If someone told me three years ago that by now, I’d be designing and making jewellery from bomb material and travelling to Laos to deliver my donations from the sale of these creations, I would have called them bonkers!
I had been searching for more purpose in life since the age of 40. After ten years, I finally found it. Firstly it took the form of Scared by Design and then grew to include LOVEBomb Jewellery. My desire to help others create sacred spaces led me to the conclusion that the items used must not only be beautiful, but also socially responsible and friendly to the environment and our health. A meditation candle made from toxic, unethically produced ingredients, or journals made by underpaid children, are at odds with the intentions we have when buying them.
When I was given a piece of jewellery made from one of the bombs dropped in Laos, I felt an instant connection with the region and the issues its people face. Until LOVEBomb found me through this piece, I was unaware of what is known as the “Secret War” which was a result of the Vietnam War. The devastation from this conflict continues to the present day.
I tracked down the NGO who produced the jewellery I was given, and now I work with the local artisans of Xieng Khuang Province, who make my designs from aluminum recycled after bombs are safely dismantled. Three years on, we have helped artisans with income opportunities; delivered school and sporting supplies to children of the province; built handwashing stations and a mud brick library. Currently, we are sponsoring the building of a new kindergarten and primary school in a very remote area of Laos that has seen virtually no NGO activity.
Visiting Laos and seeing first-hand the positive impact that LOVEBomb has made is both overwhelming and humbling. A true realisation and understanding of the life these people lead. So far removed from what we take for granted in our daily life.
I will never forget the experience of meeting these wonderful people. An experience that inspires and motivates me constantly to continue this work with them.
It’s a win-win: I am now living with genuine passion for what I do, and satisfaction from being able to make a meaningful difference in the world. In other words, I am living my truth.