ZJ: What has brought you all the way from living in America to creating a home base in Bali, the dream of so many people around the world?
SS: Years ago, I started traveling, at that time I just knew I wanted to live in another country. I fell in love with Asia in 1999 and have travelled to Asia nearly every year since.. While traveling two years ago, I came to Bali for the first time. And I didn’t want to leave, so I stayed. It has been completely magical for me. Now working the artisans here, creating and making jewelry in line with their traditional methods.
ZJ: Where do you find your strength in daily life?
SS: Sigh… There are many sources of strength for me. Two come to mind. One is if we have the ‘opportunity and the motivation’ to do something, I feel it is our duty to do it.. This idea gets me through a lot.. The other is faith and persistence. As a self-employed artist I find I need a lot of faith and persistence to get through all the challenges life presents. It keeps me going..
ZJ: Can you share with us more about what it means for you to follow your truth?
SS: Great question. My truth is following what feels right, going with my gut (in most situations), not compromising my needs for others wants, and going with the flow.. Not resisting where it is all taking me. I do this with goals in mind as I am also a business woman trying to keep it all going, but I like to do it in a way that really works with the way that I am in the world. Not putting too many coals in the fire, enjoy as much as possible, all mixed in with good old fashioned hard work.
ZJ: Where did the idea for Karazi Design originate from?
SS: Karazi Design started in Madison, Wi in 2001. My sister and I beaded jewelry and sold it every Saturday at the farmers market there. Karazi means bead in Arabic as our father is Palestinian and we wanted to somehow incorporate our roots into what we were doing. Later I moved to Seattle and kept the business alive, my sister decided to not continue. There have been many incarnations over the years, but this Bali moment is feeling pretty good.
ZJ: What is the bigger picture, your vision for Karazi Design, if any?
SS: Karazi Design’s mission is to tie together modern design with ancient artistic traditions. We started with this idea many years ago and continue to do it.. I travel the world and work on a line of jewelry with the artisans wherever I go. Which has included, India, Egypt, Turkey and Bali. I want to continue this. Bridging the gap between ancient and modern, the East and the West while providing for myself and supporting the small guys along the way..
ZJ: Are there any announcements or promotional events you would like to share, that we would love to know about regarding Karazi Design!?
SS: We have a magazine feature coming up in YOKE magazines next issue and we recently collaborated on a photoshoot with Ludcidious Originals. It is all very exciting!!
Samia & Zahara - Mysore, India, 2012
photo creds in order: 1. Ole Ukena 2/3. Carly Brown 4. Yogi family in Mysore