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Help create the ultimate street art: painting a favela

Dutch artists Haas & Hahn are currently campaigning to raise funds for their latest art collaboration: to transform an entire favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with paint. Previously, they’ve worked with members of the local communities in the city to create street art on the walls and surfaces in parts of the city’s slums, and now they’re embarking on their most ambitious project yet.

Favela painting, findthedetails.com via designboom

An impression of how the finished favela will look, above, and how it looks today:

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Haas & Hahn’s first project, Boy with Kite (2006, Vila Cruzeiro), transformed this concrete neighbourhood:

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In 2010, the team worked on this colourful, ambitious project, a square in the Santa Marta community. Together with 25 locals who were trained and hired, the project took one month to complete, and has turned the area from a no-go zone to a tourist attraction:

favela painting, via findthedetails.com and designboom

favela painting via findthedetails.com and designboom favelapainting via findthedetails.com and designboom

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This latest huge, many-year project has it roots firmly in the community; from gaining approval for the painting (this means travelling through the favela, door to door), Haas & Hahn will work with local people, training them in the skills of plastering and painting, so creating neighourhood jobs alongside the creation of the public artwork. Basic human needs are also being addressed: simply by including plastering in the process, these handbuilt houses will have better longevity, temperature and moisture control. They’ll need headquarters, paint supplies, and huge amounts of funding, though their initial target is a restrained $100,000. 

Do use a click to visit Haas & Hahn’s Kickstarter and Favela Painting sites to help with the fundraising and view more of their work.

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Cockpit Arts – Open Studios Nov/Dec London

The supremely talented designer-makers who form Cockpit Arts are opening their doors for some ultra-special shopping at the end of November. A great place to kick start any Christmas shopping, come here too to be blown away by the talent: as well as ceramicists, stationers, home furnishing experts from textiles to lighting, there are also plenty of designers creating jewellery and clothing for adults and children.

If you can’t make it to their two London venues during these open studios (dates and details listed below) then do click on Culturelabel: the makers from Cockpit Arts have just started using this wonderful resource to sell their products online.

Here are some of my favourites for both Christmas, gifts and the home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the products above are designed, produced and created by members of Cockpit Arts.

Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios are taking place at their studios in Holborn 30 Nov – 2 Dec, and in Deptford from 7 – 9 December. See http://www.cockpitarts.com/shopping-events for detailed info.

(Background info: Cockpit Arts is a social enterprise that’s been helping artists and craftspeople develop their businesses since 1986. Culturelabel curate and collect art and artist-designed products, sourced from UK-based and international galleries, museum stores and  more)