Archive for the ‘arts and crafts’ Category

Helping hands

Helping Hands runs a van that delivers coffee, food and bread to people in Ipswich several days a week. It’s a great service connecting with marginalised people and showing love. In honour of Helping Hands, here’s a few photos and quotes of other hands at work, rest, play and helping others.

A woman making a Batik cloth, Yogyakarta, after an earthquake that devastated the village. It was good to see their crafts were still practiced despite the piles of rubble around them.

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New gallery: Bee keeping

One of my latest hobbies is bee keeping and I spent a weekend recently near Toowoomba learning how to rob a hive. Not only was it a chance to understand these amazing creatures better but also an opportunity to spend time with beekeepers who probably had some 75 years of experience between them.

In between extraction duties I managed to snap a few very quick photos of activities, a rather difficult process with sticky gloved hands. But the result of which is a new gallery on my database – check it out here. I hope to add to this in future when I get my own hives.

Here are some of the images.

Smoking the bees to subdue them.

“The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey….and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.” – Winnie the Pooh

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Fabrics and textiles from around the world

I regularly photograph the crafts of the countries I visit. There are such colourful fabrics and textiles on show that make for great macro photography. Plus I love to visit cottage industries and little shops were crafts are still being practiced. I’ve also written a few articles on these kinds of places or what is available for sale. I just published an article on Travel Wire Asia: “Best artisanal buys  in Malaysia” (part of a publication for Tourism Malaysia). I previously did another one for Travel Wire Asia on arts and crafts in Burma.

In both articles were a series of photographs of some of these products. Please take a look, or scroll down below for some from around the world.

Hand weaving in Mandalay, Burma.

Bagan, Myanmar

Pottery in Bagan, Burma.

Kirtipur, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Weaving in the Kathmandu Valley.

Rumah Bundong longhouse, Kapit, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

Iban handicrafts, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Colourful Gujurati cloth designs, India

A potter at work, Rann of Kutch, Gujurat, India

Batik designs, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


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