Contemporary Palestinian art finds its roots in folk art, culture and traditions. After the Nakba of 1948, nationalistic themes emerged as Palestinian artists used diverse media and street art to explore and express their struggle, identity and connection with their homeland.
Traditional Palestinian embroidery involves the use of various techniques to create attractive designs, and in many Palestinian homes, young women are taught the cross-stitch and other embroidery techniques by their mothers and grandmothers. Cross-stitching might be relatively simple, but creating a large patterned design takes perseverance, skill an accuracy.
The embroidery practice became a source of income for many Palestinian families as several patterns are combined with non-clothing items including accessories, bags, purses and other items. We welcome volunteers to share their art and design skills and ideas by offering workshops and training to students and women to enable them to develop and expand this much-needed source of income. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn traditional Palestinian embroidery from local women.
Street art is widespread in Palestinian refugee camps, villages and towns, and such forms of art expression allow participating volunteers to integrate dynamic and creative ideas into their projects. Volunteers will also participate in art and upcycling workshops that enable them to understand the complexities and emotions expressed in Palestinian art and culture. They will have the opportunity to work alongside Palestinian artists and share their skills, as well as develop and teach art classes in refugee camps.
This is a unique and exciting program that allows you to develop, share and expand your art and design skills. Whether you are a student or a person with a profession who seeks inspiration for a new project, this one is for you.