Posted by: Cathy and Len

Poinsettias hand embroidered by women of Arshi.  Photo copyright Kantha Productions LLC.

Poinsettias hand embroidered by women of Arshi. Photo copyright Kantha Productions LLC.

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Posted by: Cathy and Len

What an appropriate group for us to talk to today about Threads!   Thanks to the local PEO International chapter for letting us share the story of Surayia, the women of Arshi and of nakshi kantha tapestries.

Cathy talking with some of the members of the local PEO chapter. Photo copyright Kantha Productions LLC.

For those who don’t know it, PEO International is an organization that helps women achieve education through grants, loans, and support for Cottey College in Missouri.  PEO was founded in Iowa in 1869; we of course told the group about Surayia’s connection to Iowa and the Des Moines Art Museum, where she was able to sell many of her painted scrolls with the help of her friend Mrs. Weitz.  We believe this was the first time that Surayia’s art was sold internationally.

It’s a small world.

Posted by:  Cathy

Remember in May where I showed you how the script was evolving on the wall of our spare bedroom?  Well, the evolution continues!

Is it a script?  Or could this be a quilt? 

As I work with Rita Meher on a rough cut of THREADS, one way that is helpful for me to visualize the different parts of the story and their relationships with each other is to take soundbites of the film footage transcript, color code them for which part of the story they represent, and see how they can best fit together.  This format allows me to move segments around relatively easily and to visualize better how the story flows.   In some ways, it reminds me of setting out the patterns and colors of a quilt.

Everyone has their own way of organizing the story they are telling.   What is your favorite method?