Petals on a Bloom Necklace - Cambodia
Each Saught product is a statement for hope, freedom and peace. By PeaceMakers, for PeaceLovers.
The designer’s inspiration stems from fibonacci: referring to a sequence that was extracted from the arrangement of the petals on a bloom. Petals on a Bloom is directed towards the path of repetition whereby shapes and forms are repeated in another size or axis, just like inflorescence arrangement found in a flower.
The main shape of each block is a peace sign encompassing the hope of peace in the Cambodian people.
This necklace is made of brass and chromed to protect it from tarnishing.
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Ven Sovanna is 30 years old and started work in Rajana (our partner NGO workshop) since 2004. He was selected by Mary Hill – the founder and former manager of Rajana, to start apprenticeship at Rajana. At a young age of 22, it was difficult for him to find employment as he lacked higher education. Rajana had provided him a livelihood and a future as a craftsman. He learnt the skills of carpentry, carving and creating beautiful traditional wooden products; silk painting, and developed his skills further to become a silversmith. His favourite part about being a silversmith at Rajana is creating bangles and rings. His dream and utmost ambition is to create a vocational skills and handicraft training centre for orphans and the elderly.
"by PeaceMakers, for PeaceLovers: Saught is a social business which creates products from landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) to support sustainability in post-conflict countries."
Brandon's design inspirations stem from a firm belief in the powers of creating and innovation. What is creation, without invention? What is an idea, without inspirations? Design and innovation takes place constantly throughout our lives without fail. Just like Ralph Waldo Emerson has said, : ’ We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities. Follow one’s dreams despite against all odds, as storms make oaks take roots.'
Photo credits to JOYN India, Pebble Child, Kenana Knitters, Kaleidoscope Global, Tielka Tea, tonlé, Samana Living, Saught, Ivy&Co, EarthTribe, Donna Parker, Cécile Ménard, Paúl Castro.