26Jan/130

Jaipur Literary Festival…Night Music Program!!

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After the "Artist's Eye" session, we had some chai. This was fun because it was served by guys in turbans out of brass containers, and we drank it in a traditional clay glass. Then Devena, a fellow traveller from the British Museum and I went to the across town venue to see the music program. It was two acts. First, Rock Veda, a rock band that had a tabla drum and a sitar and the rest of rock band essentials, more drums/keyboards/guitars and a singer. It was fun. The the Rajasthani traditional group came on with lots of drums which were played by two guys simultaneously and did not miss a beat even though they were playing as fast as they could. And sitars and a mouth organ and some dancers with fire pots on their heads. We had a great time.DSCN2114

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26Jan/130

Jaipur Literary Festival Strikes Again!! Hooray for Andrew Solomon and William Kentridge!!

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We went to the Jaipur Literary Festival again and stayed for almost all day. I took a break and went to the block maker's to get the final blocks he had made for me. Here are some pictures of the people I saw and thought were great. First, Andrew Solomon who wrote "Far From The Tree". (I think his picture is last...he's with a lady at a coffee table) I had read this book review previously and wanted to see him. He was spectacular. He had studied parents of children who are extraordinary (handicapped, autistic, blind, geniuses etc) who are joined in horizontal communities because they are unlike their parents so not vertical. He was one of the most learned, generous humans I have ever heard. And full of insight. So, yes, I bought his 700 page book (that doesn't count the 200 pages of annotations/bibliography) and had him sign it. I figure I should read something great while I've got the time here. His hopeful conclusions is that all these parents were so broadened that they would not trade the experience of having an unlikely child for anything. He was very eloquent about their "shimmering humanity" So I really recommend that those of you who don't have to worry about the weight, get this book. Then later in the afternoon I went to one called "The Artist's Eye" with William Kentridge (one of my all time hero painters), Glenn Lowry ( who's now head of MOMA, and someone else I didn't know. Kentridge was so incredibly eloquent and thoughtful. He talked about how he continually likes to be in a zone of discomfort to face the things that are worth painting and that it is bad to focus on what other people think about your work or what you should paint. And he talked about what I notice continually which is that you work and work and then when you step back sometimes it doesn't pop and you see something that doesn't work but then after going to it for a while, it will suddenly get its focus and work. The strangest thing is that he looks exactly like Ubi, the hero/villain of his paintings. I knew he used himself, but it was weird to see him animated since Ubi isn't usually. .DSCN2100

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26Jan/130

More Fashion Fusion…Made the Rest of The Outfit

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So there's no stopping Fashion Fusion...We moed on to make the rest of the outfit. This was a huge challenge as I had the same four blocks to use and a much longer space on the end than the images were long.  So I improvised a two layer border.  Learned a lot making this.  There needs to be some regularity on something this big  It will all get stitched up and we'll see what the whole thing looks like.  What do you think? Does it work?  Stay tuned for the total look.  Also here is the Master with the  second trial piece.  Beautiful!!

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26Jan/130

Trip Downtown Vashali Nagar, our neighborhood.

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That night we walked "downtown" to the Vashali circle, the local shopping area.  And on the way, we  saw part of a wedding season (it's the season, as I said). I'm sorry this first picture is so bad, but it is of a horse all decked out with bejeweled trappings. And the next picture is part of the procession.  As I've said before, Indians really have great joy at getting dressed up and letting their lights shine.  This is just part of the procession, but it was on it's way to get put together.  Devena says that when the processions come by in the street, everyone just makes way...no honking etc.  Then we went to a cashew/spices specialty store.  Here are some of the spices and nuts that they had.  It was amazing.DSCN2055 DSCN2057 DSCN2058 DSCN2059 DSCN2060

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26Jan/130

Jaipur Literary Fair…& the Dalai Lama!!

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It's been a while since I had a chance to write.  On Thursday we went to the Literary Festival to see the Dalai Lama and a few other writers.  The Dalai Lama was amazing...he can project the most positive energy of youth and inquisitive joy.  He talked about his ten year long discourse with many sci entists and how he has found in their theories/proofs the same things that early Buddhist texts have said about the world.  About impermanence of things and how they shift back and forth between energy and matter, etc.  One of the most interesting things he said was that he was taught at about ten through doing debating.  He said it was great training because he had to learn to think logically, marshall data after doing research and to learn to present his arguments in coherent form and to resist the other pont of  view.  Well, I guess that training has  paid off.  I thought what a great way this is to train a young mind, rather than stuffing it with facts.  He didn't talk about what were the topics he debated.  That would have been interesting.

The Literary Fair is in a palace/hotel in the middle of Jaipur.  There are venues spread all over the grounds in different buildings and in big tents they've erected on the different lawn areas.  A lot of people in a relatively small space but people were having a great time shuttling between the different venues to hear the speakers they wanted.DSCN2076 DSCN2077 DSCN2078

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23Jan/130

Fractured…New Piece Begun

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Fractured 5This is one of the two pieces that I made a start on today. Each has more work to go and this is the initial set-up. This is on Dupioni silk that is a kind of wheat color. If I were using acrylic paint, it would be easy to choose colors and just paint away. However, using fabric dye means that I have to learn which color will read as its true color and which ones will be so absorbed into the silk that it changes its color. The resulting color which you see is a fairly bright turquoise. But it has become a greenish grey as you can see. But it's exactly what I wanted to have for a background color so that these will look further away in the background. On to tomorrow to see where this goes. Fractured 5

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23Jan/130

Fashion Fusion….The Border Is Beautiful!! Updated with missing photos

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DSCN2034 DSCN2035Today the border of the second fashion fushion was completed. I didn't get to take a picture of when finished and while it was on the table but took a picture before it was finished and as it was being held up by one of Jaykirti's friends. So you can see how lovely it is.DSCN2030

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23Jan/132

Beautiful exquisite work by the Masters @ Jaykirti’s

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DSCN2032 DSCN2033A normal day for me is up at 7:45; take shower; eat breakfast; then do some email/blogging and then at 9:45 walk the fifteen minute walk to Jaykirti's workshop.  I take a bag and wear work gloves and pick up treasures on my walk.  There are many treasures because there's a lot of construction in this section.  Lots of stone being cut and other treasures. And usually a cow or two and a number of dogs on their corners.

When I got there today, loaded with treasures, the workshop was in full swing making beautiful things.  I took a picture so you could see what it's like there. Also, there is a man who does very fine embroidery work and I've included him at his "table" and some of his work.
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23Jan/134

Block Maker Made An Arm

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I went back to the block maker, Raju Rathor, to get the next block.  Another guest from the British Museum went along to get a block made of a logo and to see the shop.

So The Arm was ready.  Here it is with some of the  block maker's shop and the block.Block Maker 1 Block Maker 2 DSCN2014 DSCN2015 Block Maker 4 Block Maker 5

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22Jan/130

First Fashion Fusion Completed!!!Hooooraaay! Second Begun.

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And I'm also including the second garment...this time I did the body of the garment and sleeve and she is going to do the border. This is thrilling work for me because I love doing designs on garments that people wear, which is why so many of you have my t-shirts. The second garment took a great deal of time to do because I was having to be so careful not to get extraneous marks on the fabric like dye drops or my fingerprints from holding the objects. So Jaykirti volunteered to have one of her Master Printers do the painting of the object and help me know how much dye to put on it to create the impressions that I wanted when I repeated them. He really got into it and then I let him do some of the repetitive designs. When I got finished with the first side (the back) and the first sleeve, I asked Jaykirti is he could do the replication on the front side and the other sleeve. These guys are masters at knowing how to line things up and how much paint to apply so he went to it while I got to work on my "Two Ways Out" piece. So here are the two first outings and the Master applying paint and then putting one of them on the garment.