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10/15/2009

Art from the ♥

Artist: Manju Dhat
Onyx V Black Crystal and Glass Ring

Onyx V Black Crystal and Glass Ring

Manju Dhat has worked with many non-profits, including UN Volunteers, explorASIAN and her lifetime project, the Dhata Foundation. In her own words…

My family-run, grass-roots Foundation currently caters to the impoverished people of Punjab, India.  We fund cataract/lens replacement surgeries at no cost to those who cannot afford the procedure. Bear in mind that the realities in developing nations are not the same as those in westernized countries. People go blind for many reasons, including lack of food and clean water, as well as environmental conditions.  Many of these sight-impaired people become reliant on their family members to help them where those members could be bringing in that $1 a day to contribute to daily necessities such as food.  By enabling “vision” with these surgeries, these people become independent and functional contributors to their homestead and to the society in which they live. It’s a domino effect really. According to the latest assessment by the World Health Organization:

“…age related cataract is responsible for 48% of world blindness, which represents about 18 million people.”

Silver Brushoff II Pendant

Silver Brushoff II Pendant

Imagine, it costs only $37 to give someone back his or her eyesight.  I don’t know what I would do if I could not see – if I were unable to express myself through the love of painting and the act of creating – if I were not able to see the true beauty in the world. So, “vision” is an obvious mission in life for me and my major motivation for contributing to Dhata Foundation.

Flower Power Cuff Links

Flower Power Cuff Links

I am a graphic/web designer by day and an Etsian/painter by night. I have been a designer for nine years and an artist all my life. My favorite materials with which to paint are oils, canvas, door skin and sometimes walls! In my collective at Kaur Funktion, we sell handmade glass pendants, cufflinks, unusual beads, art prints, and art cards. (Kaur means princess and/or lioness in Punjabi.)  Each artist has his or her individual specialty and unique talents, and yet we are all bound by the common belief that art can indeed save lives.

Seriously of Ishq Series by KreativeKaur

Seriously of Ishq Series by KreativeKaur

Eventually, the offerings from this website will allow me to pursue my humanitarian goals and further my social intentions through my own artistic and business practice. Art can be labeled on many levels, but I think it is the act of creating that drives me to invest my time in something that contributes to the beauty and inspiration that the world has to offer. By creating a business of artistic practices with other like-minded individuals, I hope to nurture and pursue these humanitarian interests.

Editor’s note: Manj’s lifelong endeavor: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi. Is there ANY question in your mind that she will achieve this and much, much more LONG before the sunset of her life?

Manj is giving away one of her wonderful prints to one lucky winner.  To enter, all you need to do is go to KaurFunktion, and post your favorite item in the comments below.

This giveaway will begin October 14, 2009 and end at 11:59 pm EST on October 20, 2009.  Random.org will be used to pick the winner, and he or she will have 72 hours to get respond.

This giveaway is open worldwide! Good luck!

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21 Comments »

  1. Wow!!! Thank you Lois 🙂 I am humbled that you would write about some of my endeavors 🙂 It’s people like yourself with great heart and wisdom that channel such positivity into the world. Thank you for doing your part 🙂

    Comment by Manju Dhat — 10/15/2009 @ 1:52 am

  2. What a wonderful artist. Inspiring imagery and noble undertaking to help others less fortunate..Thank you Lois for sharing this imaginative artist with us…I love the Untitled I of Ishq Series – by Kreative Kaur, it has so much passion and energy in it..

    Comment by Joyce Bell — 10/15/2009 @ 2:33 pm

  3. WOW-love this store!So many beautiful things in it, and for such a good cause 🙂 But this- Untitled I of the Ishq series is my favorite:

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18841651

    Kristen

    Comment by Kristen — 10/15/2009 @ 2:33 pm

  4. What a wonderful and worthwhile endeavor–and such a lovely spirit behind it! Thanks for opening my eyes to this lovely person and shop! I love the Broken Script pendant…so pretty and unique. AND I must say, the product photographs are really breathtaking! Kudos Manju Dhat!
    Smiles, Karen

    Comment by Mrs. Kwitty — 10/15/2009 @ 2:34 pm

  5. I’ve been a fan of KaurFunktion on Etsy for awhile now but didn’t know of her work with her family-run foundation. I agree with her that if I lost my vision, it would be devastating. I recommend putting some info about the foundation on her shop on Etsy! Also, my favorite piece in her shop at the moment is Blue Skies pendant, http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18802324

    Thank you for featuring such a talented and giving artisan!

    Comment by Sharon — 10/15/2009 @ 2:35 pm

  6. I never cease to be amazed at the different ways art can affect our lives. What a great project. I am especially fond of The Path is Lit glass pendant. It’s simple and complex at the same time.

    Comment by Alicia — 10/15/2009 @ 2:35 pm

  7. What a wonderful addition to our Etsy family of people who care and are actually taking action! Thank you Manj for your belief in helping people become independent again through the gift of sight! And thanks again, Lois for pointing out yet another kindred soul!

    By the way, I really love this print, “Untitled I of Ishq Series – by Kreative Kaur” http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=18841651
    perhaps the outreached hand is imparting the blessing of a gift to others!
    -R.Salcedo

    Comment by rebecca salcedo — 10/15/2009 @ 2:36 pm

  8. What a wonderful article and artist!
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18841607 is definitely my favorite. The colors and lines are so expressive! Beautiful work!

    Comment by Missy B. — 10/15/2009 @ 2:37 pm

  9. Lois, you have done it again. You have introduced us to an awe inspiring artist and one whose life and family has touched so many. Sight is one of God’s greatest gifts, for without that, we cannot marvel at all that he has created for us to see.

    Manju – I am pleased to meet you.

    I love your Flower Power cuff links – one of my favorite flowers is the sunflower and that is what I thought of when I saw them.

    Sandi

    Comment by Sandi — 10/15/2009 @ 2:47 pm

  10. What a tremendous vision Manju has using art to give back. This truly embodies the Art from the &heart; spirit and was very informative.

    The whole collection is gorgeous. My favorite is the print titled, Seriously.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Marisa — 10/15/2009 @ 2:55 pm

  11. I love KaurFashion’s work–both in terms of the great work she is doing with the Dhata foundation and the work in her etsy shop. If I had to pick one favorite, it would be this print:
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18841586

    Comment by Elephunk — 10/15/2009 @ 3:27 pm

  12. This artist is creating fabulous items for a terrific cause, imagine being able to help someone to see the beauty in life.

    Thanks for bringing this artist and her efforts to our attention.

    Linda B.

    Comment by Linda B — 10/15/2009 @ 4:39 pm

  13. what a wonderful story. I find it so cool that we all have diffrent charity’s that we donate to and work with around the world. your photographs are amazing!! I wish you the best of luck in all that you do.
    hugs
    Jen

    ps I love the sea breeze cuff links..my engagement ring has saphires in it and I think it would be a great gift for my DH who is always wearing cuff links…hmmm
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18816012

    Comment by Jen — 10/15/2009 @ 6:33 pm

  14. what a great article. i love to see artists giving back. there was no way to pick one item everything is beautiful.

    Comment by betty — 10/15/2009 @ 7:07 pm

  15. What a vision you have Manj. You are so dedicated, it was a pleasure to read about you and your cause. It was also very difficult to pick a favorite from the site. I love these colors so this is what I chose http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=29883351
    Good luck to you!

    Comment by Libby White — 10/15/2009 @ 7:19 pm

  16. OOooo WOW!! What an amazing woman you are! So glad to read and discover you & your talents! “Be the change you wish to see in the world” These are words to live by!
    Everything in your shop is wonderful, I choose this as my favorite because of your choice of materials!
    Good luck to you!
    Londi

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=32411259

    Comment by londi — 10/16/2009 @ 6:28 am

  17. Passionate kiss III, very beautiful

    Comment by leanne — 10/17/2009 @ 2:54 am

  18. That art is so cool. I know that anyone would love it! I love it!

    Comment by Daniel Bates — 10/17/2009 @ 3:09 am

  19. My fave is 1111 of Ishq Series

    Comment by Anne Y — 10/18/2009 @ 2:48 am

  20. My fave is untitled I idf the Ishq series. I also really love the “natures spiral” (or was it nature swirl?) Pendant.

    Comment by slee — 10/20/2009 @ 8:54 am

  21. My favorite is the Nature’s Spin pendant.

    Comment by Marsha Jones — 10/20/2009 @ 10:38 pm


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