A few weeks ago I went to a craft fair in the city. One of my assignments in my course called “Aesthetics of the Imperfect” was to visit this fair and interview some of the craftspeople to learn how they made their art.
I took many pictures (see below). Due to language barrier I was only able to speak with a few of the sellers, but I discovered some really incredible things about how these crafts were made. Mostly I had the opportunity to admire these beautiful pieces of artwork and enjoy spending some time off campus.
(paper condensed into shapes and painted)
(Wax mold, filled with clay and then covered with melted brass that then dries.)
My experience of FLAME has definitely been more than taking courses in India. I have had so many opportunities to explore the city and go to fun cultural events such as this one.
While the journey off campus takes about 5 hours total (2 hours travelling to the city there and back and then the buses come about every 3 hours), it is always well-worth the trip.
It was lovely to spend a few hours out with friends and have a taste of a different sort of cultural experience. Many of the sights, sounds, and smells were familiar and reminded me of childhood when my parents would take me to different Indian events hosted in Vancouver. Even though I hadn’t been to one of those events in years (I can’t even recall the last time I did), I felt at home in a faraway place, which was pretty magical.
I’ve had many great adventures. I cannot wait to share the stories.