Our desire is to create bold and meaningful accents for spaces such as bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms, and we naturally tend to design meditation, yoga and dance studios. Our inspiration comes from the bright colors of indian sari fabrics and the tribal dance outfits of gypsy communities that we come across while traveling the world, particularly in india. We developed an immense fascination with old needle work, preservation of old crafts and up-cycling treasures from the past into new creations for adornment and to surround us.
Join Us! Gallery Talk, Trunk Show, Reception & Refreshments Sunday, October 13, 1pm Miranda Talbott-Pope on Creando Mi Futuro ("Creating my Future") Starting a new life, fashion business and children's non-profit in Guatemala…in her 70's! Miranda Talbott-Pope Meet Miranda Talbott-Pope, who retired in her 70's to Guatemala and then proceeded to build a house, found a non-profit educating the poorest children in her town, and began designing fashion based on the beauty of handwoven Guatemalan fabrics. Miranda will be speaking on her fulfilling “retirement” in Guatemala, her education program in San Pedro la Laguna, and the inspiration of her clothing designs, a number of which will be available for purchase. Atitlan Clothing Designs is unique handmade clothing made from recycled traditional Guatemalan fabric, with respect and admiration for the beauty of the material and expertise of its originator. The handmade fabric is purchased at a local market where women sell their skirts for extra income. This fabric is then crafted with an intention to keep the beauty and “ethnic” look, while adapting to modern needs. Three local tailors are employed – thus assisting their families (14 members) in this town of low employment. All proceeds above these costs [...]
Please Join the Tibetan Buddhist Monks Of Drepung Gomang Monastery, India, for the Construction and Dismantling of a Sacred Tibetan Sand Mandala, followed by a cultural celebration and performance of traditional Tibetan dance, lively debate, chanting, prayer and meditation. Days 1 thru 4: Mandala Construction | Wed, April 18 - Sat, April 21, 11am-4pm Day 5: Tibetan Cultural Pageant and Mandala Dismantling: Sunday, April 22, 1-3pm Free, Open to the Public, Unlimited Free Parking, Everyone Welcome, Bring Kids During their stay with us, their lovely sacred crafts will also be offered for sale. The sale of these items and donations for their ceremonies and events go to funding the monastery in India. CULTURAL PERFORMANCE PROGRAM, SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 1PM Welcoming His Holiness The Dalai Lama And Offering Of Mandala. According to Tibetan custom, if His Holiness in not physically present, his holy portrait is displayed to symbolize that he is nevertheless the Chief Guest at the function or gatherings. At the same time, one offers all that one values in the Universe by reciting prayers, and visualizing that one is offering these to the guru or lama. Tashi Sholpa (Good Luck Dance) Tashi Shoelpa is the oldest opera [...]
Film Screening and Talk | “In Rajasthan” With Director/Producer, Katherine Kingsland Winner: Best Documentary, Rajasthan International Film Festival Saturday, February 24, 1:00 PM, Refreshments Free • Open to Public • Unlimited Free Parking In Rajasthan is an intimate look at a disappearing culture in one of India’s most traditional states. It is the story of two families, one Hindu and one Muslim, living in an ancient village in the Thar Desert whose lives have been interwoven for thousands of years with the Rajputs, once their feudal lords and protectors. They speak candidly about marriage, their qualms about their spouses, the caste system, the dubious future of children exposed to the modern world, the afterlife, and the religious differences between them. Today, their traditional way of life is besieged, but their struggles with family, allegiance, religious conflict and death seem timeless. The film is an international collaboration of crew from India, England and the US. It includes internationally acclaimed actor Kabir Bedi as the voice of the storyteller who frames the story, Andrew T. Mackay as the composer of the music score, and Katherine Kingsland as the director/producer. Katherine has worked as a journalist for US and international television networks including [...]
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Sacred Art: Catholic Saints and Candomblé Gods in Modern Brazil Join Us: Lecture, Book Signing & Refreshments Folklorists Henry Glassie and Pravina Shukla Present an Illustrated Lecture on the People's Art of Brazil, based on their monumental new book: Sacred Art: Catholic Saints and Candomblé Gods in Modern Brazil Saturday, December 2, 2PM Free, Open to the Public Unlimited Free Parking Books Available for Purchase São Benedito by Edival and Izaura Rosas, Salvador, Brazil. Yemanjá by Francisco Santos, Salvador, Brazil. Sacred art flourishes today in northeastern Brazil, where European and African religious traditions have interacted for centuries. Professional artists in the Northeast create images of the Catholic saints and the African gods of Candomblé to meet the needs of a vast market of believers and art collectors. Over the past decade, Henry Glassie and Pravina Shukla, folklorists trained in anthropology, have conducted intense ethnographic research in the states of Bahia and Pernambuco, interviewing the artists at length, photographing their processes and products, attending Catholic and Candomblé services, and finally creating a comprehensive book, governed by the understandings of the artists themselves. Nossa Senhora Desatadora dos Nós by Rosalvo Santana, Maragojipinho, Brazil. Beginning [...]
Lecture, Auction Exhibition, Book Signing, Film & Refreshments | Saturday, October 14, 2017, 2pm Howard Finster Howard Finster’s Amazing Visionary Legacy: So Was He the “Backwoods William Blake” and the “Southern Andy Warhol”? An Illustrated Lecture by Norman Girardot, Author of Envisioning Howard Finster: The Religion and Art of a Stranger From Another World (University of California Press, 2015). Accompanied by a short Film entitled “I Can Feel Another Planet in My Soul: The Remarkable Story of Howard Finster” by David Fetcho, Susan English Fetcho, and Steven Pattie Free, Open to the Public, Unlimited Free Parking 360 Degrees of Fine, Folk & Outsider Art Live Auction: Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11AM EST Exhibition: October 13-14, 11AM-4PM Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals: Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF) Browse the Virtual Auction Print Catalog Norman Girardot, University Distinguished Professor, Lehigh University and Author of Envisioning Howard Finster: The Religion and Art of a Stranger From Another World (University of California Press, 2015) Envisioning Howard Finster: The Religion and Art of a Stranger From Another World (University of California Press, 2015) When Howard Finster died in 2001 (b. 1916), he [...]
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Material Culture is deeply honored to once again host the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery, India. Please join us for the Construction and Dismantling of a Sacred Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala 5 DAYS: Wednesday, May 24 - Sunday, May 28 Free to the Public Wednesday, May 24 - Friday, May 26, 11am-5pm Saturday, May 27, 11am-4pm DISMANTLING: Sunday, May 28, 1-3pm During their stay with us, their lovely sacred crafts will also be offered for sale. The sale of these items and donations for their ceremonies and events go to funding the monastery in India. It is truly an honor to host the monks and support the important spiritual works which they dedicate their lives to.