Tibetan mother at the Manali Himalayan Nyinmapa Monastery by Shula Newick
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Tibetan mother at the Manali Himalayan Nyinmapa Monastery by Shula Newick

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For the past 2 years I have been teaching embroidery to Dalit girls in India and spent holiday time in the Himalayas. With my camera and with sketchbook and pen I have recorded everyday life in the Kullu Valley, Himal Pradesh. From this reference material I make little 3 D pictures with my photographs as background and with wire, plasticine and textile miniature figures in the foreground with their possessions . As a former stage costume designer I pay special attention to recreating tribal costumes and accessories- bags, flutes, wood etc.

Mixed media - photographs, textiles, wire, plasticine
25 x 21 cms


This item was generously donated to Black Swan Arts during our Small & Affordable fundraising pop-up. Like many arts organisations, Black Swan Arts has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are a registered charity and currently receive no regular funding. We have very limited funds and rely heavily on volunteers and supporters. We are grateful to all who continue to support us through donations, purchase or giving their time to volunteer.