Future ✿ The road ahead

“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.”

Mahatma Gandhi, Young India, June 1, 1921


De-globalisation has seen the emergence of new walls, bolstered by the “My Country First” principle. But the benefits of self-interest are short-term. Our worlds are interwoven. Learning about other cultures helps us better understand our own. And as climate change shows us, we ultimately share the planet as a common home.

Let’s build doors, not walls!

Garland is a platform that can connect people of different cultures through a shared interest in what we can make of our world. Our five-year journey across the Indo Pacific brings together a unique network of thinkers and makers. We’ve learnt a lot. There is extraordinary work out there that would otherwise be overlooked. A craft revival movement is emerging that translates cultural traditions into contemporary form. There is much to do.

“Garland is very valuable to me, where I can know and learn new art and craft, culture from lots of countries, without travelling by ourselves.” Janet Teowarang

Your help is required as we move into this new phase. How can Garland be useful to you? How would you like to connect with other makers and thinkers in the wider world? Let us know your thoughts by filling out our survey.

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The image above is a Garland cover by Afsaneh Ahmadiana from series of handmade covers made by Iranian refugees at the beginning of the Garland journey.