Sustainability Series: Upcycle Old newspapers into a Wall Toran with Warli Art
ONLINE SUSTAINABILITY SERIES: UPCYCLE OLD NEWSPAPER INTO A WALL TORAN WITH WARLI ART
This will be a two hours each for beginners and will be conducted over Zoom - adults or children above 8 years can join. In this workshop we will learn to create a beautiful wall toran using old newspapers and other materials.
About the Artist: Our Team Member Vishakha who is a sustainability enthusiast and a design graduate from NID will be leading this workshop.
At your end please keep the following ready
- Waste newspaper
- Any old fabrics
- Natural flowers and leaves as colours
- Coffee powder, tea leaves etc for staining
- Brushes, stapler or masking tape
- Threads or thin ropes
- Any decorative items like beads, small mirrors etc if have spare or can use from old discarded products
Traditional Indian handicraft manufacturing is not just a creative aesthetic endeavour, but also a social and economic activity. It is an essential part of Indian cultural heritage. Traditional handicraft, being the primary mode of production in the pre-industrial age, has a wealth of knowledge about traditional cultural norms that express the distinct cultural meaning and value of traditional culture. The traditional handicraft sector plays an essential role in both cultural and aesthetic growth as well as economic development. In today’s time, it helps in improving the lives of ethnic communities who continue to practice their hereditary occupation of producing traditional art and craft. With coming in of machinery-based industries, the production of items has doubled and the value has reduced which has resulted in impulsive buying by the consumers. While most might think of this as a development and an inexpensive way out, they remain ignorant to the environmental, social and economical effect it creates. Making of traditional handicrafts is an age-old practice of producing sustainable and environmentally friendly items as they have always drawn inspiration from the environment. They are made using natural materials and are perishable. They can help in reducing carbon footprint.
With the present environmental conditions, there is a need to utilise more renewable and recyclable items. It is well recognised that not all items can be recycled; thus, using products with a high level of recyclability is recommended. Most of the traditional handicraft items are made using terracotta, paper, natural fibre, organic paints and other raw material which is extracted directly from the nature.
MeMeraki recognises these ideals and offers DIY sustainability classes every Friday. Here you may collect items from around you that have reached the end of their utility and are being discarded, and use them to create one-of-a-kind art and décor pieces for your homes, contributing to the awareness and sustainable practise in our everyday lifestyle
• We will be sending a calendar invite and email invite with zoom link to join 2 days before the workshop once we receive payment (please don't select the option for COD).
• The workshops are attended by beginners as well as others who may already be acquainted with art hence, we will keep a pace that everyone is comfortable with.
• We will share a recording of the workshop after the workshop, so even if you miss anything please don't worry as you can still follow again from the recording. The artists mostly speak in Hindi, Memeraki team will be moderating and translating.
• Workshop will be conducted over Zoom. If you don't already use Zoom, please download the zoom app on your phone or laptop (easier to sit on a desk with a laptop or with the phone on a stand so you can see the artist paint and follow at the same time and so that the artist can also see you painting. Please sit in a well-lit place)
• Please test audio and video on zoom. Please stay on mute during the workshop so that everyone can hear the artist, please unmute anytime you wish to ask a question. We may also request you to switch off video at some points as the locations where the artists are sometimes don’t have good bandwidth (we have tested and it works fine usually)
• Please also join our Facebook group to keep in touch with us and other participants https://www.facebook.co/groups/1632293370227782. Class is not transferable to another person - please do not share the zoom class link with others once you have registered and please join with the registered email address.