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Kopila writes about FIMO50 – Part One: Getting there

(Both parts of the report feature the wonderful photos of Georg Dinkel who was the official photographer. Thank you Georg for permission to use these gorgeous photos!)

img_0681One morning when I was reading my emails I got this beautiful and very exciting email from Susanne of the Staedtler company.  It was telling me they were going to  donate some money to Samunnat and they would like to invite me and Wendy Didi to visit as guest of honor to their FIMO50 celebration in Nuremberg, Germany.  I screamed so loud that my husband asked What’s wrong and I told him there was an invitation.  He was very happy and encouraged me to go ahead.

It was not easy just to say Ok I am going. Because I am Nepali, I have all the process for applying visa img_0678and had to wait till the embassy trusted me that I would come back to Nepal. In the process for visa Wendy Didi, Ron Dai and Susanne helped by writing letters to the Germany embassy.  Everything went well and I eventually got the visa and set up the dates with Wendy Didi.

I was nervous to fly on my own but we fixed with Wendy Didi and Malcolm Dai that we are going to meet at Munich airport MC Donald’s because I would see it.  I flew in 31st of  August from Nepal to Germany.  It was a big opportunity and also big deal for me. I did my preparation before the time. It was really making me excited and bit anxious.

Lots of question were rising in my mind. How things will be? Do I get there?  It was my genuineimg_0675 feeling because I belong from eastern part of Nepal I am not use to the western developments.  The elevators, big shopping Malls, Very big cities, wider roads and so many other things all computerised.  My family escorted me till the international airport of Nepal and my journey began to Munich in the Qatar airways.  I was really very scared and trying to find someone who could help me.  Finally a beautiful little girl and her family who was next to my seat helped me to find the my destination.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of Kopila’s big adventure tomorrow!

A Colour Breakthrough and Happy New Year 2073

1 It is almost two years ago I attended one IPCA conference in Malta.  One of the workshops of Tracy Holmes I always remember. The class was about the colour wheel. I tried to understand as much as I could but my problem was language. It was in English and I was struggling to get the clue of the colour. But in that class I started to get the sense of the colour. Two years later, last week, Wendy Didi came with the box of cards and I thought it might be the playing cards or may be some other purpose. It was the Breakthrough Colour Cards by Tracy Holmes. Wendy open the cards and started to stick on the wall and I was looking for the major colours. The first colour Cyan, then Magenta and yellow. Then our brain started to spin with these secondary colours and connecting colours. Every day we had our quiz and we try to guess the colours from the numbers and then we match the cards.2

We also learned the new words from the colours like Hue, value, Tint, Shade and Tone.  These words are now in our lips so we pronounce as our words like Nepali.  Now where ever we see the colour we start to think what numbers they are. We thought the timber of the next door was painted with 455 and the wall 400. We had lots of fun with our lipstick, guessing the colour codes. We all choose our favourite colours and said if they were tint, tone or shade. We all liked colours in Cyan and Magenta families!

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Tomorrow we are celebrating our New year 2073 so ignored the 7 and decided that 203 would be the colour of the year. We all guessed it would be a cool green Tint. We hope this colour represent the best year for us. We really don’t want another year like last year again.4

We would like to give a big thank to two people who have given us so much sense of colours: Tracy Holmes and our lovely Wendy Didi who gave very easy way of explaining where we could understand very easily. Thank you very much Didi.

Of periods and pots

These four goBig Adventure - Blogrgeous women – Pramila, Sita, Samjhana and Rita- have all just been on a big adventure. Last month, the wonderful artists from the Orkney retreat at Shrinemont made us a very generous donation. The ladies decided to use some of the money to travel to Kathmandu, a 20+ hour bus trip…a challenge. For a long time, we have wanted to visit Thimi Ceramics, to learn about their wonderfully run organisation. Then we were invited to attend the launch of Nepali Menstrupedia. Quite some time ago, we were researching ways to best get information about sexual health and menstruation to our community. We discovered that an Indian publication was being translated by an organisation called Putali and we contacted them and asked to be kept informed about the progress. We were invited to the launch of the books which included the screening of a movie about chaupadi where women are banished from the home while they have their periods and every Winter, women die from exposure as a result.

 

Read what the ladies said about their trip:

We thought the Program of Putali Nepal was very good because it made us aware of our health and safety. 13321995_1818480868380773_2152891910875973447_n-300x200We did not know everything about our menstruation. The organization has developed a comic book for all the teenage girls but it was very helpful to us too. We will read this book to our little sisters too.

(This photo at the right shows the ladies showing some of our jewellery at the launch! People were very interested in what they wore!)

The program was so special because the organizer of the program arranged the taxi for us to go back to the hotel because it was very late for us after the event. We learned why women in the western part of Nepal are so vulnerable when they got their period. They have to stay in the cowshed during the period and this is called chaupadi. We really appreciate the work done by the organisation because the book will help every girls of our society.

 

IMG_1344-150x150We also went to Thimi Pot making place. The work they are doing is very beautiful and very creative. The management was very organized and the way they keep the pots are very Systematic. The work of Thimi was totally based on local mud and we feel if we could stayed there for some time we could easily learn more that would be good for polymer clay. We felt very proud of our work which is very unique so we loved our work and also we admire Thimi work too. Our tour was so effective because even though we were nervous about travelling to Kathmandu, we learned to be independent. We got awareness of our menstruation and learnt from the organized work of Thimi. IMG_1355-300x300We all Tour group wants to thank you to Samunnat family Friends and specially the Orkney group who made this trip possible. We spent some of the donation to buy 25 of the comic books about menstruation. Thank you also to Wendy Didi for inspiration to make the trip and make an effective journey.

 

Of periods and pots….

IMG_1352These four gorgeous women – Pramila, Sita, Samjhana and Rita- have all just been on a big adventure. Last month, the wonderful artists from the Orkney retreat at Shrinemont made us a very generous donation. The ladies decided to use some of the money to travel to Kathmandu, a 20+ hour bus trip…a challenge.  For a long time, we have wanted to visit Thimi Ceramics, to learn about their wonderfully run organisation. Then we were invited to attend the launch of Nepali Menstrupedia.  Quite some time ago, we were researching ways to best get information about sexual health and menstruation to our community. We discovered that an Indian publication was being translated by an organisation called Putali and we contacted them and asked to be kept informed about the progress.  We were invited to the launch of the books which included the screening of a movie about chaupadi where women are banished from the home while they have their periods and every Winter, women die from exposure as a result.

Read what the ladies said about their trip.

We thought the Program of Putali Nepal was very good because it made us aware of our health and13321995_1818480868380773_2152891910875973447_n safety.  We did not know everything about our menstruation. The organization has developed a comic book for all the teenage girls but it was very helpful to us too.  We will read this book to our little sisters too.

(This photo at the right shows the ladies showing some of our jewellery at the launch! People were very interested in what they wore!)

The program was so special because the organizer of the program arranged the taxi for us to go back to the hotel because it was very late for us after the event.  We learned why women in the western part of Nepal are so vulnerable when they got their period.  They have to IMG_1344stay in the cowshed during the period and this is called chaupadi.  We really appreciate the work done by the organisation because the book will help every girls of our society.

We also went to Thimi Pot making place.  The work they are doing is very beautiful and very creative. The management was very organized and the way they keep the pots are very Systematic. The work of Thimi was totallyIMG_1355 based on local mud and we feel if we could stayed there for some time we could easily learn more that would be good for polymer clay. 

We felt very proud of our work which is very unique so we loved our work and also we admire Thimi work too.  Our tour was so effective because even though we were nervous about travelling to Kathmandu, we learned to be independent. We got awareness of our menstruation and learnt from the organized work of Thimi. We all Tour group wants to thank you to Samunnat family Friends and specially the Orkney group who made this trip possible.  We spent some of the donation to buy 25 of the comic books about menstruation.  Thank you also to Wendy Didi for inspiration to make the trip and make an effective journey.

 

A colour Breakthrough and Happy New Year 2073

It is almost two years ago I attended one IPCA conference in Malta.  One of the workshops of Tracy Holmes I always remember. The class imagewas about the colour wheel. I tried to understand as much as I could but my problem was language. It was in English and I was struggling to get the clue of the colour. But in that class I started to get the sense of the colour. Two years later, last week, Wendy Didi came with the box of cards and I thought it might be the playing cards or may be some other purpose. It was the Breakthrough Colour Cards by Tracy Holmes. Wendy open the cards and started to stick on the wall and I was looking for the major colours. The first colour Cyan, then Magenta and yellow. Then our imagebrain started to spin with these secondary colours and connecting colours. Every day we had our quiz and we try to guess the colours from the numbers and then we match the cards.

We also learned the new words from the colours like Hue, value, Tint, Shade and Tone.  These words are now in our lips so we pronounce as our words like Nepali.  Now where ever we see the colour we start to think what numbers they are. We thought the imagetimber of the next door was painted with 455 and the wall 400. We had lots of fun with our lipstick, guessing the colour codes. We all choose our favourite colours and said if they were tint, tone or shade. We all liked colours in Cyan and Magenta families!

Tomorrow we are celebrating our New year 2073 so ignored the 7 and imagedecided that 203 would be the colour of the year. We all guessed it would be a cool green Tint. We hope this colour represent the best year for us. We really don’t want another year like last year again.

We would like to give a big thank to two people who have given us so much sense of colours: Tracy Holmes and our lovely Wendy Didi who gave very easy way of explaining where we could understand very easily. Thank you very much Didi.

A Colourful Journey

A Colourful Journey