SANTA FE INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET
7/2010

For the fourth year GTG has been selected to participate in the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, the largest event of it’s kind in the world.
This year the market featured over 150 artists from more than 50 countries.





GTG AT THE "TEXTILE ART BERLIN"
6/2010

Textile Art Berlin will be held on 19th and 20th of June.





DRESS AND TEXTILES OF DUKHOBORS
5/2010

The exhibition of traditional dress and textiles of Dukhobors at the State Silk Museum was dedicated to the International Museum Day. This year, the theme of International Museum Day was “Museums for social harmony”.





BLUE TABLECLOTH BY VENDO TSURTSUMIA
4/2010

The exhibition about the work of Vendo Tsurtsumia is a collaborative project of the State Silk Museum and the GTG.
Vendo Tsurtsumia is one of the few Georgian artists, who still works on the Blue Table Cloth and keeps the tradition alive. In his work he uses traditional patterns but he had developed his own technique, as the original one got lost.
Through this exhibition the GTG and the State Silk Museum would like to promote Vendo’s work, to increase attendance to Folk Art of Georgia and inspire artists to work on revival of the vanishing techniques and crafts.





State Silk Museum
1/2010

The State Silk Museum has now the website.
The Museum is one the most important partners of the GTG.





THANKS
12/2009

to our friends abroad for their long-lasting support and encuragement which was invaluable for the succesful completion of our projects with women and children affected by war in August 2008.





GORI: IDP WOMEN AND CHILDREN PSYCHO-SOCIAL REHABILITATION TROUGH ART AND CRAFT
12/2008

The purpose of the program “Kamara II” is to assist some of the IDP women and children housed at the refugee camp and various state buildings in Gori and Gori residents affected by war. GTG has conductud daytime activities in visual arts and handicraft development for more than 100 people.
The Kamara art and craft program engaged different age groups in age-appropriate activities. For children: basics of drawing and painting, simple craft techniques, art theory, and animated pictures. For adult women and teenager girls: instruction in felting, weaving, embroidery and other craft techniques drawn from various traditional fiber arts.





AN URGENT APPEAL FROM GTG
08/2008

In recent weeks, the world has watched with horror the unfolding conflict between Georgia and Russia. As a result of the conflict, UNHCR estimates that close to 115 000 people have been displaced from their homes. Many of them are now housed in empty schools and other facilities in Tbilisi, which have been converted into emergency shelters.

Looting, arson attacks, and reported abductions by Russian and Ossetian forces have terrorized the local ethnic Georgian civilian population. The destruction and uncertainity has forced them to flee their homes, and even now prevents displaced people from returning home. Hardest hit are the young families, women and children, who are innocent victims of the brutal events taking place around them. Many children are traumatized, and will need help reintegrating back into any semblance of normal life.

GTG members, to provide relief to refugees from the Tskhinvali region, have begun providing daytime craft activities for displaced women and their children. The visitors have welcomed not only the food and human kindness they find at GTG, but also the opportunity to relax and to learn, to create and to express themselves through artistic activities. Enthusiasm is high, both among GTG’s visitors and its regulars, to continue this work and interaction in weeks and months to come.

We are in urgent need, however, of financial support for these activities. GTG spends about $50 per day providing fruit and drinks for the refugees and needs at least $30 per day to provide materials for these budding artisans to learn with.

Please consider sending funding now, of any amount, to assist GTG in providing this lifeline for our traumatized fellow citizens. You will be funding a posititve engagement in life, renewal, and revitalization for people who are the most affected by this terrible tragedy.





GTG AGAIN IN SANTA FE
05/2008

After our successful participation last summer, GTG has been accepted for the 5th International Folk Art Market 2008 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. GTG has started selection of items for this year’s market. About 200 artisans from all over Georgia are working on the new Santa Fe collection. We are still seeking financial support for our participation and travel expenses.





JOAN MORRIS: WORKSHOPS ON NATURAL DYEING
10/2007

Joan Morris is an internationally known textile artist specializing in shaped-resist dyeing. She created Shibori fabrics for Julie Taymor’s award winning Broadway production «The Lion King».
Seminars in Zemo Alvani and Zemo Vardzia Nunnery included teaching indigo-vat dyeing along with other natural dye processes. The seminar was higly attended by representatives of various community groups from all over Georgia. Seminar expenses were partly covered by the TASO Foundation.





KAREN MUSGRAVE: QUILT WORKSHOPS
10/2007

In 2003, American quilt artist and teacher Karen Musgrave made her first trip to Georgia and established the Georgian Quilt Group in Tbilisi. During her fifth trip to Tbilisi in November 2007, Karen conducted three master classes with the Georgian Quilt Group and established another quilt project in Akhalkalaki (Southern Georgia). Thirteen women participated in two intensive workshops in piecing, appliqué and hand quilting. Karen donated all the quilt supplies while the GTG donated a sewing machine for the new studio.





IAAB SCHOLARSHIP FOR NINO KUPRAVA
06/2007

Nino Kuprava of GTG participated in an international exchange and studio program (IAAB) in Basel (CH) and Freiburg (D) from January to June 2007. Her final exhibition and performance together with Swiss-Iranian artist Parwin Hadina in Kulturwerk T66 was very impressive.





GEORGIAN FOLK ART IN SANTA FE, NM
07/2007