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By ameliespitz, Apr 2 2018 02:18PM

I am just finding myself in a transition, or I am right in it.

The question currently is : will I continue with this website, with this jewellery -with what I am doing, how will I continue?

It has been difficult for me to produce more (I had so many request!).

The path, especially in the last 2-5 years, has been very curvy and rocky due to so many other commitments in life (job to earn a living, higher education, needs of family and friends) ...Clocking in late night hours or weekend shifts to make this jewellery project possible, being in the studio on my own.

I have been also aking myself: where will I find the time for myself? Lately I felt empty. A lot of times I have found myself feeling more angry about a lot of things that I have not done yet, where my work has been always priority.

I am not sure of what is lying ahead. For sure changes are ahead.




Finally there's a photo of me in the workshop!
Finally there's a photo of me in the workshop!

By ameliespitz, Apr 1 2018 01:48PM

During my one month residency at Museum Volkenkunde I have been able to study one culture in specific; I got interested in the jewellery and customs of the Mentawai people from Indonesia.

Indonesia exists of many islands, one of them are the Mentawai Islands, they're located south-west of Sumatra.

The population is estimated to be around 80.000, also the islands are just below the equator.

There is also a Lonely Planet travel guide, in which I found a very remarkable quote:


‘‘Though not far from the mainland, the Mentawai Islands and its people were kept isolated until the 19th century by strong winds, unpredictable currents and razor-sharp reefs….

… attempts to mainstream the culture have separated the people from the jungle and whittled the jungle into profit. It isn’t what it used to be, but it's a long way from being like everywhere else.‘‘

(Lonelyplanet.com)


In Museum Volkenkunde you will find a lot of exports, which function as a mirror to a societey, the natural surroundings. Materials sourced in nature, as well as precious materials or ceramics.

They could be all categorized as ‚Jewellery‘, however each of them is an allegory, a story, a poem, a dooropener to another culture:

We enter a new world.

Perhaps we could even ask, who was the maker of this object?


Part of my journey through Leiden (you can get yourself a detailed local maps from the tourist information or the surrounding shops) has been: making maps as well as mental maps. One good advice if your Google Map should strike in Netherlands, count the streets and canals on the map before you start your journey and you will not get lost.

You will be amazed which small streets you can wander into, where you alongside, will discover many amazing local shops, great food and curiosities.


During my stay I have been able to dwelve into the culture of the Netherlands for a bit.

I have attended a contemporary theatre play – which has been curated by dutch artists. I felt that the mixture of the sounds combined with (non-) verbal communication has been terrific and understandable even for none-natives.


During the Holland Festival 2018 there will be more to discover of similar multimedia art located on different spots in Amsterdam, running from early summer till late September.

For sure it is also possible to visit the many beautiful parks and inside gardens with flowers blossoming almost all year around. (Summer: gardens at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam/ Winter: Botanical Garden with hothouse, recommended for everyone that comes and visits the Netherlands for the love of its many flowers/ botanical knowledge).



By ameliespitz, Mar 16 2018 08:42AM

There will be no workshop on the 17.th March!


Apologies.

Please come and visit, I will answer as many questions as possible.

There is also a lovely cafe with great cake.

By ameliespitz, Mar 16 2018 08:38AM

This weeks I don't get a lot of time to write.

Though, I have been making some good amount of photos, that I will go through in the next couple of days. For sure also for the whole next year. Below are some images.

Hope that I will get to write more soon.


Take care!



The studio outside of the museum
The studio outside of the museum
The Lounge/cafe ----zzzzzz
The Lounge/cafe ----zzzzzz
In the park on a sunny day... many bikes+ people to find outside the street
In the park on a sunny day... many bikes+ people to find outside the street
Lots of fancy make-up. Paint palette full of curiosities.
Lots of fancy make-up. Paint palette full of curiosities.
Cooking meals in the kitchen (almost) every night.
Cooking meals in the kitchen (almost) every night.
Found this old photo. Mouse pendant, peridots,sil,...(at @Work Gallery LDN)
Found this old photo. Mouse pendant, peridots,sil,...(at @Work Gallery LDN)
Candy shop on the street, must take days to test and try them all.
Candy shop on the street, must take days to test and try them all.
Silversmithing an object on the workbench.
Silversmithing an object on the workbench.
Some of the materials have arrived...
Some of the materials have arrived...
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