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Update #6

Cultural exchange reknit 1/1/11

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A heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported us, and the many who blogged, Facebooked, tweeted and talked about our project these past 60 days. We learned so much here at Kickstarter. We may not have reached our goal this time, but look for us back with renewed energy, streamlined ambitions (for now), and a new cultural knit up project on 1/1/11.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season, and a New Year full of creative forces bridging cultures.

All the best,
Catherine and Abit


Update #5

Approaching the line

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Posting our workshop project here on Kickstarter has been a great learning experience. Like any creative endeavor, a designer has to learn the proper language to be able to communicate their important idea, that seed with origins in the soul they must nurture into reality.

While I'm happily researching and planning for our 2011 workshops this winter, I know that we have a long way to go to reach the ambitious funding goal we set here. Our seeds have been planted, but are taking just a little longer to sprout...but they will.

We'll keep pushing boundaries, resetting those lines. Read more here:

http://bazaarbayar.blogspot.com/2010/12/full-bloom.html

Thanks, Catherine & Abit


Update #4

Updated video...

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Hi all!

I updated the video with some new photos and descriptions of what we'll be doing and what you'll get for backing us. Also thought you'd like to see some of the women of our family who will be involved in our project. The text is still quirky though, but it reads fine on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Thankfully, I'm a far better knitter and designer than video maker - however, I hope the color, the joy and the creativity is apparent. Enjoy!


Update #3

The Girl Effect

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There are no coincidences. Just as I was about to post on my blog, Tales from Turkey, about my primary motivation for creating our handcraft workshops, the Universe beat me to it.

Thank you to Rose Deniz, Anastasia Ashman, and Tara Mohr - now, please read more here. Learning about the "Girl Effect" is no big deal. But it may just save humanity.

http://bazaarbayar.blogspot.com/2010/11/girl-effect-hits-home.html


Update #2

Grateful!

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Thanks to everyone who has become a backer so far!

I'm packing up to for my annual work trip to California, but will be back in Istanbul mid-February or sooner if I can. Meanwhile, will be researching and planning workshops. Too many wonderful crafts to chose from, but next update - details about what's in the works.

Also putting together my group of crafting local women, many of whom live in our rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. As more hotels open in Istanbul's Old City, families are hard pressed to pay the escallating rents. But a neighborhood of artisans still survives here, and we hope to help it thrive. More on that next update as well.

Thanks for your help, Catherine & Abit


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    A gorgeous pair of KB Knitting’s hand painted wood ‘ebru’ knitting needles in the size and color of your choice, and 100 grams of their sifa silverized cotton yarn. KB Knitting supports artisans in the Marmara region, hard-hit in the 1999 earthquake. Plus an e-book download of the workshop of your choice, including visuals, dialogue and craft pattern.

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    Lots the goodies! Our hand knit soap bag/mitt in sifa cotton, Vie En Rose’s natural peppermint + sage soap. Plus our sifa + hemp natural back scrubber. A pair of KB Knitting’s hand painted wood ‘ebru’ knitting needles, plus 100 grams of sifa silverized cotton yarn. A basket of hamam delights from Vie En Rose: organic coffee & rose facial scrub, geranium & grape cleansing bar, and organic rose cream with rosehip seed. PLUS two tea blends: vie calm for de-stressing & sleep with organic chamomile & lavender, + vie energy, for energy with organic rosehips & ginger. AND: e-books download of all 8 workshops, including visuals, dialogue and craft patterns. Please note: all shipping is included if shipped via the Turkish PTT. If you'd like your reward shipped via DHL, please add $15 for rewards of $100 or more. Thanks!

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