New York Folklore opened its exhibition gallery with an exhibition of ebru paintings by Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu. Hatice Erbas-Sorkunlu is an ebru artist originally from Turkey, currently living in Buffalo. Hatice studied the traditional Turkish tile art of çini at university, and during her studies became interested in ebru. Hatice learned to do ebru while living in Istanbul and later taught traditional Turkish arts to international students at Fasl-ı Bahar, an Islamic College. Hatice has been practicing ebru for 6 years. For this exhibition, Hatice is exhibiting ten framed pieces that illustrate different ebru techniques, with some incorporating Turkish paper cutting.
Erbas-Sorkunlu provided a hands-on ebru workshop for the public and she was in attendance for the exhibition’s opening reception. Her travel and her participatory workshop were made possible by a grant from the Schenectady Initiative Program. The exhibit will be on view through Labor Day 2019.
New York Folklore underwent extensive renovations and building upgrades to open its new exhibition gallery at the end of March. A grant from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation provided funds to conduct renovations that included floor repair, painting, carpet installation, and the addition of upgraded ambient and track lighting. As part of New York Folklore’s rebranding efforts, the upgrade also included a new sign for the building’s façade.
Rockland County native, Freia M. Titland, is no stranger to combining filmmaking and folklore. Her previous work (Ophelia and Magic and Shakespeare: a Representation of the Times) focuses both on the magical and ethereal and how those elements present themselves in Shakespeare’s work. Titland has also produced a handful of creative films and photographic projects (Woman of the Wood and A Mermaid’s Desire) that focus on the re-imagining of the Tarot World Wheel. Her latest project, however, brings her closer to her Norwegian roots as she explores the intricate world of Norse mythology through the eyes of a child.
Asta’s Journey is a 2D animated film that tells the story of a young girl on the eve of her 9th birthday. Asta wishes for two things in honor of her birthday: to see her mother who has passed away, and to go on an adventure so she can encounter the creatures that she likes to read about in her fairytale books. Asta gets a bit more than what she wishes for as she embarks on an adventure through a magical and dangerous forest in order to help a new friend. The forest is riddled with creatures from Norse mythology and Asta must outsmart them, outrun them, be brave, and have faith.
Asta’s Journey is fiscally sponsored by the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). There you can learn more about the movie and see a glimpse of the animation to come. Freia Titland and team will be releasing their crowdfunding campaign on Seed&Spark in May. In order to stay up to date with Asta you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram.