Buhangija Orphanage in Shinyanga, Tanzania is a special orphanage that houses albino children and orphans. Buhangija offers the children protection from the vicious albino killings that take place in Tanzania everyday. The orphanage is in need of clothes, food and medicine supplies. Many people have stepped in and helped out this year, especially Telri's mom, Amanda. She has organised teachers, caregivers for the babies, classrooms, bedding, food, clothes, medicine and shade, which is vital for these children.
Amanda also makes toys for the children from recycled products and for Christmas 2014 she managed to throw a big Christmas party. There was dancing, sweets, food and a small gift for each child.
Currently there are 32 very young kids and babies under the age of 3 and we would like to raise funds to buy toys, art supplies and musical instruments for these kids. The way you can help is by buying one of the birdie paintings we have made especially to raise funds. Each birdie is hand painted with gouache and ink on an A6 artist paper. They are all originals and cost R200 each (excluding postage). If you would like to purchase one email us and let us know which number you would like.
Use above slideshow to see all the birdies. Please note some birdies have already been purchased. See all the images below of the happy kids at Buhangija.
All images of Buhangija provided by the group 'Friends of Buhangija'.
All the goodies we bought with the money donated for the birdies! The goodies include watercolour sets, markers, crayons, colouring pencils, coloured pens, lots of coloured papers, colouring books, drawing books, glue sticks, scissors, glitter, erasers, sharpeners, sidewalk chalk, cellotape, music rattles, tamborines, little arm wristband bells, puzzles, toy cars, dvds and a little table tennis set. The Atelier at 44 Stanley also donated some amazing lino print equipment for the older kids to use!
Thank you to everyone who contributed! The kids will love all their new goodies.
Podcasts are our top choice for background entertainment while working. We've spent many late nights screen printing, folding cards, hand binding books or finishing up logos in the company of a few really great podcasts.
Here's a list of the ones we love most.
This tiny radio show, hosted by Roman Mars, is about the unseen activities behind the design of ordinary objects. It’s a design podcast that plays out more like a forensic investigation. Each episode is smart, totally original and fun. Even if you aren’t into design or architecture the fascinating stories that unfold will keep you hooked.
99% invisible comes out weekly. Each episode is around the 20 minute mark, so they are really snappy and it’s so easy to binge on like 10 episodes in one go! It’s high up there on our must-listen list.
Each episode is different so no need to listen in any order. Here’s a few of our favourite episodes to get you started if you aren't already in love with the show:
Hosted by Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver, The Bugle is a satirical podcast that is both thought-provoking and hilarious! Listening to this podcast is a great way to catch up on global political events, it is way more entertaining than the newspaper.
Some of the titles include: "Goodness Gracious G8 Balls Of Tennis", "Dancefloor Diplomacy" and "Turbo Russia". The titles alone are pretty funny and if you’re a fan of John Oliver’s brand of humour you’ll love this podcast.
If you enjoyed Serial, you’ll pretty much love criminal. Even if you didn't enjoy Serial, you’ll probably still love Criminal.
Criminal is a true crime show, but not the typical murder mystery we are used to. Criminal tells the stories of people who've have been falsely accused, obsessed investigators or curious unexplained happenings. Be warned, not all of the episodes have happy endings and you’re often left hanging...
The episodes are around 20 minutes and they aren't serialized, so you can catch the latest show and dig in to the archives later.
Here are some of our favourites:
StartUp is a highly addictive serialized podcast. Alex Blumberg documents what starting a real business is like. It’s totally transparent, all the ups and downs, all the painful moments and all of the excitement of starting a business is recorded.
This podcast is full of lessons for anyone trying to start their own business, its great motivation too because everyone involved is extremely likable. We especially like Alex’s wife.
Each episode focuses on a key moments of starting a business, like pitching and idea, finding a partner, etc. The business (Gimlet Media) grows as the show progresses, so as a listener it feels like you are part of the adventure.
In Alex’s own words it’s the “origin story that we never get to hear.”
Reply all is about the internet, that sounds pretty techie, but the show really isn't.
The internet is full of memes, new ideas, interesting characters and fascinating stories. You really do want to know all about the guy who broke the internet or the guy who spends hours editing Wikipedia entries. Reply All covers all these untold stories that you really need to hear.
The storytelling is great and so are the guest interviews. It’s a lot like 99% Invisible.
As an extra bonus, this podcast has by far the coolest theme song and it's branding is pretty good too!
Check out these episodes:
If you love music as much as we do then this podcast is perfect for you. You get to listen to actual band members take apart their own songs and take you through the whole process of putting the song together.
The songs are broken down to their bare elements, so you get to the vocal track or the synth beat on its own. Each episode ends with the full song and you’ll appreciate it more knowing the whole story behind it.
A lot of our favourite bands and artists are featured in the podcast, but we've also discovered some new bands through the podcast, which is always a good thing!
Some of our favourites:
That's it for our list of favourite Podcasts. Please mention some of your favourites in the comments, we'd love to hear them.
Love Norwood Day an epic celebration of Norwood and it's surrounding neighbourhoods is happening on Sunday the 15th of Feb 2015.
The suburb is one of our favourites in the city. Many of the homes date back to the 20's and 30's, it's home to Johannesburg's oldest surviving pub and it was also once home to Ghandi. These are just a few reasons way we love our 'hood.
Brett McDougall is passionate about Norwood and he's working hard to promote and revive one of Johannesburg's most vibrant and diverse suburbs. We are so excited to be part of this really cool venture. Follow The Republic of Norwood on Facebook and Instagram.
The event will include a photo walk where participants are encouraged to instagram quirky things they see in the area. Also enter your instagram pics in the Love Norwood competition to win cool prizes! Just #lovenorwood - very easy! There will also be food trucks and space to picnic, so bring along a picnic blanket and your own wine (no alcohol for sale at the market). Kids will have their very own space to play in!
See the poster below for all the details.
Paper Snap will have a stand at the market and we will be doing some screen printing demos and selling a few products. It's bound to be a fun day out, we hope to see you there!
It was one of those perfect spontaneous experiences for us. We hadn't planned to see the exhibition, we just sort of stumbled in to it.
It was the very last day of the exhibition and the gallery was closing for the year, Benjamin was heading back to France that afternoon and despite all of that he was amazing enough to hang out with us and tell us all about his exhibition and experiences in Svalbard!
Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, it's right in between the North Pole and Norway. It's one of the northernmost settlements in the world. The photos that Benjamin took were taken at 20° from the North Pole.
Benjamin was the first French artist and researcher invited to participate to the Arctic Circle Residency 2013. He told us about how his guides had to go out and circle the area searching for polar bears to keep him safe while he explored and captured the island.
See some of his beautiful images below.
This hut is actually a world heritage site complete with a guest book that visitors can sign.
See the whole series here.
Benjamin is currently working on a new project called Art & Consciousness Expeditions #4. Check out his Tumblr page for more info.
We are so privileged to have met Benjamin, it's always so good to connect with an artist. It energises us and fills us with inspiration!
Immediately after the gallery visit we stopped at a nearby coffee shop where we bumped into some friends, we basically forced them to go to the exhibition before Benjamin packed it all away and headed back to France.
Team Paper Snap took a trip to Belgium last September. We spent a lot of time exploring our temporary home, Brussels. We got lost, did touristy things, spent loads of money on beer and waffels, but one of the most memorable experiences was attending Belgium's main comic book creation festival called Cultures Maison.
We picked up the Cultures Maison flyer at a book store because it looked quirky and interesting. We knew that when we got back home to Johannesburg we had to work hard on a series of prints for our first exhibition, we were searching for some inspiration and this festival seemed to be exactly what we needed!
The opening night of the festival finally arrived, we jotted down the directions and headed to the nearest tram stop. We were on our way to Maison des Cultures de Saint-Gilles, which is near the Brussels-South railway station.
We had previously spent some time wandering through Saint-Gilles during our trip. It's exactly the kind of neighbourhood that we are usually drawn to. It has an artistic energy, it's gritty and the population is multicultural and diverse.
We hopped off the tram at its very last stop, which made us a little nervous! We hadn't been to this part of St-Gilles before, the buildings here are semi-derelict and we felt a little bit lost. just as we started to doubt our directions we found artsy looking people crowded outside a building. We made it!
Cultures Maison is a three day long festival dedicated to micro-publishers and self-publishers. It started out in 2010 and features Belgian and International Publishers.
Comic books, Graphic Novels and zines are abundant, but you'll also discover amazing screen printed posters, stickers and postcards. The artists and publishers proudly stand by their work and are eager to chat to you as you browse through their collections. It was mind-blowing to meet the artists, even though we can't speak French, it was still really cool to express our appreciation of their work with a nod and a smile or an excited 'thumbs up'!
Check out some of the goodies we picked up at Cultures Maison.
Dieter Vdo, the painter responsible for the 2014 poster. We just love his in-your-face style. his illustrations are wild and loads of fun, a good mixture of warped and cute.
We fell in love with the work of Rebecca Rosen. This little book is called Down in The Deps and it's all about depanneurs (corner stores) in her area, St Henri, in Montreal, Canada. The entire book is screen printed, the front cover is 2 colours, while the inner pages are 4 colour prints.
More from Rebecca Rosen. This is a screen printed self-promo postcard, she was handing them out for free, the print is all about fishing for work in Brussels. Pretty smart.
Telri couldn't resist this miniature book called Promenades by the French Illustrator, Jean-Bon. There's a tiny house on each page.
Toutou Trame, by Aurélien Débat. His prints, stamps and sculptures are truly amazing!
This little book features beautifully screen printed Miasons. Check out more of Jerome Dubois' creations here.
La brûlure des Petits Dieux by Myriam Schüssler
This Jungle scene is so cool, the artist left their initials on the back of the print and that's all we have. We really want to credit them but we have no idea who they are! I guess the mystery adds to it.
Mystery solved! the illustrator is Yannick NorY, so happy to be able to share and credit Yannick's illustrations.
We couldn't leave without grabbing two editions of Ralf and Ron Ron by Rémy Benjamin. Rémy's comics are so youthful, we love his style. I only wish we could read French.
We really miss our visit to Belgium, it not only filled our studio shelves with amazing sources of inspiration, it also filled our minds with great memories and our hearts with a desire to create!
Brussels is a city for the interested and curious. You'll be rewarded for keeping your eyes and mind open.