Posted on 26th November 2012
I have been brought up to think that if you put your mind to something and want it badly enough almost anything is possible.
Two very dear friends of mine have just proved this point. One is a glass artist based in Murano, the other is a jeweller based in Lausanne, 9 months ago they entered into a joint lease hold of a gallery in the gorgeous town on Montreux and set about renovating it.
I arrived in Montreux the day before the Grand Opening - to find something not far off a building site. My heart said, yes we can get this 'ready' in time (at least to a state that we can open in' but my head said it was mission impossible.
The situation was not through lack of effort - it was down to the sheer scale of the task. However, over course of the next 20hrs with the help of friends and master craftsmen the space transformed into a beautiful gallery. A lighting system was fitted (the most incredible bespoke lighting I've ever seen!), electrics were connected, internet connection went live, the floor was washed, display cases we unpacked, cleaned of building dust, polished and moved into position, the storeroom was de-junked and organised, all renovation debris was cleared, glass and jewellery were carefully unpacked and placed in their new homes and the lights were turned on. The last piece went on display with 15 minutes to spare and the result was simply incredible!! The Janus Gallery officially opened at 17:30 on November 22nd 2012.
I can honestly say it was one of the most rewarding days of work I have ever done. Everyone rolled their sleeves up and took on the challenge of doing any task that needed doing and to the best of their ability.
It was a very inspiring couple of days, the scenery around Montreux is stunningly beautiful, the people we worked with were incredibly talented and the space that was created was equally as incredible both in its detail and its simplicity. But most of all I am inspired by my friends, for taking on such a huge challenge whilst still managing everyday life, creating their vision and making their dream a reality.
I had lots of ideas for a future collections whilst I was in Montreux and since returning home. The one I am going to concentrate on for a while is for a collection of bridal hairpins made in recycled silver and glass. The collection will be called Suu Kyi in honour of one of my heroines Aung San Suu Kyi... watch this web space!