With photos from as far away as Vietnam and Yangon, this year’s My Story Photo Project promises once again to give us a glimpse in the minds of South East Asian youth. After a two week workshop with Susan and Nat Tileston, the attendents have mostly learned how to trust their own observations, their own eyes and the camera click is merely a proof of that skill.
Each year it is a delight to see what a new generation of photo takers have come up with. It doesn’t just bring Yangon and Vietnam closer to Mae Sot, we also see those places plus our own Mae Sot through the eyes of young people.
Friday May 3 at 6pm we expect you for our opening and we will welcome you with juice and snacks prepared by Borderline Tea Garden. The show will adorn our walls until May 10.
On March 30 and 31, Borderline will collaborate with Rocky and Jack from Pun Pun Organic Farm, organizing a workshop on the Fermentation process that is used in so many foods we eat. This will be the second workshop on fermentation. Places are limited.
Rocky and Jack will show you how to start a sourdough, how to turn milk into cheese or yoghurt and how Kombucha and Kimchi are made.
An extra element of a workshop on this scale is that the ways people have learned how to preserve and enrich food is identical wherever people have lived.
The workshop takes place on a weekend and last two days. In order to allow all participants to take full advantage of the workshop, places are restricted so if you want to join, contact us early.
Come to Borderline, send an email or make a phone call.
This year we will have a final show with art from Yangon.
The Borderline Gallery Artists have always had connections within the Yangon art world, their teachers, their friends, their colleagues. This year 9 of them will come and show their skills. The show start at Tuesday December 25 and can be seen until December 30.
Our Dear Friend Sein Sein Lin will host a special show at Suvannabhumi Art Gallery in Chiang Mai on March 10. If you are in Chiang Mai, go and admire her look on life. She will be available at the opening night to explain her art and let you in on her ideas and thoughts.
Borderline’s upstairs has been a gallery since it’s inception in 2004. Over 150 special art exhibitions have been held and regularly people use the space for meetings and gatherings.
Since a few years we keep most of the free books in cabinets at the second floor and it has always been possible to grab a book and sit down and read.
In order to make you all feel comfortable we have added some small tables and comfy chairs, and we promise to keep away the Spanish Inquisition. It is possible to have a cup of tea or coffee or a fresh juice while you read.
Our walls are full of art made by Borderline Gallery members. Check out whether what you see behind the couch is a real window or a “Trompe l’oeil”.
In the weekend of December 16 and 17 we held a fundraiser for the Mae Tao Clinic. It started with two ideas. First Chimmuwa announced it wanted to donate the profit of a weekend to the clinic, effectively saying that for those days they would work for the clinic for free.
The second idea came from Compassio who wanted to introduce their new products and program at Borderline in the weekend of 16 and 17.
Combining the two ideas, Borderline would join Chimmuwa and work 2 days for the clinic, therefore all proceeds from the tea shop plus the 20% running cost of the handicraft shop would be donated.
We contacted the fundraising team at the clinic and they, not surprisingly, liked the idea and offered their assistance. At a meeting we decided to ask some musician friends to play on one of the evenings, and we asked Eva Maria to coordinate the music.
And 4 bands eventually showed up:
Durian Music Collective, Undocumented, Mae Clinic All Stars and B-Minus 7
As the program was slowly put together, we asked Puzzlebox to have a special Batik class on Sunday.
A plan top show a movie had to be cancelled as the rights for this movie could not be arranged.
After the weekend we sat down and had a look at the results, and here they are, some accurate, some rough estimates, some large exaggerations:
Two Days of activities.
27 hours of constant cooking.
25 liters of Mohinga (rough estimate)
267 Roselle, Basil-Lime, Lime and other juices.
248 liters of coffee and tea
7,547 attendants (precise, we checked with DT)
4 music bands
89 musicians (a guess)
hundreds of salads and curry
5 staff members in kitchen
1 adorable cat
I dead pigeon falling from the sky
3,400 baht from the Puzzle Box Batik Class
10,370 baht from the Donation Boxes for Book exchange, Tips and Donations
1,880 baht from Second Hand Travel Book Sale
4,520 baht from Sale of Burmese Poem Books, donated by Dave and Violet,
22,394 baht from Sale at Tea Garden and 20% of sales at Handicraft shop
2,600 baht from Chimmuwa
5,000 baht from Homestay
20% of the sales by Compassio
Borderline Staff wishes to thank all friends, customers, musicians and participants for a wonderful weekend and for your regular visits to our little place. It was once intended as a Creative place for Expression, and this weekend was proof of that. It was nice to see our community or communities come together for a collective and shared goal.
In 2018 we will continue providing Mae Sot with shade, fresh juices, salads, information, a talk, beautiful handicrafts, special art and a green meeting place.
(and we thank everyone of you, you know who you are, if we name names we are bound to forget one)
A very special Art show from a friend of Borderline, Greg Tyros and friends. After last year’s success Greg is back with new collection of water colours.
All the art will be for sale with all proceeds going to Shoklo Malaria Research Uniut (SMRU and) especially for a special program to bring patients to their clinics who would otherwise can’t get there as travel expenses are prohibited.
Read more about the work SMRU is doing on their website.
Some of the proceeds will go to Burma Migrant Workers Education Committee (BMWEC).
There will also be a Live Auction. In addition there will be live music by Cavernimal and Undocumented/Plugged.
Borderline Tea Garden will provide snacks and drinks and the event starts at 6 pm on Saturday November 18, 2017. At 9 pm the gallery will close , the artwork will be exhibit for some time after.
674/14 Intarharakeeree Road
63110 Mae Sot, Thailand
The evening was a success with sales, music and food. Here are some images: