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Many years ago, sitting in a café, I sketched this as quick and as discreetly as possibly. Whilst having a hot Mocha with a gorgeous, soft, moist slice of crumbly Lemon and Poppy seed cake at a café next door in Norwich where I often went to when I needed to get away from my drawing board (in hindsight, the two reasons I went there was to hide and have some poppy-seed cake with their excellent Mocha! which somehow tasted better from their paper cups! weird… I know!). Every other day, a lovely friendly gentleman would drive up, park it across from St.Andrews and come in to read the paper and have a coffee and we almost always sat next to each other on the same spot over the 3 or so years I spent in Norwich. This piece was a product of keeping a sketchbook (ah… those were the days eh? Those little pleasures you could afford to have… now I struggle to keep a pen/paper in my hand or even find the time for it). But I am hopeful  that one day, I will return to my sketch-a-day habit. Even if it is on an ipad… ;-p

Anyway, years later, here I am. This was my first ever print even before Henry, The Owl. I badly wanted to cut a print and so went through my old sketch books and found this and it brought back all the memories and love I have for a Morris Minor. I later found out at the DeBeauvoir Xmas fair that it was actually a Morris Traveller and not just Morris Minor. Either way, I have fallen in love with these super cute, sturdy little buggers. The traveller even had a back made of wooden ‘slats’. Another reason why it ticked my box- Wood! Now, if only I could get my hands on one… * Sigh!*

 

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© fatima jamadar“Upscaling”/ Printed on recycled cereal box card with Bronze metallic ink

© fatima jamadar

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This print was cut after I had a few thoughts about how I perceive my imagination and sometimes my defiance. How people all over the world face various atrocities in their respective country’s, homes and often by their own people etc. It made me think about how amazing the human mind, psychology or heart is. I started thinking about how we have imprisoned people who have stood up for their rights and the rights of others, how people just go missing or get in to trouble for speaking their mind and writing what they believe in (the likes of Ai Weiwei, Hu Jia, Nien Cheng, Aung San Suu Kyi, Parvin Ardalan among so many more!).

But what I find amazing is that you can imprison a person, torture them and hurt them in many ways than one but you cannot exactly hold their minds captive or at least, not for long. In fact, I believe you cannot (fully) restrict their mind and will (unless they let you?). I truly believe our abilities in terms of our imagination, our mind can wander and still be free even when you keep our bodies captive.

We may be restricted by our social, religious or political constraints, but we are and never will be truly imprisoned. And as long as people believe and exercise their right to imagine, create and build, keep alive memories and works of those who struggled and lost their lives and those who are still under some sort of oppression, they will continue to live on in our hearts and mind. No wonder we are declared dead only after the brain gives in…

So, you can lock us up wherever you may seem fit but only we can truly imprison ourselves…

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Have you noticed I tend to use exclamation marks quite a lot? Hmm… How else can I translate my excitement?! (see, there it is again! and again…) Anyway onto the subject of this post: Fayre or Fair if you prefer.

We did our First one a few days back from which I am still reeling and nursing my cold from. I haven’t managed to let go of it. I am stuffing envelopes and all sorts of things in my sleep four days on. Which explains why I haven’t posted in a while (that and the nasty sore throat and a cold). Plus I had tons to catch up work-wise. I’ve had to work straight through the days and nights to prepare for a Fair that I spotted down by De Beauvoir  whilst trying to sort out other work related emergencies. Remind me never to try and prepare for a Christmas Fair in a matter of ten days or so! Then again, who am I kidding? I’d do it over and over again if I could. It’s not all fun and games though as I found out. I have a lot respect to people who do these events now that I have had to endure it. As well as friends and  family who have had to endure it with me.

It’s one of the best way to find out how and where your product stands when you release it to your audience. Plus you meet some really nice people  and it’s a great opportunity to test friendships, your gut and find out your breaking point too…hehe 😉

Anyway, here are the pictures from the ‘stall’. More than anything, I loved the enthusiasm that came from customers who smiled and engaged with the products and learned a great deal from them about my prints, Morris Traveller vs Minor, Book marks & Book clubs etc and mainly the abundance in kind words of encouragement.

The ‘Stall’

I had the digital cards, Handmade cards for other occasions, gift tags, postcards , Bookmarks, and hand-painted cotton bags! (my first ones too!), notebooks, A2 prints for framing etc… basically, the works!!

 

 

Thank you to:

The organisers; Jen & Edward Benyon, Martin who let us use the beautiful studios. My friends & family,  The lovely ‘stall’ holders (for their company and support for each other), the two young florists, the lovely baker (who had original cinnamon buns on Sunday to die for!!), the lady with the safe back bags, The young lady with the hand-sewn purses, the lady with the glass charms & vintage items, the lads making us haloumi lunches, the lovely customers, and My favourite bubbly knitters/actors (actresses to be precise) and so many more…

Above all, a big thank you to my friend whose company kept me going and who I worked to the bone… testing each others patience hehe… Ευχαριστούμε

 

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