After 6 months working smack in the middle of India I am back in the States & excited about my new project.
SUPPORTING WOMEN – NON TOXIC – 100% SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE – FABULOUS FABRICS. SEE WHERE YOUR MATERIAL IS MADE AND WHO MAKES THEM
The story: India is caste driven, poverty and toxic manufacturing dominates the making of material and everyday life. I spent 6 months at a University in Madrya Pradesh. Madrya Pradesh is totally awesome culturally – think visually, saris, turbans, draoves of nomadic camel herders, dung houses, cows and more cows, fresh milk and a lot of Puja. But it is also corrupt in all areas of commerce and education.
So I am going to stop wingeing and take action. I decided it was time for me to help women. Importing beautiful metres of fabric for designers and companies that want to make a difference in the world.
In my spare time I spent many weeks visiting some amazing collectives that support the emplyment of women and making of fabric and crafts. Womenweave, Barefoot College and more.
I am an artist and designer, lover of women, culture and life!
I want to connect designers from all over the globe, with existing collectives who produce quality work, want to design and create their own products.
CHECK OUT MY FIRST FABRIC. DESIGNED BY ME – OVER 50 METRES – OR YARDS AVAILABLE NOW.
Note the name of weaver and materials used and amount in left corner.
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They draw with chalk of rough cement floors.
Simply I sit, watch and learn.
& document. The chalk drawings have become a coloring in book for the elderly and children in the other building.
The result: a coloring in book that connects 2 buildings that are completly disconnected, but on the same ashram. The floor drawings are photographed I digitally transfer & thicken the lines. Then I print the book! Very Local very non- digital. A lot of smiles!
Still in Ujjain India – learning Hindi in the local government school – Lekoda village – look it up on a map …..eeek
Still photo bombing.
Still looking at craft and art in hidden spaces – coffee shop on a dirt road
And there still visitng amazing organisations that are developing and sustaining art and culture in a contemporary sense:
The scroll painting and singing storytelling by the patua community from West Bengal
An amazing social practice sustainable fashion space in Mumbai – Obataimu
There is always something to draw on and someone who is wants to play.
Theses women draw with chalk on the floors, Locked up and often locked in their minds.
Imagine holding a crayon with color for the first time in your life and watching the color fill the shapes.
Or there is a the added benefit of photobombing.
My first coloring in book. Locals from Nth Atlantic Ave, Nth Long Beach. They droppped into the 6021 Shop front or I met them on the street. If you want one just send me an email and I’ll send one. Donations welcome!!!!
Never give up that is my motto. It started as a morning walk and wanting to connect when you can’t speak the language. Take a photo – and give them a hard copy.
2 women in the local village – I met them caryying dung out to the road.
I returned and was invited into the house or just grateful for a smile.
Just saying not everyone has a phone and how many get to keep an object as memory.
Then I started photgraphing the process by placing the photo in context.
Is this Art or what am I doing?
Volunteering in India is a bit confrontational. Sewadham Ashram is truley amazing but also extremely confrontational space, place..
It is an NGO – (non government organisation) which means this fantastic man and his family have spent their lives offering a safe place for untouchables, homeless, mentally disturbed, physically disabled and just people who are not wanted. e.g. women who are divorced. Sprinkled amoung these 500 people are a few very ‘normal ‘ children.
Hmmm…… Indians do not like to volunteer because they are always looking after their very central family – not time right – total hogwash! They need volunteers to maintain the Ashram and Indians do not even give money to beggars on the street – not appropriate.
So how relevent can Art be in a space like this? A huge and simple challenge.
Chalk for drawing on the cement – erasable and delightfully non confrontational.
The delight at seeing an older woman just entranced with what she is doing – time out!!
I spent time doing the same with kids in a different space and took coloring in books and crayons for other women who could not get out of bed – Have you ever seen a woman hold a crayon who did not know the pressure would create a smudge of color – astoundingly simple and wonderfully surprising and delightful!
Then it was back to the streets and giving out photographs and delighting in the smiles.
6021 final month was full of great performances and events!
UNPLUGGED 7 – performances on Metro Transit Bus 62 in Nth Long Beach: Many thanks
GRISELDA SEURAZ AND MARCO SCHINDelMANN rocked the audience with poetry and opera on Friday the 8th!
A bit of Guerrilla Art – is still hanging on Broadway Ave near Termino Ave Nth Long Beach – care of a man in a black sweater and his accomplish.
With a Mural in Cambodia Town I bought some color – got to love the synchronicity – it’s on the Metro Transit Hub cnr Cherry and Anaheim, Long Beach. Think about it Cambodia mural on Long Beach transit and Unplugged on Long Beach transit!
I am in India but 3 wonderful artists have taken over the 6021 space Cynthia Lujan
I hope they carry on the good work!!!
Unplugged 5 was amazing.
Sandy Seufert on her fiddle managed to jam with a teen ukulele player on a bus stop.
Young teens rapped to Sandy’s music on the bus. We all laughed and grooved.
Ben from Germany improvised on an out of tune piano.
Local Jake performed attention grabbing poetry with great applause.
Angelica joined the group, shared her story bringing many family members and performed her poetry.
View the video at vimeo: https://vimeo.com/212786273
We even spent a good hour wandering the local Bixby Knolls First Friday – connecting neighborhoods in Long Beach through the Arts
Congratulations to all we took the Arts to the public and activated public spaces, mixing the high and the low, the educated and cultured!
Thank you all!
see you next month!
6021 Shopfront studio.
LETTERS | WORDS | LINES | POEMS | SPOKEN WORD
6021 shop front is “talking back”! with
Words in windows, Words on buses and a Words workshop.
Poet liz gonzalez’s from North Long Beach is the first poet to have her poem was stuck to our window!
They stop, they look & they read – who would have thought that??.
FREE FREEEEEE AND believe it or not FREE – Stories & Craft
Join liz gonzalez and Cynthia Duran on November 20th
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We want poets and the public to join us on December 2nd on the buses. Catch a local bus and listen to Long Beach poets – connecting people | places | and the arts.
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