June 15, 2011
Vimal, Reena and the GMR volunteer Deepak from the GMR project arrived in MESH Design Studio today for their first screen printing lesson and they have already printed something! They are learning about stencil and enamel printing before settling into the really serious business of photographic screen printing.
Both Vimal and Reena have orthopedic disabilities and they are from low income backgrounds. We hope very much that they will learn the skill, enjoy the work and set up their own printing unit in the resettlement community where they now live having been moved from a temporary slum when the new airport was built. Hopefully they can earn their living from this activity by taking local orders and selling through MESH.
Watch the progress.
Sonam from Leh is also working on some new products with Ashok using tailor’s waste. Sonam is hearing impaired, following an injury from falling off the roof of her home when she was about six years old. She works with two other women in the Secmol office of PAGIR in Leh in the Himalayas…and this is their usual view from the workshop window!
June 14, 2011
Sonu is going back toVaranasi today and then onto Bihar for some time with his family. It has been a delight having him here with us. During his stay he received his tenth class exams results; he was disappointed with his science mark but for drawing he scored 96%! We celebrated with chocolate cake!
He leaves behind some lovely art work which we shall use for screen printing. Rickshaws as you have never seen them before, trucks and The Charminar will be appearing in our ranges in the months ahead.
The screen printing set-up is ready. Two of the GMR trainees cried off at the last minute so we are a little held up with that but I am expecting some very nice products in the coming months judging by the sketches and drawings prepared by our in-house designer, Syamala, and, intern Jaspreet.
Akanksha and Tushar, the design interns from NIFT are bringing together an eclectic range of home furnishings for the festival season that will be embroidered by the women from Champa. Thinks animal prints, lovely textures and wonderful jewel-coloured kosa silk.
Today Sonum and Kunzang have arrived from PAGIR in Leh. Sonam will be working with Ashok on additional products using tailors waste and Kunzang has come to learn about costing and pricing, managing quality control and other aspects of the business side of PAGIR’s production unit.
June 6, 2011
Sonu, the young would-be artist from Kiran Varanasi joined Ashok and I in a grand inspirational tour in hot, hot Delhi on Saturday. Driven by Sushil (in the picture above watching Sonu) we started off in the very early morning in Humayan’s Tomb. Sonu sat quietly sketching the Affiser Tomb in the lovely gardens whilst I watched the birds and enjoyed the many varieties of trees.
Meanhwile Ashok, our design intern from Bethany, practiced using the macro lens on the camera…a first time for him.
Then we moved on to AkshadamTemple, a new temple in Delhi that is an absolute marvel of stone carving. We were not permitted to take pictures but I am certain that Sonu would have been inspired by the beauty of the place and the quality of the work. Ashok and I were certainly taken by a beautiful carved image of a young woman asleep under a light sheet dreaming of elephants, all carved in stone.
Then we finished our tour in the welcome cool of The Museum of Modern Art which was three floors of inspiration. Sonu was particularly taken by a few pictures and whilst again we could not photograph anything there was a sense that he had the ideas in his head ready to try out.
It was a lovely time and for me a great pleasure to accompany two very enthusiastic young people.
Today Sonu is sketching/painting again and I am hopeful that he will let us use his images for screen printing onto some cotton bags for sale in our Delhi shop.
June 3, 2011
Akanksha and Tushar, two interns from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bhopal are bringing together ranges for the embroiderers in Champa (see an interview with one of the Champa ladies on page 7 of MESH Newspaper) http://www.mesh.org.in/articles_181919.html. Expect new things from MESH including clothing in lovely beautiful Little Flower silks.
Sonu is in his final year at school with a desire to do fine arts after school. He has come to us from Kiran Centre inVaranasi (www.kiranvillage.org) for two weeks exposure to Delhi and life in a design studio. He usually lives with his friends in Kiran and is still struggling to find his level all alone here inDelhi. It doesn’t seem to be negatively affecting his art work though. We are off at the crack of dawn on Saturday to Humayan’s tomb for a bit of sketching before it gets too hot. Maybe we shall get something that we can screen print onto bags…a great souvenir of Delhi.
Syamala is working with Jaspreet, another intern, on the preparation for a screen printing workshop for a group of young men with disabilities from a project run by GMR (the company that runs most of India’s airports). We are hoping this will be the beginning of a very good relationship and lots of screen printing experimenting.
Watch this space for more. It is so good to see the place buzzing.