5 ROTA students, and professors take part in Tasmeem Doha 2013 | Press Releases

5 ROTA students, and professors take part in Tasmeem Doha 2013
15 April 2013

This year’s international design conference – Tasmeem Doha 2013, organized by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUQatar) has been a memorable event for Reach Out To Asia (ROTA),Qatar’s leading non-profit organization. 

Tasmeem Doha 2013 held from 10 to 17 March, 2013 brought together leading scholars, designers and artists, but the event was made special with the participation of 5 ROTA students from Indonesia and Afghanistan along with their professors.

 Tasmeem Doha 2013 includes a series of exhibitions, presentations by artists, designers and architects who have realized projects in the country, and a series of workshops and labs for students.

Mr. Mohammad Tamim Sahbbzada, a teacher of miniature painting working in calligraphy department in Murad Khane Institute, Kabul had an incredible experience in Tasmeem.

“It was a great opportunity for me to attend this workshop and conference as I learned lots of things and interacted with different people from different cultures and developed networking. I learned a different prospective of miniature painting and Islamic art through witnessing work from different part of the World.  I am grateful to ROTA and TMF to provide me such an incredible opportunity”.

Reach Out To Asia partnered with Turquoise Mountain Foundation to implement a community development project in Kabul during 2008-2011.

For Oktarina Isnaini, a grade X1 textiles student from a ROTA sponsored school in Bayat, Indonesia, taking part in Tasmeem Doha 2013 was a dream come true.“I wanted to have more knowledge about Qatar so that I could introduce diversity, culture, and art in Indonesia, especially in Bayat. This event has given me all that I have always yearned for.” “After meeting new and inspiring people from all over the world. In Qatar, I am more inspired and encouraged to work hard. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, and I will share this rich experience with all my friends, family, and teachers.”

Febriyani Eka Putri, another student from the ROTA sponsored school in Bayat, Indonesia, studying Ceramic, the experience of Tasmeem Doha 2013 will be long cherished experience. "I wanted to have more in-depth t knowledge about my majors (Ceramic Craft). This was a great opportunity to learn exactly that. Now I am more confident about my subject, courtesy ROTA for bringing me to Qatar for Tasmeem Doha 2013. I am indebted to ROTA for giving me this opportunity to enhance my knowledge”

Febriyani Eka Putri, who traveled out of Indonesia for the first time, the experience in Qatar will transform her life for ever. As Febriyani Eka Putri says, “I was very excited to visit Qatar. The valuable experience I have gained here will make a long lasting impact in my life. I have learnt so many things here which I never got to know before. I have always wanted to develop my entrepreneurial skills and spirit. My biggest hope is that my work will be acceptable internationally. The variety of workshops that I have attended during Tasmeem Doha 2013, and the high caliber speakers whom I have heard will surely help building a ceramic center in Bayat".

Melanie McClintock, a BFA Fashion Design graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, now working in Indonesia, to lead an educational art project Indoartamiks in the nearby village of Bayat, Klaten, was one of high profile professional to take part in the Tasmeem Doha 2013.

Indoartamiks selected students for participation in Tasmeem with five  criteria including  exhibition pooling, facebook pooling, class attending, statement, and  english test.

Indoartamiks is a dynamic new educational program focused on increasing the creative and entrepreneurial skills of vocational craft students and their community in Indonesia.  .

 Melanie McClintock presented at Tasmeem about Indoartamiks, a dynamic new educational program focused on increasing the creative and entrepreneurial skills of vocational craft students and their community in Bayat, Java, Indonesia.

Indoartamiks was initiated as a direct response to a group of ceramic craftswomen requesting ways to innovate their traditional products in the increasingly competitive global economy.  Melanie McClintock, then a volunteer from VCUQatar, created an experimental, collaborative project between the craftswomen, vocational students (both ceramic and textile), and a group of established graffiti artists from the thriving street art scene in nearby Jogjakarta, a city renowned for their art and culture.

Upon successful completion of the pilot, the project received funding from Reach Out to Asia and Vodafone and is now under the guidance of their local affiliate association, Titian Foundation, to continue as a two-year experimental program.

 Indoartamiks is based on the principle that free experimentation allows the problem-solving aspect of art and design to be processed. Local graffiti artists (chosen for their style, ability, and fearless free expression) offer their art and design principles as a creative stimulus for the participant to communicate the gap between their daily experiences and tradition to create a new, hybrid product.  The participants construct mental and physical models through experimentation, making, and critical analysis for public exhibition, thus giving them the skills to confidently translate ideas into meaningful and viable products to market.