Last Monday Cultural Canvas Thailand partnered up with the Jump Foundation and CMRCA, groups that we collaborate with and travelled to Baan Nokkamin, the house of the hummingbird. CMRCA had a group of International Students visiting from Singapore and one of the things in their planner for their stay in Thailand was to see how a NGO operates.
Baan Nokkamin Foundation is a house for girls who are orphans, street/homeless kids.
The crew from Art Relief International had designed a fun interactive workshop that allowed the girls at Baan Nokkamin and the Singapore Students to communicate and work together.
We were going to be creating a image by assembling smashed up tiles, ceramics and stones. This is also knows as mosaics!
We arrived at the beautiful home with the lush green gardens, cute puppies and super sweet girls in a very heavy van. Packed with concrete blocks to mosaic on and many colourful tiles.
We started the workshop of by introducing ourselves and saying where we were from. A very international bunch we were, after this the Singapore students paired up a Baan Nokkamin girl and with sign language, patience and broken English/thai the groups of two were able to come to a decision on what image they wanted to create with their tiles and stones.
They got into it straight away, gluing the tiles onto the concrete stepping stones they all got given.
Once they had assembled all their tiles onto the concrete and they were happy with the happy the created it was time to grout!
I did a quick grouting demonstration, its like mixing a cake, first the dry ingredients and then slowly adding the wet ingredients. The students and girls loved being in control of making the grout and spreading it onto the tiles, filling the gaps and smoothing it out.
Time to dry, we placed the stones in the sun and moved onto transforming the bare fences surrounding the house into beautiful colourful murals. Such a magical creative day, merging and learning about different cultures. The girls really enjoyed it and its always so heart warming and rewarding seeing their smiles. The mosaic stones are a great addition to their beautiful garden, something that was created with love and that will be treated with love.