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    Stories of Hope - Odisha

    Teaching craft-based life skills to people around the world that make a difference in their lives.

    Textile Residency in India: A Time to Learn and Share

    I have the honor of participating in a 2 month Textile Residency in Odisha India! I need your help to get there!

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    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    Reflection on IndigoSutra

    I have been home for a couple of weeks now.
    IndigoSutra was an amazing experience - I honestly don't think anything like this event has happened before. 
    The concentration was on all things indigo.

    The attendees ranged from the curious to practitioners, scholars to scientists, farmers to designers. People came from many places - the USA, Canada, Africa, South Korea, Jordan, Thailand, across India - to name a few.

    I was so humbled and honored to be able to volunteer and teach two indigo workshops in the "home" of indigo! Each workshop had 25 participants all eager to learn about the magic of indigo - one participant called it "Blue Joy"!

    Thank you for helping me to travel to Calcutta to celebrate "Blue Joy"!

    Linda

    Arrived in Kolkata!

    After 32 hours of travel, I arrived safely in India. It feels amazing to be back in India - I almost have to pinch myself! Spent my first day in Kolkata taking it easy, napping, eating delicious food and visiting a couple of shops - FabIndia and Byloom.

    Today I did a walkabout to the Victoria Memorial and the Indian Museum.

    Tomorrow I plan on doing more sightseeing. The weather has been very good, blue skies and sunshine - hot but not unbearable.

    IndigoSutra is just hours away now. There will be much to do, see, learn, people to meet, old friends to greet, new friends to make. I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach to workshops to teach people to teach others! Thank you Jenny Balfour Paul for the brilliant suggestion!



    Traveling to India in Search of Indigo

    The banner just arrived for my workshops at IndigoSutra

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    Teaching in Kolkata

    I have the honor of teaching 2 work shops at Indigo Sutra on Nov 11th & Nov 12th!

    Many thanks to Jenny Balfour Paul for facilitating this, Team Sutra for adding me at the last minute and Namrata Manot of Biome for hosting the November 11th workshop at her studio in Kolkata!

    On November 11th there will be A WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS by Linda La Belle
    Hosted by Namrata Manot of Biome in collaboration with
    Sutra Textile Studies

    This first workshop will focus teaching the teachers how to make Michel Garcia's 1-2-3 Indigo Vat. Then they will  do easy and fun resist techniques on fabric. After this workshop the teachers will be able to take what they have learned into the classroom!

    The second workshop will be open to the conference delegates from India and abroad. The focus will be how to run a workshop from a classroom for children and also workshops for adults interested in learning more about Indigo dyeing from your studio. It will be hands on with everyone leaving with an Indigo dyed piece of fabric.

    Many, many Thanks to all of you for supporting this journey!

    Good News!

    Over the past few weeks I have reached out to each of you personally and I thank you for your response. It was heartbreaking to have to withdraw from the Textile Residency. But so very heartwarming that you allowed me to use your donations to instead travel to India for Indigo Sutra
    It is going to be an amazing experience being immersed in all things indigo.
    The conference will take place in Kolkata in early November. Even though I registered late, I was still able to sign up for 6 workshops and a 3-day textile tour, in addition to 2-days of presentations about indigo . I am looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
    Thank you all so very much for helping to make his happen!
    Linda

    Textiles Are A Universal Language! Textiles Cross Barriers! Textiles Keep Tradition Alive!

    This fall I have an opportunity to return to India, where I will be participating in a 2 month residency - D.I.S.C. the Art Textile Program “LINK. The never ending thread”.  The trip will take place October and November of 2017 in the state of Odisha. The participants will include both international and Indian textile artists.

    In the state of Odisha thousands of weavers inhabit remote villages living with age old traditions, creating beautiful textiles in cotton and silk. Each region has a distinct style, most well known are the ikat fabrics produced for saris, bed covers and table linens. 



    During this textile program we will travel together to rural villages meeting the master artisans who produce the backbone of traditional Odian art – textiles. This journey is about art, people, how art connects us, it is about experiencing the joy of simple living and about stepping out of our comfort zone. It is about expressing ideas through textile techniques, materials and concepts. It is all about sharing and collaboration!



    "During the introductory journey to the traditional Odian textile artists will visit five places known for the traditional textile. Artists will stay three – four days at each place to gain more knowledge and understanding about the particular form of textile, and meet the masters. Also artists will see the life cycle of textile. Not only this, they may enjoy the simple way of living in rural Odisha, to enjoy the life style of the textile masters and share some time together. After 25 days of textile journey artists will move to the base camp of the residency where they will work on their concepts for five days. When the concepts will be ready and finalized artists could start working on the particular bodies of art work. At the very end of the program the exhibition of the creative collaboration will be organized at Bhubaneswar. " (D.I.S.C. The Art)

    I have also been invited return to the Aranya Natural Dye Unit in Munnar Kerala (Southern India) once again. Here I will have not only the opportunity to say hello and see how everyone is doing  - to hear their laughter and give them big hugs, but also to share with them new ideas, concepts and techniques!


    To return to India to share and learn has long been a dream of mine and you can help to make it happen.

    I am looking to raise $7000.00 to cover the residency expenses and airfare.  A portion of the money will cover my visa, travel insurance, travel doctor and a supply of Malaria medicine. The money will also cover my expenses for my extra week in Munnar where I will be volunteering at Aranya.

    I have produced three photo books celebrating the people I have worked with (Stories of Hope - Mexico, India & Rwanda, Stories of Hope - Oaxaca, Weavers of Southern Mexico and the third, Stories of Hope - India) . As part of my residency I will produce a fourth book documenting the amazing people I will be meeting and working with.

    This book celebrating creative positivity will be one of the perks!

    Over the past several years I have been able to travel and teach in so many parts of the world, India, Rwanda, Mexico, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, in Italy - with middle-schoolers on a US Military base whose parents were stationed in Afghanistan and with NYC 6th graders through the Silk Road Connect Project. I look forward to continuing this tradition of sharing, learning and teaching.  Many of these projects happened because of generous people like you!

    If you cannot make a contribution but you really want to help, you can share this project on Facebook and Twitter! You can also tell your friends and family how they can be part of this rewarding experience by inviting them to visit the project on  www.madderlane.com 

    Thank you very much!

    Together we can make a difference!

    Stories of Hope is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Stories of Hope must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

    Rewards

    Featured

    Donate $500.00 or more

    Amount over $65.00 is tax-deductible.

    11x14 photo printed on glass

    Your choice of one of six images from my journey printed in vivid color directly on glass- size 10.8x14.4 Includes a heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in Odisha

    Donate $10.00 or more

    Amount over $2.00 is tax-deductible.

    Handwritten Thank You Note

    A heart-felt, handwritten thank you note.

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount over $6.00 is tax-deductible.

    Thank You Note with 4x6 image

    A heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in Odisha

    Donate $35.00 or more

    Amount over $8.00 is tax-deductible.

    Thank You Note with 5x7 image

    You will receive a heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 5”X7” image from the my time in Odisha.

    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount over $10.00 is tax-deductible.

    Thank You Note with 8X10 image

    A heart-felt, handwritten thank you note and an 8”X10” image from my time in Odisha

    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount over $10.00 is tax-deductible.

    Small gift selected for you

    A small handcrafted gift from Odisha selected especially for you and a heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in Odisha

    Donate $75.00 or more

    Amount over $11.00 is tax-deductible.

    12x16 poster

    You will receive a 12x16 full color poster - your choice of one of 6 images. Includes a heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in Odisha

    Donate $75.00 or more

    Amount over $5.00 is tax-deductible.

    Stories of Hope - Odisha - available as an e-book

    Stories of Hope of Hope - available as an e-book for iPad, iPhone and Kindle and a heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in Odisha

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $13.00 is tax-deductible.

    18x24 Poster

    You will receive a 18x24 full color poster - your choice of one of 6 images. Includes a heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in Odisha

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $10.00 is tax-deductible.

    Gift chosen especially for you

    A handcrafted gift from Odisha selected especially for you and a heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in Odisha

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $18.00 is tax-deductible.

    4x6 image printed on glass

    Your choice of one of six images from my journey printed in vivid color directly on glass- size 4.8x6.4 Includes a heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in Odisha

    Donate $125.00 or more

    Amount over $25.00 is tax-deductible.

    Aranya Silk Scarf

    An Aru Shibori Silk Scarf by Arumugam dyed with natural dyes selected just for you! (This variation on arashi shibori technique is known as “Aru Shibori” because it is named after Arumugam.)

    Donate $150.00 or more

    Amount over $20.00 is tax-deductible.

    Stories of Hope - Odisha - A signed, paper copy

    A signed, paper copy of Stories of Hope - Odisha and a heart-felt handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in India

    Donate $175.00 or more

    Amount over $50.00 is tax-deductible.

    Special Gift made by Linda

    This special gift of a textile will be made just for you after my return from India incorporating the skills, techniques and essence of my journey.

    Donate $250.00 or more

    Amount over $40.00 is tax-deductible.

    7x9 photo printed on glass

    Your choice of one of six images from my journey printed in vivid color directly on glass- size 7.2x9.6 Includes a heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in Odisha

    Donate $500.00 or more

    Amount over $50.00 is tax-deductible.

    Stories of Hope - Odisha - A signed, limited-edition, cloth-bound copy

    A signed, limited-edition, cloth-bound copy of Stories of Hope - Odisha. and a heart-felt, You will also receive a heart-felt, handwritten thank you note with a 4”X6” image from the my time in Odisha

    Donate $750.00 or more

    Amount over $110.00 is tax-deductible.

    All 4 Stories of Hope Books

    A signed limited edition cloth bound copy of Stories of Hope - Odisha and signed paper copies of Stories of Hope - Mexico, India and Rwanda, Stories of Hope - Oaxaca, Weavers of Southern Mexico and Stories of Hope -India.

    Donate $750.00 or more

    Amount over $85.00 is tax-deductible.

    15x20 photo printed on glass

    Your choice of one of 6 images from my time in Odisha The image will be printed on glass (15.6x20.8)

    Donate $1,000.00 or more

    Amount over $100.00 is tax-deductible.

    Handwoven Textile from Odisha

    This very special perk will be made by the hands of one of the textile artisans that I will be visiting on my journey! It will be selected especially for you!