MADE IN BRITAIN
INSPIRED BY THE EAST
The first seeds of Eastern Promise were planted in 2005 when I visited Japan with my dad and sister. My love of the East then grew further when I toured Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand) in 2008. In Thailand I conducted my research for my dissertation on ‘The evocation of spirituality within Thai Buddhist Temple architecture’ and my fascination with the culture of the East blossomed. In particular the meaning and symbolism which features in so much of Eastern culture really captured my imagination.
In 2009 I was lucky enough to be awarded a place on a 3 week ‘Study India’ course run by the British Council and UKIERI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative). The aim of the course was to forge relationships with students and graduates from the UK with businesses, charities and other initiatives in India. Whilst there I spent a number of days with Yuva Parivartan – a charity which offers a second chance in life to teenagers and young adults who have dropped out of education by training them in vocational subjects and providing them work experience opportunities which, if completed successfully, have the guaranteed offer of work. I always felt this was a charity I should partner with one day.
Here we are many years later and Eastern Promise has grown into a small tree that hopes to grow and grow. All the designs are inspired by the wisdom of the East and the henna patterns you see are inspired by the henna students I spent time with in India. I ensure that every illustration features meaning and symbolism but is always made in Britain – just like me!