Monday, July 16, 2012

I Heart Macro : Gudo, Home For Talented Glass Beadmen

I'm not gonna write about the process of glass bead making. Cause the basic is the same, only different on the tools that usually we use. So here I'll take you walking along the rural roads that are still beautiful. Gudo itself isn't large village. Gudo is my third home. In here a lot of design inspiration. So come on, follow me back to nature *smile*

Welcome gate to small industrial glass beads
Most of glass beadmen have two types of work. As a glass beadmen in the daytime, in the early morning and evening they became farmers. Incidentally, this is a two-day harvest. If harvest just like now, most glass beadmen will stop making glass beads. They are more focused on the harvest event. Indigenous javanese still hold dear to them. Before the harvest begins, always starts with 'bancakan' kind of eating together as a form of thanksgiving for the harvest
Main road
Way to the paddy fields
Rice straw begins to dry after harvest
Some farmers on harvest
Toward a resting place, under a shady tree, unwind after rice harvest.
In these barns the harvest will be saved 'lumbung'
Haystack, delicious food for the cows that will soon be working hard to plow the field again.
Happily home after harvesting rice.
Beside rice field, in Gudo there are many small sugar plantations.
Road to the small sugar plantations.
The irigation for both field, rice and sugar fields.
Ready to work on small sugar plantation.
Mini tracktor to plow the field.
The small sugar plantation usually side by side with rice fields.
Now, enjoy the wild-flowers that I found along the road. These wild flowers adorn the edge of fields.
Red Dragonlfy's time to see the community. Mostly the house still in tradition design, except for a row of houses along the main village road, mostly used as a store for selling glass beads.
Some houses used as glass beads store.
Some traditional house design.
Ok then, our tour has arrived at village border, which is have a beatiful scenery. Once you cross a row of these cypress, it means you have left Gudo and you walked to my hometown - Kediri.


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Where Bloggers Create 2012

The party begin!!!
Huufff...I'm kind of stress for this party. Why?!? Cause my working space sooo unbelievable messy. You don't believe it ha...
 Behind this door, where three of my daily activities take place. Now lets open the door...
Thhhaaaarrraaaaa.....oooucchhh...working space or shed *frown* I tried to do some makeover my working room. Cleaning...mopping the the first result...
Not bad lah...I put bamboo mat and my cat enjoy it for the first time *grin* and move in my computer desk

I have mentioned that I do three kind of activies in this working room. What are they? Follow me get more deeper looking at my new working room *smile*

I'm A Beads Collector
I love to collect any kind of beads, specially my own java beads which make by my beadmen. And I must honest that I haven't found yet perfect place or something to keep my collection. So meanwhile, I put them together into cardboard and for the focals I put them into beads plastic container *just for safety place* Take a look to my messy beads collection. Any suggestion how to safekeep them?

I'm A Jewelry Maker
I only make jewelry when I have really idle time. Cause I need more concentration when I design the jewelry, althought it's only one piece. I have not much stash. I always enjoy the process, although I have to sit on the floor. 
And here...some of my pieces design...

I'm A Java Glass Beads Seller
With my beadmen, together we're under the same flag of Manik Jawa try to bring our local glass beads more acceptable by Indonesia jewelry makers. Our local glass beads as beautiful as glass beads from abroad. And here the space where I do some packing and keep some beads in listing.
 And photos below are sneak peek of Sept listing.
Welll...that's all about my working room.
Do you want to see more from others? Just simple click here.
Special hug for Karen Valentine for hosting this 'challenging' party.