Sketch of the day: Scarf fashions croquis

Sketch, Street scene, Turkey

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I was waiting for someone outside a mall in eastern Turkey and started noticing the women’s fashion, specifically the clothes of the ones following an Islamic dresscode with hair and limbs covered (lots dressed in the same way as women in secular places). At a first glance they all looked like they followed the same dress code: headscarf tucked in, overcoat buttoned over dress. But it quickly became apparent that the details matter. Older, more conservative-looking women had the ends of their scarf hanging down under their chin, younger and trendier ones tucked the ends into the scarf. Some had cardigans, others that strange overcoat with a double row of buttons, some floaty long vests. Skinny jeans and ballerinas were much in evidence. Muslim dresscode – here’s yet another example of how it’s not an oppressive imposition. Here are my three-second croquis done standing up in a little notebook.

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Festival session in – Batman!

Events, graphic recording, Inclusion, Sports and Development, Turkey

This month sees Development Cartoons in action in Turkey. Here are some photos from the end-of-project festival of ‘Start with Sports‘ in the delightfully named city Batman. 400 project-participant kids had to be entertained and edified and I, with Eija and Cihan on the team, ran a series of 20-minute sessions for them on ‘Drawing sports’. We used stick figures to draw action poses. The sprogs behaved admirably well and produced some expressive football, basketball and badminton drawings.

Heads down - there's only ten minutes to draw!

Heads down – there’s only ten minutes to draw!

Development Cartoons in action!

Development Cartoons in action.

Not enough space at the big tables for the whole group!

Not enough space at the big tables for the whole group…

Over-shoulder peek

Over-shoulder peek

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Drawing materials after the end of the festival.

Drawing materials after the end of the festival.

Roll up, roll up

Events, Inclusion, Sports and Development, Turkey, Vector graphics

The signs for the Inclusion through Sports are here! Development Cartoons were in more-than-life sized glory all over the closing conference.

Welcome to the conference.

Welcome to the conference.

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Sports festival signs ready

Events, Inclusion, Sports and Development, Turkey, Vector graphics

My Inkscape illustrations for the ‘Social Inclusion through Sports‘ project’s summer festivals are done and printed! Here’s a pleasing photo of what it looks like in real life. The good people at Sports Inclusion have printed eight of these.
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Smoother lines, smoother moves

Inclusion, Sports and Development, Turkey, Vector graphics

The vector graphics are turning out nice… smooth as a pleasant workout. This pilates image is one of a series for the Social Inclusion through Sports programme’s end-of-project festivals, to be shown on the signs around the festival areas. These graphics can be blown up to the required size – a meter square – without looking pixelated.
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For how many minutes can you hold the plank position?

Sports and Development

education, Inclusion, Sports and Development, Training materials, Turkey

My most recent commissions have been to produce training and publicity materials for the EU project “Start with Sports” (full title ‘Technical Assistance for Supporting Social Inclusion through Sports Education’) in Eastern Turkey. The enthusiastic people at ‘Sporla Basla’ are involving kids, teenagers and young adults in games and sports with elements of cooperation, self-awareness and self-confidence, consideration and even CV writing. It’s been a pleasure to draw for their calendars, training materials and the Disabled Inclusion and Healthy Families projects.

I think development through games and sports is a great idea. (The Finnish NGO LiiKe Ry do something similar in Tanzania!) I’ve seen at first hand how people can flourish when they get good at something physical – in my case, I’m talking about the Brazilian martial art capoeira. With games you can really cheer up people, give them self-confidence, remind them that they are valuable, give them a space to make friends… an excellent base for the bigger development goal of a healthy, ingenious population who demand their rights!

For the Sports and Inclusion illustrations I was able to travel to Diyarbakir where the project HQ is, and see at first hand who is involved. I’ve lived in Turkey before but hadn’t been to the eastern parts. I gave a capoeira workshop to a motley crew of Inclusion through Sports enthusiasts ranging from nine-year-old girls to some Korean martial arts practitioners asking questions like “Doesn’t anyone win??”. It was a challenge but life’s not supposed to be so easy, eh?

Young people making good use of the municipal stadium in Diyarbakir

Young people making good use of the municipal stadium in Diyarbakir