When I was asked if I would contribute to this event I just had to say a resounding yes, 10 of our Children came from situations where their very lives were in danger and indeed some of them would have ultimately experienced hunger and extreme poverty.
I chose 3 people who I had met in the past 12 months. 3 people I came in contact with who had experienced hunger and were living in impoverished situations.
The first was a man in India whose image I have used several times, and before you ask me if I had permission to use his image, I will tell you ‘no’ I didn’t ask him because it was a chance meeting during a fleeting moment. Our car was held up by traffic. In fact it was the ever-present cattle taking their afternoon siesta on the road in a small village. It all happened so quickly, the man gesticulated to me to buy some of his pottery and the came to the car to ask if I would take his photo. This is a common occurrence in India and I obliged. In the next half-minute or so I purchased a few small pots in exchange for taking his photo.
I’ve created two portraits of this man.
The first was a thread painting and the other was for the A World with out ‘Hunger’ project. In this instance I drew his image of fabric with a black pigment pen.
The next image was a small boy in a Hmong Village in Thailand. The Hmong living in Thailand have no citizen rights. Many of them have been living there for generations and are no really supposed to work. They are refugees from Myanmar and of course are unable to go back to their home. The village was incredibly poor. In fact we took most of the children to a local restaurant and bought them all noodles. This little boy followed us for ages and ran alongside the care as we left.
The technique for this part of the quilt is thread painting.
Her portrait is illustrated too.
To portray the message about Hunger to the world through Textile Art is also a gift and my small way of contributing.
I thank Susan Fiorantino for her foresight in presenting the exhibition. The US Embassy in Rome for hosting the first exhibition and the UN representatives for their belief in the project which will travel to Universities and Embassies in Germany, France and Switzerland.