Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ghana Weaving

Cari Amici (Dear Friends),

I recently received a small package from Ghana. It was from my young friend Emmanuele Asare-Budu. He has a BFA in Sculpture and would like to establish an art school in Ghana. But he needs tools. I tried many years ago to help him come to America to study at one of the stone carving workshops here, but it is very, very difficult to help someone enter the USA, even for one week of training.

Emmanuele is very polite and dedicated to his art. He always tells me when we do communicate how much he wants to share what he knows with other artists from Ghana. I must admit that I do not know much about Ghana, but I do get the impression from Emmanuele and others that there is a growing arts community in that African country. And inside the package I received was a weaving from Ghana – in this case a green woven scarf with my name on it.

My mother has been visiting since Friday and this image is one that my redheaded sister Amber took on her camera using a timer during their recent visit. Her husband Alex is enjoying the company of girls.

These next two images we show off the new scarf. Thank you, Emmanuele. And if you would like to help this young man start a sculpture school in Ghana, please send me your contact information and I will forward it to Emmanuele. He says that what he most needs now are tools.

Finally, if you have been disappointed at all that I have not kept up my writings about places outside of America, fret not. I will be visiting London soon and no doubt sharing some of my impressions of her museums and art culture.

While I am London-bound, my brother Alex is being deployed to Afghanistan. Strange how connected, yet so very different, our lives can be... Be safe, Alex! Lots of love travels with you!


Judi said...

Kelly, what kind of tools does your friend in Ghana need? Sonny and I will be moving when we sell our house, and we're cleaning up our workshop. We maybe could donate some tools if we have duplicates of things. Enjoy London! Love, Judi

Kelly Borsheim said...

Hi Judi,
Thank you ! so much for your generous offer. I have written to Emmanuele (he is on Facebook too, so I just included a link to his page on my blog (click on the bolded text the first time I listed his name).
I do not think he has access to the Internet so often and thus it may take him a while to see this post.

I think anything for stone carving and maybe even working in wax or wood.
Cheers! and have fun organizing all of your goodies for the big move.

Kelly Borsheim said...

From Emmanuele:
Thank you very much for your offer, The tools i needed for my art school are Clay Modeling tools,mold making materials like Vina mold, gel flex,silicone RTV,etc., Wood carving tools ,Stone Carving Tools- and also need financial support to help build my classrooms. this is my webpage:http://www.nabeak.webs.com/
God Bless you all as you give generously

and from my Facebook page:
Emmanuel Asare Budu shared a link on your Wall.
please anyone who wants to help on my art school can contact me
through, Email:cicbechem@yahoo.com, my skype name: nabeakart and
thank you.

Emmanuel Asare-Budu said...

Hello, Madam Kelly, how are you doing?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Please Still waiting for my tools.
kindly do well to help me out, please.
From Emmanuel, Ghana HTTP://www.nabeak.webs.com

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Kelly Borsheim said...

Dear Emmanuele,
Oh, dear... I never heard again from my friend Judi on the supplies. I do not know when or how to get materials to you. I am living in Croatia for a little bit with only a suitcase. I cannot even manage to get art supplies here! I will see what I can do on Facebook by posting your request.