Entrance)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Turkish Delights Evening Tuesday December 27

Istanbul Photos
This photo of Istanbul is courtesy of TripAdvisor

In our journeys outside and within Kuwait there have been some eye opening discoveries that the interaction of technical know how surely does not exist in a vacuum and permeates more than we realize.  One day, as Bettina and I were meeting with a group of talented makers from Turkey in the precious metal industry here in Kuwait we were visiting their factory and stumbled upon cabinets full of older vintage molds.  When we asked about them we were told that their fathers had worked these amazing filigree pieces over twenty years ago. 
Istanbul Photos
This photo of Istanbul is courtesy of TripAdvisor

If you could see the look on our faces as we sifted through and began creating a custom collection to present exclusively for our LB o J'zazz familia in various precious metal finishes.
Detail of Vintage Filigree in Antiqued Silver

This will be the debut to celebrate the culture of Turkey and it's profound influence through the region through Occupation, assimilation and Rule.  So.join us for a magical evening to discover our Turkish Delights Collection,  music, cuisine and more with friends and new faces. 

Date:  Tuesday December 27
Time:  6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Venue:  LB o J'zazz
Shaab el Bahry Block 8
Mohammed Darwish Al Aradi Street ( formerly Ibn el Khatib)
Adjacent to Euro Telecom
Tel:  2261-0686

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Decopatch at TES Winterland Wonderland Bazaar Friday December 9

Creating textures with the versatile Patchliner

Delicious Delectable Decopatch

 This will be our first ever at the Winter Wonderland Bazaar and Decopatch will be showcased for all you regulars and a great chance to sample and experience  Decopatching the LB o J'zazz Tree Of Life at the event.  You will get to select from over 72 paper designs, Tresors and Patchliners to create amazing upcycled projects from the comfort of your home. We will have gift sets that are perfect for the holiday season. Chaminda and I will both will be there to receive you.  We'll be outdoors so make sure you are dressed for any weather changes. Hope to see you there.

Date:  December 9  Friday
Time:  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Venue:  TES  The English School Salmiya
From the 4th Ring Road you make a right turn on 1st Street and then another right on 27th Street. 

You will have the option of paying for your purchases at our booth with KNET.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A rose is a rose is a rose is a thorn

As this has a lot to do with our LB o J'zazz shop in Shaab el Bahry this post is dedicated to what's in a name or street designation and on as lightly a satirical note as I can summon.  When we first opened our shop and still to this day two years later, our landlords are still working on a sign and a name for the building.  We just about passed out holding our breaths waiting.  So, instead the new Executive Flex adjacent to our two storey nameless shopping complex got free promotion on all our communication materials, our business cards, receipts, virtual communications and what not.  Anytime we would describe our main street location people were able to find Ibn al Khatib Street quite easily. We even had it Google Mapped. It's been there for years and was an easy name. The way it sounded was pretty catchy and cool also.   That too was on all our communications.
LB o J'zazz today | Photo by Chaminda
Approximately  a month ago, a journalist was trying to reach us and she called me at the shop,  I was giving her my directions which were : " So you get off Route 30 right after the bridge and you make a right immediately onto Ibn al Khatib Street" well, she kept insisting the street did not exist and was some sort of fuzzy figment of my already vivid imagination.  Chaminda then responds to me and says :  "Oh yes, they changed it to Mohammed Darwish Al Aradi a few days ago."   "Mohammed Darwish who?" I ask and still ask.  I then walk out onto the main street and sure enough Ibn al Khatib is nowhere to be found.  Where did he go Ibn al Khatib, has the road designation been sent to  Baladia exile in less desirable areas and just who is Mr. Al Aradi and what did he do to deserve eliminating a slice of our memory, consciousness and street?

Streets, social and civic centers and schools become part of our landmarks and cultural points of reference.  That is why this naming process is of serious concern.  It  seems that the criteria for naming is seriously lacking in substance, values and devoid of meaning.  I constantly insist that our creative members of our community can and should be recognized in our daily lives. This is for a start. We should also consider and recognize those people who lost their lives during the Invasion of Kuwait in 1990 along with the citizens who were kidnapped and taken as Prisoners of War never to return.
If the street was going to change it would have resonated a vital chord if for example it was changed from Ibn al Khatib (a historic figure not related to Kuwait's history) to say Aisha Al Marta's or Asrar Al Qabandi Street.  (These are only examples)
However, after my research I found out that Mr. Al Aradi was an adviser to the late ruler and this seemed to hold great merit enough to change the name of a street.  In more civilized societies the people residing and having businesses in an area are asked through Town Councils as to whether they accept the idea of changing the street name and to what the change would be.
Canada Dry Street in Shuwaikh is another example and despite the fact that the Canada Dry Factory no longer exists, the nomenclature still holds. Yet, the Municipality has published the name change and as long as these changes have been published in the newspapers after the fact, they have absolved themselves yet again.  With all the new areas and suburbs that have new fresh un-named streets, I'm sure Mr. Al-Aradi's street sign would have found a more welcome presence. 
Again, someone knowingly or unknowingly is erasing our contemporary memory, just like the old courtyard homes and historical neighborhoods that have been demolished from our consciousness.
Now, when I describe our location the dialogue begins with:  " Do you know Ibn al Khatib Street?" they answer "Yes"  my response is:  " Well now it is Mohammed Darwish Al Aradi's Street formerly known as Ibn al Khatib".  I wonder how our new business cards will look?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Quick Reflections

I woke up this morning full of energy that seemed to match the crispiness in the air.  Getting ready to head out for a full day of administrative errands and a get together for a cuppa with one of my favorite people and artists Angels Madrueno. 
So while having my first morning cuppa brew I downloaded some quick pics and some really quick editing to post and share about our first debut of Soda Pop Bling | Totemic Flights at the Bejeweled Show held by Gallery Tilal.  It was such an eye opener and meeting so many different people in that amazing space was the best way for LB o J'zazz to introduce our body of work.  So here are a few images before I run out.... to be inspired and curious along the way. 
A close up of my most recent piece Totemic Flights 1
Reem and Hanan surprise visit
Lady Z- What would I do without her!