Designer Esther Sands, Duck Tape Artist John Catania, Mungbean

Designer Esther Sands, Duck Tape Artist John Catania, Mungbean


>>ANNOUNCER: PRODUCTION OF BROAD & HIGH IS FUNDED IN PART BY THE GREATER COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL. SUPPORTING ARTS, ADVANCING CULTURE AND CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY TO ARTISTS, EVENTS, AND CLASSES AT COLUMBUSMAKESART.COM.>>PNC. COMMITTED TO CENTRAL OHIO. FOR THE ACHIEVER IN YOU. FROM THESE CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS. AND VIEWERS LIKE YOU. THANK YOU!>>>THIS TIME ON BROAD & HIGH — MEET A COLUMBUS DESIGNER WHO FUSES AFRICAN AND ASIAN AESTHETICS INTO HER FASHIONS.>>I WILL CALL MY AESTHETIC MORE LIKE AN AFRO-FUSION.>>A DELAWARE-BASED ARTIST WHO CREATES MASTERPIECES OUT OF DUCK TAPE, AND WE’RE LAUNCHING A NEW IN-STUDIO MUSIC SERIES WITH A PERFORMANCE BY CENTRAL OHIO BAND MUNGBEAN. THIS AND MORE RIGHT NOW, ON “BROAD & HIGH.”>>>HEY. EVERYONE! I’M KATE QUICKEL AND WELCOME BACK TO “BROAD & HIGH.” CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS IS OUR 175TH EPISODE? WE FEEL SO PRIVILEGED FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL THE STORIES OF CREATIVITY THAT MAKE OUR CITY SO GREAT. SO LET’S JUST JUMP RIGHT IN TO OUR SIXTH SEASON. FIRST UP, WE’VE GOT A YOUNG FASHION DESIGNER WHO DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM THE COLORS AND PRINTS OF HER NATIVE GHANA IN WEST AFRICA AS WELL AS THE PATTERNS AND SILHOUETTES OF ASIA, TO CREATE A UNIQUE LOOK THAT SHE DESCRIBES AS “AFRO-FUSION.” HER NAME IS ESTHER SANDS, HER BRAND IS AMAMMRE, AND THIS IS HER STORY.>>WE’RE JUST GONNA MAKE A SKIRT, WHY NOT? I WAS BORN IN GHANA, WEST AFRICA. I CAME HERE WHEN I WAS 16. WENT TO SCHOOL IN WESTERVILLE, WENT TO OSU. GOT — FROM OSU. STARTED IN ENGINEERING. SO ENGINEERING, AND THEN I SWITCHED TO ART. MY DAY JOB IS QUALITY ASSURANCE FOR A PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY. I WILL CALL MY AESTHETIC MORE OF LIKE AN “AFRO-FUSION.” I LOVE DIFFERENT CULTURES. I COMBINE MY CULTURE WITH DIFFERENT CULTURES, MOSTLY ADD IN THE PRINTS AND THE FABRICS AND THE BRIGHTNESS OF MY CULTURE WITH LIKE, LET’S SAY A KIMONO. I LOVE ASIAN CULTURE. IT’S A LITTLE CLOSE TO MY CULTURE IN TERMS OF FOOD AND TRADITIONS, AND SO I WANTED TO TAKE THE TRADITIONAL CLOTHES, LIKE A — LIKE A KIMONO AND TRY AND MAKE THEM WITH ALL AFRICAN FABRIC. THE BRAND NAME IS AMAMMRE. “AMAMMRE” IN MY LANGUAGE WHICH IS THE AKAN — LANGUAGE, MEANS CULTURE OR TRADITIONS. THE MEN’S WEAR SPECIFICALLY, SINCE I’M SO NEW TO IT, I DO DRAW MY INSPIRATION FROM ASIAN MEN’S FASHION ëCAUSE IT’S SLEEK, IT’S NICE, IT’S SOPHISTICATED. THE BRAND TELLS A STORY. IT’S A WAY FOR THE CLIENT, THE CUSTOMER TO TELL THEIR OWN STORY OF BEING BOLD AND CONFIDENT. MY HUSBAND’S NAME IS JOSHUA SANDS. HE IS AWESOME. HE KIND OF PUSHES ME TO TAKE MORE RISK. AND HE’S A MECHANICAL ENGINEER. HE’S A DESIGN ENGINEER, AND HE SEWS AS WELL AND COSPLAYS AS WELL. AND HE’S CURRENTLY GOT INTO CHAINMAIL.>>FOR THIS ONE, YOU JUST BASICALLY HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT ONE RING IS GOING THROUGH SIX RINGS.>>WE DO COSPLAY. WE GO TO OHIO CON AND THE OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVALS, SO WE KIND OF DABBLE IN SOME FUN STUFF TOO. I LIKE THE PROCESS, HOWEVER, WHEN IT’S FINISHED AND YOU ACTUALLY SEE THE DESIGN IN YOUR HEAD COME TO LIFE, IT’S REALLY FULFILLING. THAT’S THE PART THAT I LOVE.>>>YOU CAN SEE MORE OF THE AMAMMRE FASHION LINE DESIGNED BY ESTHER SANDS AT AMAMMRE.COM, OR FIND HER ON INSTAGRAM. OUR NEXT STORY TAKES US UP TO DELAWARE, OHIO, WHERE WE FIND JOHN CATANIA. HE’S A GRAPHIC DESIGNER WHO ALSO DABBLES IN PAINT, MOSAICS, AND EVEN METAL. BUT WHEN HE STARTED USING DUCK TAPE, IT JUST, WELL, STUCK.>>I WAS DOING THE ART AT THE ARNOLD, WHICH IS ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER’S ANNUAL EVENT HERE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO. AND ONE YEAR, MY WIFE KIND OF PUSHED ME. SHE SAID, “WHY DON’T YOU TRY TO DO YOUR DUCK TAPE BIT AT THE ARNOLD. SO, I DID. I WAS WORRIED THAT I WASN’T GONNA HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO GET IT IN, SO I HAD BASICALLY TWO FULL — FULL DAYS, TWO FULL 8-HOUR DAYS. AND IN THE 16TH HOUR, I COMPLETED THE — MY VERY FIRST PIECE WHICH I DID IN 2013. IT WAS ACTUALLY THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY FOR THE ARNOLD CLASSIC. SO, IT GOT ENTERED AND IT ACTUALLY TOOK THIRD PLACE, WHICH I WAS VERY PROUD OF. AND THEN FROM THERE EVERY YEAR AFTER, I’VE BEEN DOING IT SINCE 2013. AND I WANTED TO CREATE A BODY OF WORK THAT WAS FOCUSED ON THE OLYMPIC SPORTS, SO YOU KNOW, ROWING, ARCHERY, GYMNASTICS AND SO ON. THIS YEAR, I DID A BOXING PIECE THAT WAS VERY CHALLENGING BECAUSE I ACTUALLY HAVE THREE HUMAN FORMS IN THAT PIECE. TYPICALLY, IT’S BEEN ONLY ONE. MY BACKGROUND IS GRAPHIC ART. I WORK FOR AN AD AGENCY AS AN ART DIRECTOR, SO ALWAYS HAD A PASSION FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN. AND SO, I OF COURSE WENT WITH A 2D APPROACH TO — TO THE DUCK TAPE ART. MY WIFE BEING A FIBER ARTIST, A WEAVER. SHE ACTUALLY MADE HANDWOVEN PIECES OF DUCK TAPE THAT SHE WOVE INTO THESE BEAUTIFUL BASKETS. I TRIED TO KEEP THE DESIGNS AS ORIGINAL AS POSSIBLE. THEY’RE FROM A PHOTOGRAPH I’VE TAKEN OR — AND SOMETIMES I FIND IMAGES ON THE INTERNET AND MODIFY THEM AND TRY TO BRING THEM INTO MORE OF A GRAPHIC STATE. SO, I’LL BRING THEM INTO THE COMPUTER AND WORK IN ILLUSTRATOR AND KIND OF SIMPLIFY THE SHAPES, MAYBE MAKE THEM MORE POSTERIZED IF THEY’RE A PHOTOGRAPH. AND THEN, UM, DO A PRINTOUT OF THAT DESIGN, AND I WORK WITH MY DESIGN ON THE BACK OF THE PLEXIGLAS SO THAT I CAN SEE THROUGH THE PLEXIGLAS AND ACTUALLY SEE MY — SEE MY DESIGN THROUGH IT. AS I WORK WITH THE DESIGN UNDERNEATH, I DO WHAT AN ARTIST MIGHT CALL “UNDERPAINTING.” I’M DOING UNDER-TAPING. IN OTHER WORDS, I’M LAYING COLOR WHERE IT NEEDS TO GO BASED ON MY DESIGN THAT I’M SEEING THROUGH MY PLEXIGLAS. AND THEN AFTER THAT PHASE, I WILL TAKE THE DESIGN FROM THE BACK OF MY PIECE AND PUT IT ON TOP AND USE IT AS AN OVERLAY. AND IT’S IN PERFECT REGISTRATION WITH THE ORIGINAL THAT WAS ON THE BACK. AND I’LL ACTUALLY, WITH AN X-ACTO KNIFE, CUT THOUGH MY TEMPLATE, MY DESIGN TEMPLATE AND SOME OF THE LAYERS OF THE DUCK TAPE. THE LAST PHASE I DO IS I’LL PUT BLACK TAPE OVER EVERYTHING. AND AS I CUT THROUGH, I’LL START TO PEEL AWAY TO REVEAL THE COLOR TAPE THAT’S UNDERNEATH. IT’S VERY CHALLENGING ‘CAUSE IT STICKS TO ITSELF SO WELL. IT CAN BE FRUSTRATING, VERY TIME CONSUMING. IT’S A LOT OF WORK WITH AN X-ACTO KNIFE TO REALLY GET THE DETAIL THAT I’M AFTER, BUT THE THING THAT MAKES ME SMILE IS WHEN I PEEL AWAY TO REVEAL THIS AREA THAT I’VE BEEN CREATING AND CUTTING ON FOR AN HOUR. AND JUST TO SEE IT START TO COME TOGETHER, TO SEE THE GRAPHIC ELEMENTS START TO WORK AND KIND OF COMPLETE MY VISION OF WHAT THE PIECE IS GOING TO BE IS ALWAYS REWARDING. CHECK OUT MORE OF JOHN’S WORK ON HIS WEBSITE AT JOHNVCATANIA.COM. SO WE ARE SUPER EXCITED TO LAUNCH A NEW LOCAL-MUSIC SERIES ON BROAD & HIGH. WE’VE BEEN INVITING CENTRAL OHIO MUSICIANS TO COME INTO OUR STUDIO TO PERFORM SOME OF THEIR ORIGINAL TUNES, SO YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THE WEALTH OF MUSICAL TALENT WE HAVE RIGHT HERE IN COLUMBUS. WE’RE STARTING OFF THE SERIES WITH THE LUSH SYNTH SOUNDS OF MUNGBEAN, AND THEIR SONG TITLED “WAKING UP.” WHEN I WOKE UP I FELT THE RAIN PROMISED MYSELF I’D NEVER PLAY SOMEONE ELSE’S GAME BUT IF I TURN AROUND RIGHT NOW NO PROGRESS IS MADE I LOST MY HEAD I LOST MY WAY I WAS NEVER THE SAME OOOO OOOO OOOO OOOO CAUGHT UP IN YOUR HAZINESS I DIDN’T REALIZE WHAT YOU DID I WAS FEELING APPREHENSIVE YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO GO GET SO AGGRESSIVE AND ALL THE HOURS THAT WE SPENT THERE’S NOTHING TO SHOW FOR WHERE MINE WENT BUT I WILL NEVER FORGET OOOOOO>>YOU CAN SAMPLE MORE MUSIC BY MUNGBEAN ON SPOTIFY OR BY VISITING THEIR BAND CAMP PAGE. YOU CAN ALSO CATCH THEM LIVE IN CONCERT ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20TH AT SPACEBAR IN COLUMBUS. CHECK OUT THE BANDS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR DETAILS. OUR FINAL STORY TONIGHT TAKES US TO THE DAYTON CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION. IN A PROJECT CALLED PENS TO PICTURES, INCARCERATED WOMEN LEARN HOW TO MAKE THEIR OWN SHORT FILMS, FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN. HERE’S MORE.>>PENS TO PICTURES IS A FILM MAKING COLLABORATIVE WHERE I TEACH AND WORK WITH WOMEN WHO ARE INCARCERATED IN MAKING THEIR OWN SHORT FILMS FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN. I WANTED TO CREATE A HUMANIZING PLATFORM FOR WOMEN WHO ARE INCARCERATED. AS A SOCIETY WE TEND TO WRITE OFF THOSE WHO ARE INCARCERATED OR WE PATHOLOGIZE THEM UPON RELEASE. I TAUGHT AN EIGHT WEEK SHORT SCREENWRITING INTENSIVE AND IT’S THE EXACT SHORT SCREENWRITING CURRICULUM THAT I USE IN MY CLASSES AT WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY. AND, AFTER THE SCREENWRITING INTENSIVE WE THEN GO INTO ABOUT A 2-3 WEEK DIRECTING INTENSIVE WHERE WE ACTUALLY BRING IN PROFESSIONAL ACTORS TO REHEARSE WITH THE LADIES IN THE PRISON. THAT’S ALSO WHERE EACH PARTICIPANT MEETS THEIR CO-DIRECTOR. AN EMERGING FILM MAKER OR PROFESSIONAL FILM MAKER WHO WILL EXECUTE THE VISION OF THE PARTICIPANT ON THE OUTSIDE SINCE THE PARTICIPANT IS INCARCERATED.>>MY CO-DIRECTOR WAS AMAZING. SHE UNDERSTOOD ME AND SHE WAS THERE THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. WE LEARNED THE ENTIRE PROCESS FROM BEGINNING TO END. IT WAS AMAZING. AS A WOMAN PRISONER I FEEL LIKE AMERICA’S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET. AS A BLACK WOMEN WE HAVE TWO STRIKES AGAINST. PEOPLE BECOME INTIMATED BY US WHEN WE ARE OUTSIDE OF THEIR DEFINITION OF WHAT WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE. SO, IT’S A STRUGGLE EVEN IN PRISON. IT’S JUST LIKE BEING A BLACK WOMAN IN AMERICA EXCEPT FOR IT’S A SMALLER SPACE.>>WE REALLY BUILT A SAFE SPACE FOR US TO SHARE AND EXPLORE SOME REALLY PAINFUL MOMENTS IN OUR LIVES AND SO THEY ALL OPENED UP. IT WAS A MOMENT OF FREEDOM THAT TRANSCENDED THE KIND OF PHYSICAL BARS THAT INCASED THEIR LIVES AT THE MOMENT.>>WHEN I GOT HERE I WAS BASICALLY COMPLETELY EMPTY. SO THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE EXPERIENCES I THINK THAT KIND OF FILLED ME BACK UP. WHEN WE FINALLY GOT TO SEE THE FOOTAGE IT WAS LIKE A MIND BLOWING EXPERIENCE TO THINK THAT SOMETHING THAT WE CREATED MENTALLY HAD COME TO LIFE.>>WHEN WE WERE ASKED TO WRITE A SHORT STORY I JUST KINDA FIGURED WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW. SO I WROTE ABOUT A GIRL THAT WAS A HEROIN ADDICT TRYING TO GET TREATMENT AND JUST THE REALITY OF WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. I THINK THAT MAKING THE FILM WAS IN A LOT OF WAYS LIKE CLOSING THE DOOR ON MY EXPERIENCE AS A HEROIN ADDICT. I WAS USING HEROIN AS A TEENAGER AND SO I DID THAT FOR CLOSE TO A DECADE AND SLOWLY REAPED THE CONSEQUENCES OF THAT. I WENT THROUGH A LOT JUST BEING AN ADDICT, BEING IN BAD RELATIONSHIPS, AND HAD A DAUGHTER AND THEN BECAME INCARCERATED. I LOVE HER SO MUCH. SHE’S SO INSPIRING. SHE HAS SO MUCH LIFE THAT IT MAKES ME WANT TO BE MORE ALIVE AS WELL. I’M READY TO GO HOME AND BE THERE.>>I WANTED PENS TO PICTURES TO CHALLENGE SOME OF THE STIGMATIZING THAT GOES ON WHEN IT COMES TO THE WAY WE LOOK AT THOSE WHO ARE IN CORRECTIVE CONTROL.>>THE PROCESS OF INCARCERATION IS SO DEGRADING THAT IT KIND OF LIKE STRIPS YOU RAW. ONCE YOU ARE BROUGHT THROUGH BOOKING, THAT PROCESS ALONE IT’S MEANT TO TEAR YOU DOWN MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. PENS TO PICTURES HAS BEEN ONE OF THOSE PROFOUND PIVOTAL MOMENTS THAT HAPPENS IN YOUR LIFE. IT CHALLENGED ME TO KINDA LOOK INSIDE MYSELF AND BE MORE HONEST WITH WHO I AM AND I’VE LEARNED THAT I CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING, THAT I’M WORTHY, THAT I’M ENOUGH.>>MY FAVORITE PART WAS WHEN WE WERE FINISHED. WE GOT TO PRESENT OUR FILMS. WE HAD A PREMIER HERE AT DCI AND THE CROWD’S RESPONSE TO OUR FILMS, IT WAS LIKE, YES, I DID IT. LIKE, I ACCOMPLISHED WHAT I SET OUT TO ACCOMPLISH. THAT WAS PROBABLY THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.>>I THINK THAT ART GIVES YOU A WAY TO GO IN AND TRANSLATE THAT INNER STUFF INTO THE OUTER WORLD AND I THINK THAT’S IMPORTANT, PEOPLE NEED TO HEAL. YOU DON’T COME TO PRISON IF YOU’RE NOT KINDA BROKEN. SO IT’S AN OPPORTUNITY AND IT’S A GIFT.>>WRITING THE STORY THAT I WROTE WAS VERY DIFFICULT. MY STORY WAS PRETTY PAINFUL, PRETTY INTENSE, BUT I WAS ALSO ABLE TO SEE IT IN A NEW LIGHT. I LEARNED THAT I CAN PUSH PAST BOUNDARIES THAT I HAD. I LEARNED THAT I COULD GO FURTHER THAN I EVER THOUGHT I COULD. THAT I CAN FACE PAIN. THAT I COULD OVERCOME IT. I LEARNED THAT I WAS STRONGER THAN I EVER KNEW.>>THIS EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN TRANSFORMATIVE FOR ALL INVOLVED BUT IN PARTICULAR THE WRITER-DIRECTORS BECAUSE IT PUTS THEM AT THE FOREFRONT OF THEIR OWN NARRATIVES, IT GIVES THEM A LEVEL OF CONTROL AND FREEDOM THAT WAS STRIPPED FROM THEM. IT REMINDS THEM THAT THEY ARE WORTHY. WORTHY OF BEING SEEN, WORTHY OF BEING HEARD, THAT WE HAVE STORIES THAT ARE WORTHY OF BEING TOLD.>>THAT’S OUR SHOW! YOU CAN CHECK OUT ALL OF OUR STORIES AT WOSU.ORG OR BY DOWNLOADING OUR FREE “WOSU” PUBLIC MEDIA MOBILE APP. AND OF COURSE YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM. WE’RE LEAVING YOU TODAY WITH MORE MUSIC BY MUNGBEAN. FOR ALL OF US HERE AT “WOSU”, I’M KATE QUICKEL. WE’LL SEE YOU BACK HERE NEXT WEEK!>>JOIN COLUMBUS AS WE RECOGNIZE, REFLECT, AND REVIVE THE SPIRIT OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE. GO TO CBUSHARLEM100.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION.>>SO THE INSPIRATION FOR THIS EXHIBITION COMES FROM A BOOK THAT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1955. IT IS CALLED “THE SWEET FLY PAPER OF LIFE.” SO YOU KNOW IN THIS PERIOD OF THE 1950S AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY LIFE WAS NOT EXACTLY THAT WAS VISIBLE. THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE BY AN ARTIST BY “ROY” — AND THE TEXT IS BY “HUGHS.” SO THIS EXHIBITION SORT OF BEGINS WITH THAT BOOK, BUT IT INCLUDES A NUMBER OF CONTEMPORARY ARTIST WHO ARE THINKING, AND ARE SORT OF VISUALIZING AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY LIFE. BUT ALSO SORT OF PUSHING ARE NOTATIONS OF WHAT A FAMILY IS. YOU KNOW THE SHOW HAD A LOT OF SORT OF DIFFERENT REPRESENTATION OF FAMILY, EITHER IMMEDIATE FAMILY, EXTENDED FAMILY, FOR MY WORK I REALLY WANTED TO FOCUS ON PICTURES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN REALLY IMPORTANT AND DEVELOPMENT OF MY ARTISTIC PRACTICE AND MYSELF AS A PERSON. FOR ME THE REALLY POWERFUL THING ABOUT THE PIECE COLLECTIVELY IS THAT YOU SEE ALL OF THESE YOUNG INTELLIGENT BLACK PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THEIR ENVIRONMENTS AND VERY MUCH IN THEIR SPACE. AND THEY SORT OF COMMAND YOUR ATTENTION IN A WAY. I THINK THE MOST POWERFUL THING ABOUT ART IS THAT YOU CAN ENTER INTO A GALLERY AND AFTER SEEING A SHOW YOU CAN GO BACK INTO THE WORLD AND SEE IT ANEW. THAT IS MY ULTIMATE HOPE IS TO CHANGE THE WAY, OR TO INFLUENCE THE WAY PEOPLE SEE THE WORLD AROUND THEM.>>CATCH COLUMBUS AT ITS CREATIVE BEST ON “BROAD & HIGH” THURSDAY NIGHTS AT 8 P.M. ON WOSU TV.>>PRODUCTION OF “BROAD & HIGH” IS FUNDED IN PART BY THE GREATER COLUMBUS ARTS COUNCIL, SUPPORTING ARTS, ADVANCING CULTURE AND CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY TO ARTISTS, ARTISTS & CLASSES AT COLUMBUSMAKESART.COM.>>PNC. COMMITTED TO CENTRAL OHIO. FOR THE ACHIEVER IN YOU. FROM THESE CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS. AND VIEWERS LIKE YOU. THANK YOU.

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