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The Due East Collection
A special hello to the readers of Monica Bhide's beautiful new novel, Karma and the Art of Butter Chicken! Two pieces of this collection -- the Lotus Bracelet and the Vajra Bracelet were designed to complement her book.
The Due East collection is art jewelry that reflects my appreciation of Eastern philosophy. Although it's not "official" Buddhist or Asian jewelry, each unique necklace or bracelet is inspired by, and meant to honor, an aspect of Eastern beliefs or a craft technique. Wherever possible I've used natural stones, metals and fibers to create unique, handcrafted jewelry.
Growing up in the 1980s, Eastern philosophy was a part of my New York City public school education -- although it's safe to say a lot flew over my head. For instance, I was assigned Herman Hesse's Siddhartha in the seventh grade, and was puzzled by how the story began in a palace, instead of ending in one. While I took yoga as a daily gym option in eleventh grade, I most relished the days devoted to savasana, which we all called "sleep."
I got more informed as I grew older, reading and being influenced by Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Sylvia Boorstein among others. While my approach is still more armchair than adherent, I have been amazed at how often the wisdom and practices have been a source of strength and comfort to me.
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