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IN THIS ISSUE ABOUT US 7
BALI CHILDREN FOUNDATION
BUDDHA TO BUDDHA UK
BATUL IN CAPE TOWN
BENNY, ALEX & PIET
FIDESSA DOCTERS VAN LEEUWEN
WADE ROSS SKINNER
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A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart
is an artist. ~ Louis Nizer.
Since our creation in 1997 Buddha to Buddha has become renowned for our bold 925 sterling silver jewellery. These timeless, handmade designs ensure Buddha to Buddha pieces are treasured for life. As an ode to this continuous art we decided to devote this edition of our magazine entirely to ‘Craftsmanship’, in any shape or form. From the heart of Cape Town to the heritage of Bristol and from our design head-quarters in Amsterdam to our talented silversmiths on Bali, we’ve got it covered. In this issue you will also find a piece on our new charity project aiding children on Bali. We hope the Buddha to Buddha way of life; the philosophy of both living consciously and fulfilling the possibilities of enjoyment, making the most of each day in an easy-going and natural manner inspires people to seize the moment. We also hope this Eastern, almost spiritual approach, that is far from being dreamy, inspires people to take responsibility for their actions too. Supporting ‘Bali Children Foundation’ gives us the opportunity to give back for the place and people we owe so much to.
Last but not least we ask you to join the fun. Creating something with your hands is a talent that should never be allowed to disappear. In a world full of mass production, it’s the unique and genuine things we appreciate most. That’s why we are asking you to design your very own Buddha to Buddha bracelet. The winner will have their’s handcrafted especially, from 925 sterling silver by our silversmiths. Embrace life... and get crafty!
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Furthermore we talk to the entrepreneurs of BAK restaurant about new beginnings and making bread. We ask some tricky questions to Alljan Moehamad, who is responsible for our beautiful campaign images. We get to look inside the head of writer Fidessa, show you our latest designs as well as the story behind our customized ‘Yudelele’. 7|
Buddha to Buddha pieces are all designed in Amsterdam and handmade by the finest silversmiths on Bali. Having worked on this beautiful island since our conception, the brand has a deep-rooted connection with the islandâ€™s people and culture. To ensure that we give back and invest in the future of the Balinese community we work with so closely, Buddha to Buddha has started a project with Margaret Barryâ€™s Bali Children Foundation.
The Bali Children Foundation’s (BCF) focus is to educate poor and remote children on Bali, with an initial aim to overcome the very high school dropout rates in rural communities at the end of Elementary school. The communities Buddha to Buddha support include 4 villages with 57 students under scholarship. This group of villages is in rural Northern Bali- several are hard to get to, often in mountainous areas, close to the Lovina township, To assist parents keeping children at school, BCF scholarships provide school fees, school uniforms, school shoes, school bag, books, stationery and a hygiene kit. Very remote children receive transport assistance. To aid Margaret’s cause Buddha to Buddha has developed a special charity collection. As Batul Loomans, founder of Buddha to Buddha describes it: ‘A jewel is a wonderful communication tool. You wear it, it is visible and it says something about you as a person. To add to this experience, we have used inspiring texts in the designs, such as: “Embrace Life”, “Be Aware and Share”. This calls for a reaction; you challenge and hopefully evoke positive thoughts in yourself and others. This is the first time we have created pieces with such a strong message, but we feel it’s the right time and the foundation deserves all the help they can get. Hopefully with the sales of this collection we can give the underprivileged children of Bali a chance to educate themselves and work towards a better future.’
Excited by the extraordinary co-operation between the Balinese, expatriate and tourist communities under extreme circumstances, she saw the opportunity to take those efforts beyond the disaster, into something sustainable. Working with 26 rural communities and 5 orphanages, Bali Children provide scholarships for over 560 deserving children, and offers direct teaching in English and computer studies to more than 800 children in Northern and Western Bali. Typical drop out rates in de past were 30 – 65% depending on the remoteness and poverty levels within the communities. The program so far has been very successful with all communities now showing a zero drop out rate after elementary and junior high school. Children are now staying on at school to year 12 graduation with many continuing to Tertiary studies. They currently support 20 students at university. This number will increase as another 40 students graduated in June 2013.
Background story Bali Children Foundation Bali Children Foundation has been operating as an education focused NGO in Bali for more than ten years. The Foundation started soon after the Bali bombing in October 2002, when the founder Margeret Barry worked with victims, doctors, hospital staff and volunteers to assist the injured and their families. 13|
To support the Bali Children Foundation you can buy a Buddha to Buddha bracelet, ring or necklace of our special Charity collection. From any proceeds no less than € 25,- of the bracelet, € 7,- of the ring and € 15,- of the necklace will be donated to this honourable foundation. At all times you can also support the Bali Children Foundation directly. For more information on this, please visit www.balichildren.com and www.buddhatobuddha.com
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ALLJAN MOEHAMAD Artist
As an artist you focus on several disciplines (photography, illustrations, design) . Can you explain what you love about each and how you combine them? Some disciplines are interests, and some you are born with. At the end of the day it’s just a way of making your ideas visual, so I love it all. It’s just the process that makes it different. Photography is social, and always in contact with people. Illustration is a lone road with no boundaries. A combination of these two disciplines is like an ‘actionreaction’. For the Buddha to Buddha charity collection you photographed and illustrated the campaign images. Where do you get inspiration from and how did you approach this as opposed to your other projects? The Charity project was a free assignment from Buddha to Buddha, so I felt I could do what I had in mind, instead of just making something specific some clients desire. Photography is a teamwork discipline and Buddha to Buddha is a commercial company, the Charity project aspect made it different: Charity comes from the heart and your input
as an artist will be a part of this. That makes it different from other projects. ‘Artisan’ seems to be a keyword these days. Do you feel your work is inspired by this trend or are you opposed to the idea? I don’t believe in becoming an artist. So I don’t believe in trends. What are perfect circumstances and ideal settings for you to work in, do you have certain rituals? Ha ha I can’t discuss this question with you, but I have some funny rituals, like when I paint for 4 hours, I feel like dancing for 3 minutes to a song and then continue painting’. Do your creative visions always materialise the way you imagined? If not, how do they change during the creative process? I don’t make sketches, I hate sketches. It makes my commercial projects difficult, but it’s my way of getting there. I love to see what happens when you just go with the flow.
Of all your disciplines, what areas of craftsmanship are you most proud of / requires the most skill? Illustration, because it’s always yourself. And my mom likes to say that she was the one that discovered me. Your illustration work is particularly intricate, how and why did you start drawing and how did your love of photography and design |28
develop (presumably as a result of this)? The funny thing is, that these two disciplines were two that I hated the most when I was young. I never wanted to go to drawing class, and hated photography because my dad was a photographer. Sad, but that’s life. Being an artist means there’s always a sad side of to the story. You can never change what you are!
Your use of different mediums allows you to have movement in a multitude of different ways. How do you plan to develop your work in these areas and do you plan to ever combine them? Having several disciplines will never give you 100% focus on one discipline. I like that. It keeps you in a semi-artist feeling.
WEâ€™RE ON THIS JOURNEY TOGETHER.
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In 2011 Richard and Sarah were named as “leading lights of the jewellery industry” and selected as CMJ Business Big Shots in the trade magazine, Professional Jeweller’s Hot 100 2012. BUDDHA TO BUDDHA UK Richard and Sarah Morfoot are the owners and directors of Fable Trading Limited, which distributes Buddha to Buddha and Trollbeads jewellery throughout the UK and Ireland. They lead a team of 16 staff working from Fable’s head office in Bristol. The company also employs three full time visual merchandisers and five agents, all out on the road, working with jewellery retailers throughout the country. In 2012 Fable Trading introduced Buddha to Buddha to the UK and the brand made its debut at the February NEC Spring Fair in Birmingham and was subsequently also showcased at the IJL in September and NEC again this year. The brand is now widely available through UK dealers and the British people are definitely getting a taste for Buddha to Buddha’s outstanding designs.
Jools Oliver wearing the Nathalie Small bracelet
The Craftsmanship of Bristol, England Thereâ€™s a buzz about Bristol. From the awesome spectacle of celebrated engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunelâ€™s landmark suspension bridge straddling the deep Avon gorge below, to the colourful glimpses of street art created by pseudonymous graffiti artist, Banksy, this is a city that means business.
Rich in heritage, there’s history in every step as you stroll around the vibrant dockside. This is where the explorer, John Cabot, set sail with a crew of eighteen in 1497 to discover Newfoundland. A replica of his historic wooden ship, the Matthew, sits in Bristol’s famous floating harbour, eclipsed in size by Brunel’s iconic SS Great Britain, the longest passenger steam ship in the world from 1845 to 1854, and the first iron-hulled, propeller-driven ship to cross the Atlantic. Walking along Bristol’s ancient harbour, it’s easy to imagine the tall ships with their sails whipping in the wind and the shouts and cries of sailors preparing to head out to sea. Amble down the ancient stepped medieval lane of Christmas Steps, and you’re in the heart of Bristol, going back in time to when bars and brothels lined the streets. Today just one public house remains, the quaint Three Sugar Loaves at the base of the steps, the bars and brothels giving way over time to artisans and creative traders. Christmas Steps Arts now boasts an eclectic mix of artists, designers, instrument makers, glass blowers, book sellers, florists, antique sellers, tattooists, and craftworkers. Several rather unique traders include a bow-making establishment,
a stamp collector and dealer, a brass and woodwind shop, a clockmaker, a shoe-maker and a wedding gown designer. At the top of Christmas Steps sits Bristol’s centre for art glass and glassware founded in 1987 by Bristol Blue Glass, a craft which the city is famous for producing. In contrast to the history of the docks and the old alleys darted around the city are a new creative legacy, that of one Robin Gunningham (aka Banksy). Born in the city in 1974, the cities walls, floors and urban furniture became a canvas for the works of the stencil artist when he first started making his own history in the 90s. Banksy’s still pop up in Bristol to this day. There’s a buzz about Bristol.
BANKSY VERSUS BRUNEL BANKSY | BORN 1974
BRUNEL | BORN 1806
Mechanical & Civil Engineering
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Making his mark on the West Bank in Israel
Great Western Railway
MOST VALUABLE WORK
‘Keep it spotless’ Sold for $1.8 m / €1.37 m
SS Great Western, Cost £500,000 (Today’s cost - £52 m / €61 m)
Royal Albert Bridge
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
‘Exit Through the gift shop’
Kate Moss / Christina Aguilera
The British Public
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie / Blur
(He was voted 2nd in a BBC poll
(The band’s ‘Think Tank’ album
for the ‘100 Greatest Britons’)
featured a specially commissioned Banksy)
Graffiti Artist King Robbo
Civil Engineers Robert & George Stephenson
GREATEST PUBLIC WORK
Banksy v Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery
Clifton Suspension Bridge -Cost £100,00
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FALL | WINTER 2013 / 2014 For winter we get inspired by listening to stories of a adventurous travellers and the sound of wild animals in the woods. Let your spirit soar into a timeless feeling by observing these different moods.
Dara Three different products: one story. The clothing and the bags entice a touch of courage and thougness. The jewellery brings a bright twist with use of luxurious classic features and soft garment dyed styles combined with our sterling silver and leather braiding ensures a fashionable, comfortable feeling. The ultimate sense of travel is translated in dark colours like dark grey, navy and olive and to add a versatile character fresh print colours are also used. For urban clubbing in the evening the look is defined by black and white t-shirts adorned with small studelements for both men and women. All together, the complete package for an amazing journey.
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homemade bread As this magazine’s theme is craftsmanship we felt we needed to pay some attention to the world of food. After all preparing something from scratch with your hands, is well an art in itself.
We stumbled upon this gem not entirely by accident. News travels fast in a small town like Amsterdam, especially when it concerns good quality and reasonably priced delicacies served at an ideal setting. BAK has all these ingredients and as they put it modestly themselves; “Are ready to change the Amsterdam restaurant scene.” BAK came to life because the three owners felt they could add something to the Amsterdam catering business. They set out to do things differently in a more appealing manner; sumptuous and local food for prices affordable for twenty and thirty-somethings. A little bit classy, but at the same time also very accessible. Started first as a pop-up restaurant in different unusual locations around Amsterdam, for a few months now it’s located in a steady beautiful spot, overlooking the harbour, for both lunch and dinner.
While their concept has evolved recently, the trio have had long-standing associations with Amsterdam’s culinary scene. So where did it all begin? Benny has been active in the kitchen since age 17 and has worked at different restaurants, such as As and Silex. Also he worked as a caterer at ‘Foodies’ for a year. Alex comes from a real restaurant family and has helped out in his father Massimo’s restaurant since early on and also worked at Incanto restaurant for a year before starting BAK. Piet has worked on the PR department of several different companies and theaters. |48
Early on he started working independently as a corporate adviser. He also hosts his own parties, previous as ‘Aangebrand’ and now monthly in Paradiso under the ‘Party with Piet’ guise.
Making bread is exciting for us because we make our own yeast and it’s alive. You need to feed it on a daily basis and it responds to that. If you do not feed it for a few days, the bread turns out less tasty.`
The guys are determined to show people that it can be different, that you can dine out in style without breaking the bank in an easy-going atmosphere. And also that you can work with biological and local produce without being classified a stuffy alternative restaurant.
`We try to make new breads, with different kinds of flour, with nuts and experimenting with different water levels. There are a lot of books on bread, so the process will keep us occupied for quite a while.”
As they like to try out and experiment in the kitchen, they came up with the simple idea to make their own bread. Why? “Because it’s possible and fun and interesting to do.
Check out a few of BAKâ€™s recipes on www.buddhatobuddha.com/blog
The recipe of bread or ‘make your own yeast, keep it alive and from there make bread’:
• Keep this up daily for about two weeks (preferable on set times).
After 2 weeks you will see that the mixture reacts more regularly to the ‘feeding’. If this is the case, than now you have a mother.
If you want to bake the bread, take a tablespoon of the mother the night before and mix this with 200 g water + 200 g flour in a plastic container.
Make a dough/batter of flour and water, knead this and leave it for two weeks.
• After two weeks drain the water and throw away half of the mixture. • Add 200 g flour and 200 g water to the strong-smelling mixture.
The next morning you will have a mixture with bubbles in it. To test whether this is good, throw a small piece of it in a bowl of warm water. If it floats, it is good!
For the bread use 200 g of your mixture, 800 g flour, 400 g of water, a little olive oil and some salt.
This you need to knead well, make a ball of it and let it rest on a baking sheet for 1-3 hours.
If things are going as planned the dough has already risen significantly and is ready for the oven.
Make the oven nicely hot and bake for about 20 minutes. Check if the bread is done by tapping on the top. If it sounds hollow, it’s good to eat.
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Glancing in my writing room FIDESSA DOCTERS VAN LEEUWEN Professional writer
Fidessa Docters van Leeuwen writes, composes poetry, draws and, in between these creative outbursts, she teaches yoga classes. Together with her dear friend, Kirstin Hanssen, she wrote: “Lichter Leven, Lightstyle inspirationbook”, recently released by BBNC Publishers. In line with the publication they also give lightstyle workshops throughout the Netherlands. For more info: www.light-style.org. Text: Fidessa Docters van Leeuwen | Portrait : Celine Nuberg Photography
As a rule I don’t allow anyone inside. My credo is ‘do not disturb me’. For Buddha to Buddha I make an exception. Have a look inside my writing room and discover a fidgety and creative spirit. In the dark I grab for a pen and paper next to the bed. All I find is an old newspaper. This will suffice, as long as I can rid myself of these endless insights. Finally I can rest easy again. Let me dream, is what I think, of dark nights with bright stars in the sky, where book cupboards shape to castles and I write about love without kisses... Again I abruptly wake because of the need to write something down. This is the way it always goes. The day I decided I wanted to be a writer was the day my submitted letter ‘litteken op mijn buik’ (scar on my belly) got placed in the famous ‘Achterwerk’ section of the Dutch ‘VPRO’ TV guide. As I laid eyes on the guide for the first time, I understood, young, as I might have been, that I was holding my future in hands. ‘Fidessa Docters van Leeuwen, 11 years’, it said in black printed letters. A writer is what I would become. Writing now for me is a continuous play of searching and finding freedom. Maybe I want to liberate myself, but if so then only with means of beauty and poetry; by paying homage to the day to day with words. To secretly gloat about inconspicuous details that start to live the moment I decide to write them down. To get to this place I make tonnes of notes in Moleskine booklets whenever someone says something sweet about a ripe cheese sandwich or I’ll write about grandmas without teeth. Who knows one might end up as the lead character in my next story. Every day I pull out my chair from underneath my writing table and I sit down. Even if nothing comes to me, I stay put. That’s the secret to writing, even though nobody dares to admit it openly. And when the sentences all sewn together become a story, is when the reading aloud starts to discover what exactly is in these words. In this phase the writer and the editor in me pull out their swords and start
their never-ending battle. Is what it says really necessary? Goodbye, thousand words. The Verdict: not good enough. Dispirited and somewhat frustrated I throw them away. To strengthen myself, in thoughts I return to my writing spot in Competa, Spain and make long walks in the mountains and look for meaningful lines between the withered sunflowers. Or I turn around in the dewy wet grass and kiss the sky for an in-between poem. Where the frustration lies, also lies creation, is what I think. Again I take up my pen and I write. A white paper asks for black. As an obedient servant, I give it to her. Every time again. Even when I am weary. Or when there is no one that wants to pay for my words. Rather dry bread, than a life without pen and paper. And I don’t mean this in a romantic way, it is the hard reality, inner driving forces make sure of it. By writing I can live in a world that is my own. Always different. I’m like an actor behind my computer. For days on end I write, I delete. Of course it gets a bit dull at times or I feel bored. Then I put on a hat or I type words naked. I want to move the reader, treat them to emotion, a smile or a little dish of rasp-
berries. Recently I added the book “Lichter Leven” to that single shelf of books that carry my name. And still, the rward lies elsewhere. I like looking at eyes that dance over my words. Every noticeable chance in the features I watch closely. That one read sentence can find its own place inside the head of another person. I get tingles inside just thinking of it. Maybe that person and I are somewhere one.
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WHAT FEELINGS SOUND LIKE.. The seeds of our latest collaboration with Bali’s Yudelele were sown when Batul met Yude on Bali, when the Yudelele founder was flown in to perform exclusively at a friend’s party. The first thing he did on being introduced was pick up his guitar and play a tune - it’s the way he communicates with the world. Within no time the two became good friends and the shoots of the project really started to sprout.
TH E B U D D H A TO B U D D H A Y U D E L E L E internationally as ‘rosewood’. There are
of thickness wood board we book-match it
different types but it originates from the
two side left and right, using special wood
same family of roots.
glue and then let it sit for days to dry in different room condition to make sure the
Makes and plays the guitar
Learning the craft
glue is alright. We then sand it down to
“I started out as a musician before starting
1.5cm - 2cm all sides. Same goes for the
to understand and getting involved in the
neck of a guitar - basically we prepare all
instrument building business. I made my
the wood material. Then once all materials
very first prototype of Yudelele in 2008. I
are ready, we make a technical drawing for
travelled with it for about a year and got
the unit to be cut / glued / joint / build,
lots of feedback and support, when in 2009 I
all in parts. The most unique technique
started learning the building process from a
we use, which is a long standing method,
talented guitar maker on Java. In early 2012
is how we bend the side of the guitar. The
I finally formed my first Yudelele team and
modern way to bend the side of a guitar
built a working space in Bandung. Today
is using the heat from the electricity but
we are with 5 people in the company, so
in Yudelele we use the heat a fire. We
we’re relatively a baby.”
believe that with real fire it will gets a more gentle heat than from electricity, it will take
Yudelele is the only small guitar manu-
longer, but like anything else - everything
facturer in the world! We only focus and
is a process.
develop small guitar bodies. The big
le is completely crafted from one
brother style manufacturer might also
Playing the Yudelele
piece of wood. The top, back, side,
produce small guitars but we are a
Yudelele scale is basically using a tradi-
neck, fretboard, bridge and internal
specialised on the small body guitar,
tional guitar scale although cut short to 18
‘bracing’ are all made using solid so-
however our future visions may change.
inches. So it’s like putting guitar capo on
fret 4th in the guitar. Its suggested you
nokeling. We do this for a reason; we
believe, after research, the construc-
The creative process
tune to 1st strings A / 2nd D / 3rd G / 4th
tion inside the guitar which is called
We start by selecting log wood to be used,
C / 5th E and 6th A. It’s the same as playing
“bracing” is best when is following
quarter saw cut it, finding the best grain
a normal guitar, only higher. However you
what is the top side material of the
possible, the dryness, the colour, origin,
can still tune it the standard way like a
normal guitar, if you must but we naturally
Sonokeling is more commonly known
For the body of a Yudelele guitar, from 5cm
suggest you don’t.
TOGETHER WE CREATE Buddha to Buddha since â€˜97
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"The best way to travel is to go
without any preperation.." BATUL LOOMANS Founder Buddha to Buddha
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Dear Buddha to Buddha ambassadors,
where everything is a click away, we like
The best way to travel is to go without
to stay connected to our roots of crafts-
any preparation. Of course your passport
manship. If you consider that the hands
is handy, some fresh water for on the way
are directly connected to our heart, when
and a dear friend to bring you to the air-
we talk or work with our hands, we bring
port, but without planning and less control
something into the world that is rather
the real adventures can unfold.
This time I was lucky enough to visit a
dear friend in Cape Town, South Africa;
Founder, Buddha to Buddha
an inspiring city, where the fresh ocean winds keep you creative and light. In this issue of the Buddha to Buddha magazine we like to share with you our passion for handmade pieces. In a world
WOLF & MAIDEN
ALPHA BOARDS Having lunch in a funky place called
THE WOODSTOCK EXCHANGE
Lola’s, my eyes went to a beautiful series of
One of my encounters was with Wade Ross Skinner. He plays around with wood and leather, and his vision is to challenge
skateboards hanging on the wall as an art
If you happen to pass through Cape Town,
the ordinary and reconsider the things we
exhibition. They turned out to be part
visit the ‘Woodstock Exchange’ building.
already know. If you sit in a chair that is
of a project of skateboard shaper Kent
It’s the creative melting pot of the city. For
touched by his fingers, you will realise that
Lingeveldt. A few days later I visited his
a day I wondered around through a mix
true craftsmanship is never out of fashion.
workshop in the middle of an area called
of art, design and little workshops where
‘Woodstock’. Our meeting turned instantly
people showed their skills.
into an easy-going friendship. Kent is inviting different artist in the creative scene in Cape Town to make their own expression on the backside of the skateboards. His workshop is his playground for the day. Two boards a day is his limit and for the rest you will find Kent cruising down from Table Mountain. Life can be so simple. Presenting our Buddha to Buddha handmade creations made him giggle and we decided to start a small project together - the inspiring results you will find in this new issue of the magazine.
KENT LINGEVELDT Skateboard shaper
Kent Lingeveldt, 32, is a skateboarder, photographer and owner of Alpha Longboards. He lives for the sound of polyurethane wheels scraping tar: skateboarding is his passion, and it is his love for the lifestyle that has formed his life path. Kent started out street skating in 1994, in Cape Town’s Hanover Park and when he moved to the city’s Woodstock suburb a few years later, he discovered the joy of ‘bombing hills’.
He started downhill racing in 1999, at the first Redbull Downhill Extreme in Cape Town. He is one of only five riders to have competed in all four races. From 2004 to 2006, he travelled to Europe and South America to compete internationally, and in 2009, he competed at Newton’s Playground in Australia. In 2011, after a two-year break, he made his return to racing. And so the Alpha story continues…
Alpha – The Beginning Alpha Longboards started in Kent’s garage in 2001. Unable to afford the longboards being sold in shops, he learnt how to make his own. When friends started asking him to make boards for them, he saw a business opportunity and grabbed it. Skateboarders are now riding Alpha in 13 countries on five continents across the world. In 2006, Swiss rider Beni Weber was the World Cup Series Buttboard Champion on an Alpha Longboards buttboard. In 2009, Alpha Longboards launched its Alpha Art Boards Series. Since then it has worked with a number of acclaimed Cape Town artists including Roger Williams, Atang Tshikare, Govan Basson and Mr Fuzzy Slippers among others. In 2011 Alpha Longboards teamed up with stencil-artist, graphic designer and founder of ALT design brand, Charles John, to launch the Alpha Local Legends Series, Alpha’s flagship art range to date, which honours South African heroes – these have included Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Mahatma Ghandi. They are currently working on art boards honouring the late Imam Abdullah Haron, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, MK soldier Ashley Kriel, and Zola Budd.
The art of shaping What makes an Alpha longboard unique is that each board that leaves the workshop has been hand cut, shaped, sanded and finished by Kent himself. Each board is also customised for a riderâ€™s particular height, weight and skating style, thus making each board a one-of-a-kind piece. Over 500 boards have been made in the Alpha workshop in the past 11 years. There is a range of 15 catalogue shapes to choose from, and there is also the option of adapting a shape or designing a new one with Kent. Clients are seen on appointment only, made by contacting Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lazy Alpha Sundays On a Sunday afternoon, the once-deserted hills of District Six come alive with screams of laughter, encouragement and the unmistakable song of wheels scraping tar. Riders draw white lines with polyurethane wheels on tar, as they slide and bomb hills. What started as a group of friends skating together has grown into a skating movement, with new riders learning how to slide, race or even simply skate. The Lazy Alpha sessions happen every Sunday and riders of all levels are invited. |70
Images taken by Jakub Fulin | Extract taken from www.alphalongboards.com
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“Started by Wade Ross Skinner in 2011, Wolf & Maiden is an all encompassing Creative Studio that’s on a mission to improve the things and spaces you use every day. We design and manufacture furniture, lighting, home wares, hand-illustrated fabric, clothing, accessories, jewellery and stationery, as well as empower up-andcoming craftspeople, designers and artists. We also do bespoke pieces, interior design and decor and installations.” “Our vision is to challenge the ordinary; to enhance and beautify; to reconsider the things we already know and utilize in our daily lives; to invite the extraordinary into our environments. To create a future that’s beautifully sensible, intelligently able, and conscious of its actions and its need to continue resolving as well as evolving. We do this through exceptionally crafted, engaging and
aesthetically magnificent objects, designed to challenge the way we work, play and interact on a daily basis. We only work with organic materials such as wood, leather, hemp, cotton and base metals with the intent to craft things that improve with time. This is done through labour intensive processes that showcase the artisan.” 73|
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AND GET A CHANCE TO WIN YOUR own design! Show off your creative your very own desired bracelet and get a chance produced as a collectorâ€™s
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COMPETITION Buddha to Buddha is curious about your ingenuity and has therefore created a new contest to release everyone’s inner jewellery designer. The contest allows you to create the bracelet of your dreams and the chance to have the bracelet: • Developed in collaboration with our head designer.* • Crafted for you by our talented traditional silversmiths. • Named after you in your honour • Sold in our webstore as a limited edition. *The winning design may require revisions based on Buddha to Buddha visual identity standards. This will happen after your design has been chosen.
RULES Every element of the design, from the shape, to the lock and the security fastener, are entirely up to your imagination, with only a few restrictions: • The Buddha to Buddha logo plate must be incorporated somewhere on the bracelet • The bracelet must be made to fit the material: 925 sterling silver • The design must be truly original - no copies of existing models are allowed. When ready, please submit your design with guiding explanation and ideas from either this detachable magazine form or your own sketchbook by post at the following address: • So Pr, Amsterdam P.O. Box 69039, 1060 CA Amsterdam, The Netherlands attn. Buddha to Buddha design competition Submit personally: • At one of our authorized dealers. Online: •
All entries must be in by noon 10th of December 2013. Our in-house experts will then decide whether your design will be immortalised as the next Buddha to Buddha piece, so be as creative as possible and ensure your bracelet design stands out from the rest. Winner will be announced at noon 17th of December 2013. 2|
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