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Hi I'm Anindita!
Creator and Owner of Bali Earth Soul Jewelry
I started making jewelry in early 2014, inspired by a book that I read about wire wrapping. At first I only planned to make jewelry for myself. Looking at the wire wrapping jewelry in that book makes me want to try and make them myself. It was pretty tough in the beginning . It was so challenging especially to find the material and tools that I needed, not to mention I didn’t have a lot of money to start it. After 2 years of trial and error, I started to sell my jewelry in a shop as a consignment product. It felt so slow and it took a few weeks before I made my first sale.
Back then, it was so nice to have some money to pay for my school intuition and some coffee. Life seems so much simpler, going to school, getting back home, making jewelry then selling some of my creations. At this point I still see making jewelry as just a hobby and nothing more than just a side income. Until something happen and change my perspective on how I feel about making jewelry,
Early 2018 was my hardest time in my life (so far), I was in an abusive relationship with my ex partner, mentally and physically broke. Just like an early 20th year old girl, I blindly fell in love with someone that is not a good person, and paid a hefty price. I didn't know much about law in regulation in my own country and was so reckless too. My partner was so manipulatif and slowly isolated me from my friends and family. I didn't know he was doing all the shabby work and he didn't have a legal paper to live and work.
Once I discovered he wasn't a legit person, he started to physically abuse me and keep manipulating me to stay with him. With no friends and family knowing about what was happening to me, it was so hard to get out of his control.
Few times I came back home to my parents house with some bruises on my face and body, but I was too scared and ashamed to tell them. That abuse lasted for months until I finally asked myself, “Ani, do you want to be like this forever? Do you want to keep staying with someone that might put you to your end when he is in a bad mood?”. Right at that point, I packed my stuff and went back to my parents and told them everything that i've been through. Took me a year to escape and survive from a life threatening environment. After surviving, a new page in my life opened.
Since then, making jewelry has become more like a way for me to meditate and make peace with myself. Something that I can focus my energy and passion on, turn it into something that can hold a meaning. I started to explore more, expand creativity and try something new. Wire wrapping jewelry is my basics. Now I enjoy making mala necklace and designing rings and necklaces with semi-precious gemstones and silver.
When I sell a piece of jewelry, I feel so happy to see the joy in my customer's face every time they wear the pieces. Especially when a customer shares some story and love of the jewelry. It makes me remember how important it is to make a connection with people and share our journey in life
What makes me more happy on my journey as an artisan is to share my creativity and happiness of making jewelry. Beside my crafty time I spent on making jewelry, I also do part time on teaching kids and adults how to make their own jewelry.
Before realizing it, making jewelry became my whole life, not only it helped me overcome my trauma but also helped me to support my little family and my extended family.
- Satriyani Anindita