Over the Summer I had the opportunity to teach a Rangoli workshop to students at the Community Art Center, an incredible non-profit community arts organization in Cambridge, MA. We had an inspired session, and spent the day creating designs, dyeing rice and understanding scale. Later that month, the youth teams used their skills to make community Rangoli designs as part of Change4Peace; 8 lunchtime art-making sessions at Kendall Square and the Green Rose Heritage Park.
Images courtesy of Teen Media Program/ Community Art Center
“Teen Media Program/ Community Art Center “
On the weekend of 2nd and 3rd April 2011, I was invited to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA to perform a Rangoli, as part of Sensational India!, a weekend of creative activities celebrating the arts and culture of India.
Two separate designs were provided for children interested in participating in rangoli making.
The Rangoli design was a celebration of springtime. It included around 8-10 colours, took 10hrs to complete and was 6 x 6ft in size.
On this occasion the design was drawn out onto fabric first, making its demolition a little easier.
In April 2010, I was invited to Suffolk University by Afshan Bokhari, Assistant Professor of Art History at the New England School of Art and Design, to deliver a two-day Rangoli workshop/demonstration and present a lecture about my practice.
The Rangoli was constructed to celebrate the opening of the new, state-of-the-art NESAD building at 20 Somerset Street.
Over the two day period, up to ten students helped to complete the design, which was 7ft x 7ft in size and comprised of 13 different colors of dyed rice and various grains. Time taken: approx. 12hrs.
The event was sponsored by The Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, the CAS Dean’s Office, and NESAD.