Baroda, Gujarat- The Chakali Project

The Gujarati word for sparrow is chakali. This is a linoleum block print of a chakali:
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I made 100 of these prints while I was an Artist-in-Residence at Chhaap Foundation for Printmaking Trust.
I dyed them in turmeric,
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then had them stuffed and sewn up.vrijeshchakali
Meanwhile, through an introduction by the organization Koshish Milap, I was conducting art workshops at a nearby school.collageclass
This extraordinary little one-room school was also a clinic in the evening.
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The mission of Koshish Milap, headed by Drs. Kishor and Varsha Mistry, is to educate and provide healthcare to the ’slum’ community of Muj Mahuda.
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There are over 750 families in Muj Mahuda that use these medical and educational services.
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The children loved making collages.
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The word spread about their talent and enthusiasm, and the Times of India wrote an article about their good work!
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I thought we could collaborate on the subject of chakalis…
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They made some excellent collage birds,
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I mean, really excellent…
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and loaned them to me for an exhibit at Chhaap.
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In exchange, all 50 students received one Chakali.
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You can have one, too!

photo credits: Shannon Holman

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