First steps for Cultural Strangers

Today we started to set up a studio space in a cave next to the Babayan Culture House. This is where we will construct an installation piece that we can move from location to location.

Looking at maps in the studio

Looking at maps in the studio

Over the past months we have been collecting all sorts of images – maps, historical prints, motifs and photographs.

Sifting through our collection of images

Sifting through our collection of images

Images for collages

Images for collages

First job was to clean up a bit, Marty was great with the broom!

Marty hard at work

Marty hard at work

Once we swept the studio, we laid down some lovely carpets (kilims) Willemijn bought from the mosque.  The patterns are wonderful and I love how the kilims tell a personal story about the woman who made it. This is definitely a subject I want to explore in detail.

Kilim patterns

Kilim patterns

Kilim patterns

Kilim patterns

So far so good – have lots of source material, a studio, an amazing location to work in, now the big challenge – making work!

The studio is all cosy now

The studio is all cosy now

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