Thursday, January 5, 2012

Teaching Art in Jordan

The women's society building in Jordan where I teach art has been painted pink! You can't miss it.

We chose to work outside in the garden while we used oil paints. 

Here are the self portraits we painted.

We made out paintings into bags. The women in the project have been sewing for years and can turn a painting into a bag very quickly. For the lining of the bags we used our own naturally dyed cotton. We have been dyeing for years too, experimenting with local sources of colour - usually mud and iron based.

We looked at the work of the painter Mark Rothko for inspiration. Also the work of Helen Frankenthaler who sadly passed away the same week.

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