Inspirations from Gambia Adventure
Grow your NGO was a training course involving 11 partners from 9 countries. The course was held in August 2016 in Tirgu Frumos, Iasi. The countries involved are: Romania, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Poland, Slovenia, Germany, Macedonia and the UK.
The project aims to develop entrepreneurial competences among 33 young people interested to develop their own youth organizations through social entrepreneurship initiatives. During eight days, young people participated in several activities, presentations, discussions, exercises, workshops, study visits in order to share best practices on how to develop an organization with limited resources. Participants had the opportunity to develop skills and competencies through non-formal education and practice. The young people involved had been supported to develop new projects for the sending organization and reflect on personal development projects as social entrepreneurs.
Outfits inspired with my vision of African symbolism mixed with Romanian Folklore and the oldest ceramic culture in Europe which is in Cucuteni in Romania. Slideshow with T-shirts made live in the middle of the town Tirgu Frumos.
Inspirations from London mixed with Romanian Adventure
The choice of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia is not accidental. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa but There are many tribes with the main ones as Mandinka, Wolof, Fula and Jola, each having its own language and traditions. Dress is varied but always bright and colourfull and some of the complicated plaited hairstyles are a work of art.
Peaceful co-existence as well as of full religious tolerance created a specific area for unlimited experiment with art.
The trip has been used for cultural and art research as also photo shoot with Tida Dk Badjie the model representing The Fashion Weekend Gambia and Gambian Model Agency of Fatou Jobe.
The Gambia Adventure December 2016
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Always Bad (African Leonardo da Vinci, Four Elements and Mermaids) it's fashion line of Erwin Michalec that includes several months art experiment as recording the document to each image seen on the outfits. The experiment is a continuation of the idea used in collection "Hidden in Silence" with on-line live streaming from the art studio or from public places that give the audience the opportunity to watch the artist at the time of his work. The experiment involves full transparency with sharing ideas, inspirations and techniques used during the creation of the collections. The hand painted prototypes are transformed later into wearable fashion line.
The starting point its a mixture of African symbols as well as ancient influences of European oldest pottery culture, which existed in Romania plus The Warsaw Mermaid the emblem of capital city of Poland and other art inspirations of Erwin Michalec from the past. Its an attempt to connect of different cultures, separated by hundreds of years of history and thousands of kilometers.
The Training Course "Grow your NGO" by Romanian youth organization Super Tineri/ Erasmus + I have used also as a good opportunity to search for new fashion ideas. From local traditional folklore to archaeological places excavating the oldest ceramic culture in Europe in Cucuteni