Monday, October 8, 2012

Exhibition| REFLECTIONS by Najat | Thursday October 11

A sneak preview of REFLECTIONS by Najat
Back in the snowy winter of 1991 whilst training at Fort Dix, New Jersey as a volunteer attached to the 199th JAG, we were a small yet determined group of young women from Kuwait eager to be part of the healing, rebuilding and revitalization of our homeland.  Two of us were assigned to the project initially, a seriously intelligent post graduate student by the name of Najat Hussein and myself.  It was an intense two week training and we graduated on the day of liberation.
We worked together for a few months and lost contact shortly thereafter.  Whenever interviews were conducted I made sure to list all the names of the nine ladies who were the first in our modern history to wear a military uniform and serve on a voluntary basis.  I always wondered about Najat and hoped to reconnect.
Well, twenty years later on a spring evening we were preparing for our Venetian Nights evening highlighting the collection of handmade glass focal beads Bettina had discovered in the old cities of Venice, Murano and Burano, as I was stepping out of my car in front of our little gem of a shop an amicable lady with a smile was waiting outside for a friend to attend our event.  Immediately recognizing Najat it was a poignant reunion of sorts and a new connection and friendship ensued.
Two of Najat's REFLECTIONS | Encased in Circular Peyote

Through our subsequent Meet and Beads, her visits to the shop and classes, Bettina and I discovered a painter, a sewer, an Economics Professor and so much more creative energy along with being a committed mother of four unique and vibrant children.  One Meet and Bead evening, Najat opened a huge box with treasures and little sculptural surprises.  It was a magical gathering and we both agreed that these special pieces needed to be celebrated, viewed and shared.  Besides the fact that we wanted to get our hands on at least a few of these extraordinary cabochons to include in our own work!  Please join us as we celebrate another unique creative voice in our midst. 
Najat amidst three of her four children

Date:  Thursday October 11 and Saturday October 13
Time:  9:30AM - 1:00PM and 5:00PM-9:30PM
Venue:  LB o J'zazz Shaab Al Bahry
 Block 8 Mohammed Darwish Al Aradi Street ( Street 90)
Shaab Complex Ground Floor (Near Executive Flex and behind Costa Del Sol Hotel)

REFLECTIONS cabochons will be available for purchase and we are KNET friendly.  For more information you can contact us at 2261-0686

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Honoring Desert Rose Saturday

Desert Rose II

As the season is changing and life is revived with cooler temperatures and refreshing breeze, time has come to revive our popular Desert Rose bracelet with a 2012 variation.  This resilient design reflects the very nature of the Andenium plant native to the Middle East and found mainly in Yemen with its formidable presence and flowering branches.

We take you on this journey of creation with 2 needles each in a hand doing the Cross Stitch forming this precious bracelet. On the sides of this piece you will experience subtle winding through brilliant crystal bicone beads and seed beads to incorporate Japanese drop beads along with our exclusive collection of specially coated Spacers which we cherish. 

The workshop will be:

Level:  Advanced Beginner
Date:   Saturday Oct. 13, 2012
Time:   9:30 am- 3:00 p.m
Venue:  Jabriya, Block 9, Street #6, Villa 13 (Side Basement Entrance)

You will need to bring along the following materials/tools:
  • Bead mat
  • Beading tray
  • Scissors
  • Chain Nose Pliers/ Bent Nose Pliers
If you do not have these items, you can find them at our shop in Shaab Al-Bahry:

Al-Shaab Complex
Block 8
Mohammed Darwish Al-Aradi
Shop #4

We will have 3 different colorways to choose from.  Should you wish to join us, please pre-register with us by visiting our shop, calling us at 22610686 or emailing us at

Please come dressed comfortably prepared to relax and experience something new and different. We will be offering light snacks with tea/coffee breaks.  You are most welcome.