Welcome to the Middle East and North African Inspired Swap - A swap for all things inspired by this truly inspiring region of the world!Galleryhttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271416.0
There has been extensive pre-swap discussion for this swap here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=183433.0
including a fantastic list of resources from Jillie which I have included below, for which we must thank her - and also for starting the discussion.
You will be making crafts inspired by the Middle East and North Africa! You can use supplies from the region, make traditional Arabic crafts, swap recipes and music from the region or make anything you wish inspired by the theme!
This swap is open to everyone! You don't have to live in or be from the region, just be inspired by it.
In case anyone was wondering, by North African I am meaning Saharan countries and those further north, i.e. Morocco, Tunisa etc.
Swap name: Middle East/North Africa Inspired Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Kenners
Sign-up date range: 22nd August 2008 - 30th August 2008
Date to send item by: 30th September 2008
Limited to a certain number of people?: No, although I will be looking for a co-organiser if number reach 20+ - volunteers welcome!
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NoSwap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: Yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: Yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: Yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: Yes
Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: Yes
- Has posted at least 15 times: Yes
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: Yes
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: Yes
- Does not have any negative feedback: Yes
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: Yes
This swap is for all those inspired by the Middle East and North Africa, whether they be inspired by the culture, language, food, art, landscape or anything else.
We will be creating 1 large or two medium items, and two small items. The majority of these items should be crafted. If you want to send more items, different sized items etc please communicate with your partner about this! Please read the Swap Info Guide
, it contains lots of information including item 'size' guidlibnes. Its very useful.
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)
Are there any colours that you love?:
Any that you hate?:
Any pet hates, for instance a fabric that you just can't stand?:
Would the items you craft come into contact with any allergens? Animals, smoke etc.:
Do you have a website, blog or wist you would like to share?:
Do you wear jewellery, if so what varieties/sizes?:
Do you wear clothes, if so what variety/sizes?:
What crafts would you like to use for this swap?:
Any ideas of what you would particularly like to recieve?:
Tell us a little about why and how you are inspired by the Middle East/North Africa:
Are there any particular aspects of the area that inspire you? For instance Islamic Art, history,the Sahara, Belly dancing etc.:
Do you have a favourite country from the region?:
Is there anything else you would like to share? Maybe you've been to the region and have some stories to tell, or Iranian bands to share? Who knows, this is the bit for everything and anything:
Please feel free to link to any relevant pictures that you find particularly inspiring or that you just plain love!:
ENDIF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
I'm in the UK, so all dates and times will be British Summer Time, so the close for sign ups is midnight on 30th August BST.
I also reserve the right to deny applications entrance to the swap if they have multiple feedback comments relating to poor communication or late sending. If you have any concerns about this please PM me.
I have probably missed something important - Let me know if I have!Swap Participants
1 - Mimik
2 - Scotskipper402
3 - Therisa
4 - Saturn
5 - Kenners
6 - Jaybee
7 - Bezoona
8 - israeli_chicPartners
Israeli_chic <---> Bezoona
Therisa <---> Saturn
Scotskipper402 <---> Jaybee
Kenners <---> MimikResources
- feel free to post any more in the thread if you have them!General Art/Crafts
"What is Islamic Art?": http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art30068.asp
Libyan Art: http://www.libyana.org/art/
Egyptian artisans: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/catalog/artisan.list_by_country.php?country_id=39
Moroccan Art: http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.art-maroc.co.ma%2Findex.htm&langpair=fr%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&prev=%2Flanguage_toolsEmbroidery:
Islamic patterns: http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/10317.asp
Palestinian embroidery: http://www.sabellaphoto.com/embroidery1.htmTextiles:
Afghani/Pakistani: http://www.marlamallett.com/afghani.htmMiddle Eastern Dance
(also known as Belly Dancing): http://www.shira.net/http://www.bellydance.org/Calligraphy:http://www.arabiccalligraphy.com/ac/galleries.phphttp://www.al-bab.com/arab/visual/calligraphy.htmClothing:
Traditional clothing: http://www.sfusd.k12.ca.us/schwww/sch618/Clothing/Islam_Clothing,_Jewelry_Ma.html
Clothing tutorials: http://www.knowledgehound.com/topics/middleea.htm
Islamic clothes sellers: http://www.modernmuslima.com/clothiers.htm
Hijab (head scarves): http://www.thehijabshop.com/Jewellry:http://www.sfusd.k12.ca.us/schwww/sch618/Clothing/Jewelry.htmlhttp://www.importu.com/middleeast.html
Silver jewellry: http://www.oldbeads.com/east.htmlArabic Hennahttp://www.4to40.com/activities/artcraft/html/mehandihenna02.htm
A video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64tkNv4rqk0