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Sunil’s fantastic dolls

Over two years ago we wrote about Sunil and his handcrafted dolls. Since that time, when the mood strikes him, he continues to create his dolls from bits and pieces of scrap fabric he finds around the house.

Sunil has always been a proponent of outsider art made from recycled materials. In his art he’s always been ahead of the curve.

Lately we’ve noticed a new trend in his creations – they’re getting larger. Take a look and see if you don’t agree that not only are they increasing in size but his craftsmanship has reached a new level of expertise.

Click here to read more about Sunil.

shuktara home for young people with disabilities - 2017 March - Sunil creating a doll

A fan of Sunil’s dolls

Back in March we posted photos of Sunil's latest obsession - his handmade dolls. David sent one of his creations to Geoffrey Farmer and here's what he said...

I returned home from Venice slightly torn and tattered only to open this gorgeously wrapped box and find this beautiful doll made by Sunil Das from Kolkata India. Wow, he fits so perfectly into our family here! So honoured and touched and inspired that David Earp would have sent to me from Shuktara Homes, a project he established to create a home for children who are in need of a family. @shuktara_homes @davidearp

I saw this doll on Instagram and read the story about Sunil who makes them and places them around the house and neighborhood. An action and spirit I strongly connect to. Now magically his beautiful creation is here. Sunil is one of the first boys that David helped in 1999 Thank you Sunil for your beautiful gift. Please follow, support this project. Thank you David it is an incredible gift.....!!! You can read about Sunil Das here. #shuktara #sunildas #artist #deafpride #themaster

@anhourbeforesleep (Geoffrey Farmer)

shuktara - 2017 March - Sunil with his handmade doll

Sunil’s latest obsession

The ever inventive Sunil Das has a new obsession.

Using scraps of found fabric he twists, binds and fastens until he has something that looks like a small figure.

It's almost like Sunil is doing an art installation in our locality. After making the dolls he's been placing them around the house and our neighborhood.

This one he positioned on the wall of the house opposite! Each of the dolls is different and we look forward to each new creation.

shuktara home for young adults with disability - 2016 November - Raja working on his art

Raja’s paintings at CIMA Art Mela 2016

Raja's paintings were accepted for the annual CIMA Art Mela 2016 - we're very proud of him and thought you would like to see more of his unique art.

shuktara home for young adults with disability - 2016 October - Bapi with #BlackHands poster

#BlackHands poster from San Francisco

shuktara home for young adults with disability - 2016 October - Bapi with #BlackHands poster#BlackHands
We love this poster sent to shuktara all the way from San Francisco! This is the first installment of a series of three posters by Llane Alexis and George McCalman. When we wanted to know more about this amazing poster this is what Llane said:

There is a story indeed. Every single shot of my own hands was taken with my iPhone right after I woke up in the morning. Those were very painful mornings for me dealing with depression and a broken heart and maybe even desperation. I was throwing signs as meanings of expressing my pain and cries for help.

I don't know sign language but I express my heart with my hands as they are the tools of my art. Also it was the moment of the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement at the same time. So it was a combination of all of the above. Then my friend George and I decided to print the images. This is the first installment of a series of three posters.

The second poster will be the hands of black hands makers around my world. The third poster will feature the art work of these black makers interpretation of black hands. And yes it will come with an art show presenting the actual works.

Thank you Llane Alexis Dominguez & George McCalman!
#BlackHands poster is available to order - info@mccalman.co

shuktara May 2016 - Raja painting

Raja Mohan Das, deaf artist

Raja is deaf and the resident artist at shuktara. In 2009 he was the youngest artist to be showcased at CIMA gallery in Kolkata.

Like all artists Raja has times of incredible energy and creativity as well as periods of inactivity. Right now he is in a very productive phase creating dozens of works in his trademark vibrant colours.

Read more about Raja here.