Sunday, February 7, 2010

People Tree comes to Goa

Do you want to paint that masterpiece you have been thinking of? Or would you rather learn how to create 3-dimensional magic out of flat squares of paper? Perhaps you would like to see how a loom works and discover the story of textiles?

The good news is that you can do all of these things this week. A series of interactive sessions and craft workshops will be organised by the well-known Delhi-based design studio People Tree, at the Mini Open Air Auditorium, Kala Academy. They are part of an exhibition-cum-sale of People Tree’s products. From February 10 to 13, it is from 4 pm-8 pm. February 14, the last day, is a full day affair, starting at 10 am. T-shirt painting sessions will be organised on two days – paint your T-shirt, paying only for the raw cost of the T-shirt, and take home your masterpiece!

All workshops are free, and there are no entry restrictions or registration requirements.

The sessions planned are:

• February 10 (4 – 8 pm): Chandra (Alessandra) will work on her loom and narrate the story of textiles – how it comes to the weaver, how it is woven, what happens to it before you can wear it. Chandra is a hand weaver and textile designer, inspired by the Gandhian principle of Sarvodaya (welfare for all). She is active in the promotion of khadi and malkha textiles.

• February 11 (5:30 – 6:30 pm): Bookworm will have a reading-cum-visualisation session for children. As a story is read out, children can draw and paint their own interpretation of the story.

(4 – 8 pm): ‘Paint your T-shirt’ session.

• February 12 (6.30 – 7.30 pm): Rahul Alvares will cover identification of venomous snakes, first aid (in case of snake bite), how to handle a snake in emergencies, how to reduce the chances of getting bitten by snakes, snake myths and superstitions.

• February 13 (6.30 – 7.30 pm): Clinton Vaz will talk about waste management issues that affect us, and demonstrate how you can recycle many common household wastes.

• February 14 (10 am – 2 pm): Goa Center for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) will talk about pinhole cameras – how to make them at home, what materials to use, and how to take photographs with them. In addition, a Camera Obscura – which can hold two people – will also be set up. It will capture the surrounding scenery and produce a reasonably large inverted image on a screen inside the camera. People can then sketch the image on paper. This is a demonstration of techniques used by some of the Renaissance Old Masters, including Rembrandt and da Vinci, to achieve lifelike realism in their paintings.

(5 – 7 pm): Kanwarjit Nagy and Yashodara Kundaji will hold an origami session, teaching you how to create beautiful shapes out of flat paper.

(4 – 8 pm): ‘Paint your T’ session.

People Tree started life in 1991 as a design studio-cum-shop in Delhi. It is committed to the promotion of hand skills, self-expression and quality workmanship. This small enterprise has now became a meeting ground for art and ideas, leading to an exciting fusion of modern and traditional ideas and skills from all over the Indian subcontinent. It combines a sense of social purpose and ecological responsibility with the spirit of collective creativity.

For more information, check out and; or contact: Anjali Sen Gupta at 9860089733,


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