I just got back from another visit to Jordan where I teach art in the Ghor es Safi to women from farming families. It is always a bit of a crazy time - introducing artistic concepts like value, hue, texture and expressive brushwork to women with no previous exposure to art. It doesn't help that my fifty words of Arabic can't convey ideas very well. Just when I start to feel that I am barking up the wrong tree, or just barking mad, we produce amazing things like these market bags. It helps that several of the women in my group have very good sewing skills.
We love mixing colours and the results are joyful. Even the side panels on these bags are pretty.
The bags will be marketed to hotel gift shops in Jordan and also at the weekly craft fair in Amman. If you are on Rainbow street in May and June come and look for Nofeh and her craft stall.
I like this photo because it shows the community aspect of art making in our workshops. Two women work on the same painting. As with the rest of their lives in their small farming town, community comes first. And it is important that the women can bring their children to the classes. Otherwise, as is the case in the rest of the world, they might not be able to come at all.