Beginning to blog again……by remembering India…...

The ever changing landscape of the digital realm, is the main reason my blog from India is no longer live on the internet….the software I was using to create and manage my blog during my Fulbright grant time in India no longer 'works', whatever that means right….so I had to get a whole new website situation going and learn a whole new set of technological tools and if you can believe it... there was no way to just magically transfer the information into the new website software! Whaaa! One would think at this advanced stage in our digital age that this would be no problem…that someone, somewhere would have invented an app or some control + alt + delete combo to use and WHA-LAH the information transfers from one thingamajig website to another. Nope…..and I guess it should be a relief in such a digital age that as a human, I have an important role to play in making the 'tech stuff' work……..

Two students at Rajghat Besant - these two guys were my best helpers with the mural project, they were practically my shadows!  It was a great feat and surprise to get the fellow on the left to smile - he was always so serious all the time...aren’t they the cutest!!!!

Two students at Rajghat Besant - these two guys were my best helpers with the mural project, they were practically my shadows!  It was a great feat and surprise to get the fellow on the left to smile - he was always so serious all the time...aren’t they the cutest!!!!

A gallery of images from Krishnamurti……..

Now that I have found a reasonable comfort level with this new website and being all hooked into the social media platforms that seem to be the new way we communicate and share our lives with the world..….I must confess, I feel a bit rusty at blogging…I'm going to repost some of my blogs from my Fulbright grant time in India with some new thoughts now that I have been back home for some time……there are some days I can't believe I was in India! The difference in living is really hard to explain….the way we live here in America and our cultureal relationship to time really shapes and impacts memory and notions of place and priority…not better or worse….just extremely different. 

thanks for reading…….

 

 

 

 

In this post I will recall my time at the Krishnamurti/Raj Ghat school. I spent a week at the Krishnmurti school as a visiting artist for their 'Cultural Week'. There were artists, dancers, traditional craftsman from various parts of India at the school to present workshops to the students at the school.  My workshop was to create a mixed media mural with the 6th and 7th grade students. They students were so wonderful to work with and I really enjoyed my time with them…..here are some memories of my week at Krishnamurti/Raj Ghat……...

Also, I am working to rebuild my blogging muscles in preparation for blogging the experience and adventure of my residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana during March and April! 

Keep checking in…...

WOW!!! The Kickstarter Goal has been reached!!!!!!

Hey Everyone!!! 

I am thrilled to announce that my Kickstarter campaign has been successful - and BEFORE the deadline!!!!

I am so grateful for all the support I have received and even more so excited to get the donor rewards created and sent out!!!

BIG BIG thanks to all of the 54 backers who found my project and art worth the investment and support. YOU ALL HELPED TO MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!! What a great feeling to see so many support the arts! I am very excited for this residency at Red Lodge Clay Center and getting to work visually and creatively on my Fulbright grant experience!!!

I will be documenting the lead up to and full experience of the residency for you all to see…..especially for those of you who followed my India blog….I hope to make this blog even better!!!!!

Sincerely,

Chotsani Elaine Dean

KICKSTARTER SUCCESS!!!!

Source: -http://kck.st/1cW9XaW

KICKSTATER UPDATE -CALLING MORE BACKERS!!!! HELP ME REACH MY GOAL!!

Dear Friends,

A big thank you to all current donors of my Kickstarter campaign - THANK YOU!!!

I cannot begin to describe how grateful and appreciative I am of all the donations and support that have come in so far! I have some tremendous friends!! 

However, I still have a LONG ways to go to reach my goal AND I need to make my goal by December 13, 2013 at 8:20pm or else I don't get any of the funding of my Kickstarter campaign. Currently, I am at 46% of my goal with 26 backers…I hope I can increase these numbers!!!

Please check out my Kickstarter project page click here -http://kck.st/1cW9XaW

The deadline for making a contribution to my Kickstarter campaign is December 13, 2013 at 8:20pm.

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! -Chotsani

CHECK OUT THE REWARDS BELOW! You do get something for your donation!!!

$10.00 - a beautiful postcard with an image of Assam  as seen in my Kickstarter Video, with a message stating your support of my project along with a handwritten thank you note!

$25.00 - A set of 6/six beautiful postcards - 3/three images of the landscape of tea plantations in Assam taken by me and 3/three images of the beautiful landscape of Montana taken by me during my residency along with a handwritten thank you note!

$100.00 - 2/two ceramic tiles (5"x5") made by me during the residency at Red Lodge Clay Center!!!

$150.00 - 1/one tea cup and saucer with a personal message of thanks on the saucer made by me during the residency at Red Lodge Clay Center. 

$300.00 - 1/one tea cup and saucer with a personal message of thanks on the saucer along with a ceramic tile (5" x 5") made by me during the residency and a handwritten thank you note!

$500.00 - 2/two tea cup and saucer set along with 2/two ceramic tiles (5"x5") made by me during the residency - with a personal message of thanks on the saucer and a handwritten thank you note!

$1000.00 - 1/one teapot, 4/four tea cups/saucer set,  2/two ceramic tiles (5"x5") made by me during the residency, a personal message of thanks written on the saucer, a set of $25.00 donor level postcards and a handwritten thank you note!

Tiles above are selections made by current $50.00 level donors from my current body of work!!! A limited number are still available from my current body of work….HOWEVER - $100.00 donor level gets you a pair of NEW tiles that I will make during the residency at Red Lodge Clay Center!!!!!!!!

because I am not a self-made artist

$50.00 donor level reward - tiles!!!!!!

$50.00 donor level reward - tiles!!!!!!

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KICKSTARTER UPDATE!!!!

Hey all - I just wanted to post and update of my KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN for Red Lodge Clay Center.

I am 35% funded towards my goal with 16 DAYS TO GO!!! I 

Currently I have 18 backers who have donated to support my project at Red Lodge Clay Center and I am so very thankful for their support…..

I still have a ways to go to reach my goal! I am raising funds for roundtrip travel to Red Lodge Montana, materials costs for my project, exhibition costs, lodging and shipping!

I have some great donor rewards for all levels of donation!!!!

I HAVE ADDED 10 MORE DONOR REWARDS FOR THE $50.00 LEVEL AS THEY HAVE ALREADY SOLD OUT!!!! 

If you haven't had a chance - PLEASE CHECK OUT MY KICKSTARTER PROJECT PAGE!!!

This residency at Red Lodge Clay Center is really important as it is the opportunity for me to visually materialize the research and experiences of my Fulbright grant in India as well as the mission for Red Lodge Clay Center to promote social and community engaging projects.

I hope you find my project compelling and meaningful as my current backers have an support me in making my project and the mission of the MJ DO GOOD residency at Red Lodge possible!!!……..because I AM NOT A SELF-MADE ARTIST…..

Thanks!!!!!

-Chotsani

KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!!!!

Hey all,

I have officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to support my upcoming residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana!

THE DEADLINE TO RAISE MY GOAL OF $4,500 IS DECEMBER 13, 2013 AT 8PM!!!!!!!

CURRENTLY I HAVE 5 BACKERS AND A TOTAL OF $360.00 RAISED - WILL YOU BE THE NEXT BACKER???? HOPE SO!!!!

I am raising funds to cover the cost of roundtrip transportation, materials, lodging and shipping of work directly related to the residency and exhibition.

I have created a special video to highlight the focus of the residency on my Kickstarter page to view and learn more about the project and how you can participate in supporting my project.

I have also made some nice donor rewards…..so when you get a chance, check out my Kickstarter page and video and hopefully you will be inspired to support!!!!! 

CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO VIEW  MY KICKSTARTER PROJECT PAGE / VIDEO!

Thanks!!! MONTANA OR BUST!!!!!

 

Recognition: The veiled lives of tea and cotton plantations. Serving tea and responding to their story. MJ DO GOOD Residency - Red Lodge Clay Center - Montana. KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!!!!  

Recognition: The veiled lives of tea and cotton plantations. Serving tea and responding to their story.

MJ DO GOOD Residency - Red Lodge Clay Center - Montana.

KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!!!!

 

Heading west soon.........

I am very excited to post the news that I will be heading to Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana next year!!!! I have been selected as the Inaugural short term resident of the MJ Wood Do Good Memorial Residency in March and April 2014. This residency focuses on providing artists the opportunity to begin a new body of work with a strong social focus and community engagement. This residency will allow me to  materialize the research and experiences of my Fulbright. Click on the image to view the announcement and see more about the project proposal and residency. 

 

This time last year.........

This time last year, I was on a flight to India to begin my Fulbright Fellowship! I remember each moment clearly. My flight details were changed at the last minute by the airline.....I was leaving 6 hours earlier than expected, I cried at the airport as I said good-bye to my parents, cried on the plane, had to fly out of the way to Minneapolis instead of New York, only to then fly over New York again to Paris, 10 hours. My 3 hour layover in Charles DeGaulle airport gave me time to brush the rust off my high school and college french  and 8 1/2 hours later I Ianded in the New Delhi airport. I couldn't believe I was in India and had no idea what lie ahead of me. I spent 4 days in New Delhi before I boarded a plane and headed to Varanasi, my host city. My nine-months in India was extraordinary and life changing. I did a ton of travel, met wonderful people and most of all learned so much about myself, as cliche as that may sound - its true.

I have been home for the last three months. Although I have long unpacked my luggage, everyday since returning I continue to unpack the experiential elements of my time in India. In India, an hour could be like a day, a day could be like a minute and a minute could feel like an hour. I was learning and doing at the same time. India moves fast and slow at the same time, anyone who has been there, knows exactly what I am talking about. This is especially true of the city of Varanasi. The full spectrum of life is the pulse of this city. The past, present and future coexist in this ancient city and sets before oneself questions, challenges and lessons that have are forever imprinted in my memory.....in a good way. I will never forget this time in my life, I will never see things the same ever again.........

Those of you who followed my blog will see that I have a new website and format, the Apple application, iWeb that I used to blog while I was in India is no longer supported by Apple. So, I had to find a new website program. Unfortunately, I couldn't transfer the old blog into this new website, but I will try and revisit and include elements of the old blog for old times sake.

I am happy to be home and excited about the future. 

So, on the anniversary of my departure to India, I begin a new post-India/Fulbright blog here at home. I hope my posts are half as exciting as my India blog posts now that I am back in the comforts of home..........

 

Me, Chotsani at Chousatti Ghat in Varanasi........