Sustainability Series: Upcycle Old newspapers into a Wall Toran with Warli Art


Beginner Friendly Use your own waste materials

ONLINE SUSTAINABILITY SERIES: UPCYCLE OLD NEWSPAPER INTO A WALL TORAN WITH WARLI ART

 

FREE WORKSHOP

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.

Art Form

Warli

 

"THE GRAPHIC VILLAGE
Painted tales of the Warli tribe

As the bamboo brush dipped in white rice paste paint touches the wall, the form of a square takes shape. Palghat- The Mother Goddess symbolising fertility- rests within the square devchauk adorned as a temple in the middle of the painted village. Around the Chauk the people of the village start gathering to carry out their daily activities- women taking care of children, cleaning their homes, and churning butter, the men toil away in the fields, hunt, and spread nets to catch fish, and the children and animals play in the fields. Each figure of triangles and circles dance to the rhythm of everyday life, joining hands together to come into a spiral dance celebrating life!

The Warli painting is a ritualistic art of the Warli tribe of northern Maharashtra, India. Made for special occassions of weddings and harvest, the artform is said to date nearly 2500 years back. The traditional wall paintings depict no mythological themes, but scenes of everyday life. The circle and triangle come from the tribe’s observation of nature, the circle representing the sun and the moon, the triangle derived from mountains and pointed trees. Only the square seems to obey a different logic and seems to be a human invention, indicating a sacred enclosure or a piece of land.

Today, while the artform has become widely popular on cloth and paper, they look best on the walls or in the form of huge murals that bring out the vast and magical world of the Warlis. For the Warlis, tradition is still adhered to but at the same time new ideas have been allowed to seep in which helps them depict their understanding of the ever-changing world around them."

You can get to know more warli art here. 



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Masterclasses are complete pre-recorded courses of 7-8 parts that have been researched and recorded by us at the Master artists homes. LIVE workshops happen in real time over zoom along with the Master Artist and a small group. Live workshops have different levels. We only have a few Masterclasses right now - Lippan art from Kutch and Pichwai art from Nathdwara, Rajasthan and are producing and adding more every month. While we cover more than 60 heritage art and craft forms in our live workshops already.

You could attend a beginner friendly live workshop (or even a masterclass if its Lippan or Pichwai you are interested in) and then join the foundations or advanced LIVE workshops. The different levels for the LIVE workshops are- Beginner, Foundations and Advancedyour store.

Materials are not included in the masterclasses but you can order from our list of authentic art kits and materials in addition to the masterclass. For the live workshops, materials are included in some of the live workshops as part of the workshop and it would be mentioned in the workshop description.

Beginner Friendly- These are usually 1-2 classes of 2 hours each and one of the simpler artworks and motifs of that art style are covered in the beginner friendly workshops as an introduction to that art form.
Foundations- In the foundations live workshops, the workshops are structured to teach you the basic motifs and foundations of that art style , the focus is not on completing a painting but the elements taught in each class are incorporated in a painting and a few different compositions are also taught
Advanced- in the Advanced live workshop, usually the focus is on completing a more elaborate and intricate painting - no basic motifs are covered in the advanced workshops.
Masterclass-A masterclass is structured as 7-8 pre-recorded classes covering introduction of the artform, introduction of the artist, introduction of the different traditional materials used in that art and then 3 artworks are usually taught ranging from beginner to intermediate.

Yes, going forward, our platform will automatically award you a certificate on behalf of MeMeraki for completing a workshop with us and being a patron of the arts. This will be accessible via the ‘My Workshops’ section under each workshop that you have attended after Nov 2021.

Yes, we have many patrons attending our workshops from across the world. We ship the art kits internationally for the workshops where materials are included. International shipping charges are INR2000. Even if you are ordering an art kit separately in addition to a MASTERCLASS, we can ship internationally.

Yes, you will be able to access the recording of all the workshops you have attended through the ‘My Workshops’ section to be able to practice at your own pace later.

The previous workshops recordings will still be available to you via google drive as earlier. But going forward for all new workshops post Nov 2021, the workshops will be accessible through our website and platform only.

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