Corresponding notes for each piece. I draw the shape (that I cut out of the fabric) and call out the colors. My translator then writes the details in Hindi for the Rafoo Master. When the piece is returned to me the note is often stapled to the fabric, a remnant of the process.
Altered is an on-going project between myself, my translator and Rafoo Masters in Northern India. The project touches on family life, assimilation, translation, mending and the hidden economy. All proceeds from the Altered Project return to Northern India as donations to prominent NGO’s.
The AlteredProject began under the mentorship of artistPriya Ravish Mehra in 2013 in New Delhi, India. She invited me into her studio to respond to the idea of creating through Rafoo (darning). Using my paper inlay work as a starting place, I experimented with the implications of mending and recreating wholeness that darning evokes. The darned structure shapes allude to both physical and emotional shifts families experience as they grow.