Interested in owning nine pieces of folk art by local artists? Want to support locally-sourced folk arts, made in the community, reflecting significant local traditions?
Be a part of the Philadelphia Folklore Project's first-ever Community Supported Art Program (CSA)! Typically, a CSA (where the A stands for agriculture) is a chance for consumers to invest in local farms: they pay upfront to receive a weekly "share" of vegetables. This new art program is modeled after a traditional CSA but instead of garlic, chard and tomatoes, "shareholders" receive original artwork made by local artists working in community-based and traditional arts.
Only fifty shares are available: about a dozen shares remain. They cost $350 (plus $28 tax: a total of $378). They can be purchased online at PFP's store or with a check sent to PFP's office at 735 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143. For more information, call 215.726.1106 or email email@example.com. A sample of each artist's work is on display in PFP's gallery at 735 S. 50th Street. Stop by to visit and see!
How it works: Nine folk artists have produced original works: four additional gifts are included. One work from each artist (and PFP DVDs and other gifts) are part of each shareholder's basket of art. Shareholders pay $350 to support local artists and receive a curated collection of beautiful, original art. You get great original art, meet (and invest in) interesting artists, learn about the social issues and histories behind their work, and create a sustainable base for folk arts in our city. ($350 too steep? Consider splitting the price with nine other people, then dividing up the basket. We'll also work out a payment plan with you. Talk to us!)
Participating artists and what you get:
1. Ra'sheeda Bey, "Worry Doll": As a child, growing up in Philadelphia, Ra'sheeda remembers making dolls from old socks, stockings, and scraps of fabric left over from the quilts and clothing that she, her mother, and grandmother made. Ra'sheeda says, "My dolls are made with pride, dignity and love from the grassroots up!"
2. Alma Luz Castro, oshie (Japanese paper-folding): Alma has been making dolls since she was a child. In addition to the oshie, paper folding mounted on mats, that is her CSA offering, she makes kami ningyo (Japanese paper dolls), kimekomi ningyo (Japanese miniature dolls), kusudama (pompadours: balls with 600 folds), oyama (adult dolls), and boxes.
3. Maisaloon Dias, Palestinian tatreez needlework bookmark: Maisaloon is a Palestinian American social worker raised in Philadelphia. She says about her needlework, "This is my life, this is who I am, this is my culture. It gives me a sense of belonging." In Philadelphia. Maisaloon teaches tatreez and uses the art to start discussions about the occupation of Palestine and peoples' perceptions of Arab women in America.
4. Stephanie Hryckowian, painted Ukrainian pysanky (Easter egg): Since the 1970s, Stephanie has taught pysanky-making at Wheaton Village (Millville, NJ) and in public schools, libraries, camps, and bazaars in the tri-state area. She paints eggs using a wax dye-resist method, using traditional patterns and those of her own design. Included in this CSA is her specialty: painted goose eggs.
5. Christina Johnson, quilted picture frames: Christina is a fiber artist focused on relaying traditional African American quilting techniques, and cultural values while creating work that maintains ties to community legacies. She says, "My art challenges traditional and stereotypical edicts, encouraging individual empowerment with the hope of assisting women to use their voices and art for continued social change."
6. Eric Joselyn, Philadelphia Bingo game: Politically active his whole life, Eric is known among an extended community of activists as an invaluable resource. He says, "Traditional community skills and popular cultural traditions have taught me a lot about building a happy and democratic opposition to the greedy, hateful society foisted upon us." Folk arts play an important role in his politics and style. For this CSA Eric is creating a "Philadelphia Bingo" game guaranteed to help you look at the city in a new way.
8. Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun, appliqued Hmong baby carrier: In Philadelphia, Pang Xiong is a motivating force behind traditional Hmong celebrations of New Year, weddings, births, and the commemoration of the Hmong people's departure from Laos. Baby carriers (nyas) are deeply significant garments. Various Hmong peoples have their own traditional patterns, executed in applique and reverse applique, with hand-made pompons and other decorations.
9. Matthew Smith, steel cowbell: Handmade in Philadelphia, Matt's percussion instruments travel the globe. He has been making congas, bongos, timbales, cowbells and other percussion instruments in his shop, Ritmo Studios, for over 20 years. He says, "The cowbells I make are done completely by hand. Each one is tuned to be a beautiful-sounding instrument."
The Philadelphia Folklore Project is a 25-year-old independent public folklife agency that works to sustain vital and diverse living cultural heritage in communities in our region. PFP documents, supports, and presents Philadelphia-area folk arts and culture - including the arts of people who have been here generations and those who have just arrived. For more information, call 215.726.1106.
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Ra'Sheeda Bey, Worry Doll