Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ingenious patchwork

Val brought in an interesting news clipping this week, that we were delighted to find online as well. We are so lucky to be able to drop into one of several local quilt shops when we need more fabric, or dip into our own or friends' extensive stashes ... Scroll down to about half way through this story to see the mention of the patchwork, and a photo:

Dharavi Biennale puts Slumdog Millionaire slum back in artistic spotlight
Amrit Dhillon Sydney Morning Herald, 27 February 2016
Slums are ugly, crowded places that generate rubbish, not art, let alone art festivals like the Venice Biennale. But Dharavi slum in Mumbai ...  starred in Danny Boyle's 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire. And now it is proudly hosting the "Dharavi Biennale" ... 
... The name is a playful tease ... The aim was to provide an opportunity for creativity ... the Biennale was conceived to give an opportunity for artistic expression to its young residents, a luxury which the struggle to survive does not allow them ...
... The works are well conceived and executed ... A group of women took scraps of waste denim to create a giant patchwork map of the slum. To mark buildings such as toilets and shops, and water pumps, they used buttons, covered bottle tops, and embroidery. To show the railway tracks, they ingeniously used zips ...

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