The tapa painting workshop was a beautiful experience of creating unique traditional artwork whilst having uplifting conversations among old and new friends.
I loved the use of handmade stencils with natural inks made from earth and roots. One of the great things about this workshop was that we had the opportunity to learn about how the barkcloth is processed and the cultural significance of making these artworks in the islands.
Ruha taught us about how the community spirit is very much ingrained into the creative process and this unifying community spirit is again reflected in the larger collaborative piece for the bicentennial birth of Baha’u’llah.
A thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to going to more workshops in the future!
By Kalen Khalessi-Rad
(Images by June Perkins)