Inspired and touched by the idea of The Fair Trade Factory, run by Rose Makoyla (from Tanzania) and Fiona Vloet (from The Netherlands), to build a transparent and fair sewing workshop engaging the Tanzanian seamstresses, I decided to donate two of my paintings.
I was already familiar with their website: http://www.thamanifashion.nl/, where eco-friendly and fair fashion goes hand in hand with highly fashionable and colorful Tanzanian wear for women and men.
When I read about this latest project on http://www.pimpmyfactory.com/ I was thrilled by the idea but what struck me most was the transparency. There is a list of the products and things (secondhand) they need for the workshop; divided from the absolute necessary to a bit of luxury (electric kettle). People who donated are mentioned on the website with their donation: sewing materials like; cloths, sewing machines and such, paint for the walls, a coffee machine and services like; writing an article, a cover in a radio-show and by doing so providing fee promotion.
On the list there was also ‘paintings to cheer up the walls’. I thought immediately of two of my paintings, with the suitable names: Life is Beautiful and Let’s Begin, which would be perfect on the wall. Happily Fiona and Rose, shared my idea! I received a nice and personal thank you email with the latest update about the project.
The workshop will be ready the end of July, and my paintings are on the way to Tanzania. I would like to thank The Fair Trade Factory for welcoming my work. I wish them all the best and really looking forward to the result.