Last year we were presented with an amazing opportunity to use our craft to help tell the story of a couple Los Angeles based artists and an organization in Bangladesh that they work very closely with. This organization is called Prokritee and they employ women in rural areas of Bangladesh and teach them craft skills, and then sell the end products to companies and people around the world.
Annika Buxman of De Milo Design has been using their hand made paper but wanted to to help expand the capabilities specific to marbled paper. So, in December, along with Annika and a few others, we packed up and left for Bangladesh, for what would be a whirlwind few days of workshops and exploration around the country.
We were thrilled to not only get to photograph the marbling process, but also the paper making process, some of the culture and ambiance of Bangladesh, and some wonderful portraits of the women involved. We played dual roles on this trip filming a promo video for De Milo Designs to help tell this story, as well as to capture it in photographs.
While this is not the first time we have had the opportunity to travel internationally for a shoot, we are always so thrilled and jump at the chance, whenever it comes up. We were able to meet and work with some amazing people on this trip, and look forward to visiting with them again.