Making Space:Sensing Place

In October 2009, along with artist Thurle Wright, I was awarded a Making Space:Sensing Place Fellowship; part of the HAT: Here and There International Exchange Programme, managed by A Fine Line:Cultural Practice. The Fellowship includes residencies with Britto Arts in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with Arts Reverie in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, with The V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green, London and with The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire. Working and collaborating with artists and craftspeople from the UK, Bangladesh and India, responding to the collections and spaces we encounter and sharing these experiences through a touring exhibition and educational workshops.

This blog, which is still developing and being added to, is a record of my experiences during the MS:SP Fellowship. Steven Follen.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Moving around: Old Dhaka


Many of the narrow streets barely allow for a cycle rickshaw to pass through. Across Dhaka rickshaws have been adapted to carry all manner of items. They move through the traffic quickly and easily. Trucks are only allowed into the city at night.

Beautiful baskets and tins are balanced with ease on peoples heads as they walk along. I liked their structure and the fullness of the form of the yogurt pots.

The brushes are made from the coconut tree. The detailing in the use of the tin cans, to hold all the strands together, replaces the more complex platting with coir, the forged metal ring and the pinnned tin strap. Inventive recycling but also the loss of a traditional skill (coir work/ forged work). The stacked papers are hand made paper bags made from recycled newspapers, craft skill and labour is cheap which allows for this.

Drawn lines in the sky