Friday, 2 March 2018
As a former arts manager I have always got a buzz with helping my creative friends, especially if I can do so by introducing them to each other. So when my friend Kristina, who runs my favourite hotel in Prague, was asking me about identifying Czech crafts to sell to her customers, I immediately suggested the work of my neighbour.
I have talked before about Jitka, and the easter eggs she paints and the puppets she carves. Both the eggs and the smaller puppets would make excellent gifts for Kristina to sell. Having organised tours to the Czech Republic I am very much aware of how little space there is in some guests' luggage, especially the luggage of those of us who travel on budget airlines. Stuffing a bulging bag full of treasures into an overhead locker can be alarming. Small non-breakable souvenirs are what is needed. Jitka has come up with solution - hand-carved bottle stoppers. They are just wonderful - you will find more examples here on Jitka's website. I gave a load to my family and friends one last Christmas and they went down a storm.