Kushi and Komal
Documentary images for Kushi and Komal
Kushi and Komal. Illustrations in progress. Watercolour, thread, found material, fabric, paper. 30cmx20cm each.
Kushi and Komal is story based on Pakhiwas children and their life as I observed in two communities situated in Lahore, Pakistan. Initial stages of developing illustrations for the story occurred over four months of immersive drawing and filming within these communities as part of a project with Slumabad School, an initiative providing mobile education for the Pakhiwas community.
Kushi and Komal is a textless work introducing characters and a story flow through pictures. Supported by a set of films the idea is to open a window into story as inspired by a real-world social and cultural context.
As a visual story contextualised in Pakhiwas culture, Kushi and Komal aims to offer a pedagogical tool for teaching English and Urdu literacy.
Potential exercises and activities will involve:
Oral language skills and writing embedded in activities with responding to pictures
Oral language skills and writing embedded in learning about Pakhiwas culture through pictures and films
Oral language skills and writing embedded in learning about the techniques used to pictures
Oral language skills and writing embedded in classes that guide children to learn techniques used to make the pictures, such as drawing, painting, collage, sewing, and methods with found material.
Motor skills development through learning particular art techniques used in making the illustrations