In 2008 Jeweller Hélène Thomas spent time in China learning traditional craft skills from a local Master. But as she would later learn, some skills are just pathways for a deeper understanding of life.
Hélène is sitting by the banks of a slow-flowing tributary of the Yangtze river in China, looking west toward the fading light of a late spring day, and enjoying one of those regional dishes that is probably too hot for a European palate. She is sat in a triangle with Master Li and another fellow student for company. Not many words are said, but there’s a shared admiration for the moment that doesn’t need to be voiced. Sometimes you don’t need a common language to learn a new skill or make a new friendship, you just need to experience it.