On September 8, 2014 AALANA women from the Kent State campus gathered in the Student Multicultural Center for the Sister Circle Informational. Distinguished guests Dr. Brown, Dr. Nelson and Debra Berry attended to welcome and encourage all the women. Sister Facilitators Felicia Ssempala, Garmai Matthew, Olivia Thompson and Graduate Assistant Roslyn Porch lead the meeting with fun ice breakers, information about Sister Circle and the activities in the upcoming meetings for the fall semester. Sister Circle will meet each Monday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the Student Multicultural Center.

All the photos from this event were photographed by Dylan Diblik. 

Summer Palace Beijing, China

Photographed by Garmai-K & fellow classmates

Talk about serenity…probably the most peaceful scenery I’ve ever experienced. Being in the midst of such calmness and lack of commotion truly made me realize how much money American youth spends in efforts to find inner peace. “I need to go to the spa, I need to go shopping, I need to get my nails done..”. The youth of today, myself included at times, consume in efforts to conserve or find peace. At Summer Palace, I watched the elderly practice traditional relax methods such as water coloring on the ground. A lot of Chinese people find peace and relaxation in activities that are free. FREE. We have a cramp in our back for a prolonged time, we’re looking for the nearest masseuse to cash out on. On the contrary, typical elderly Chinese woman is looking for a nice patch of grass to do her Tai Chi…for free.

In essence, I guess the best things in life are in fact free.

By Garmai-K.

798 Art District in China.

Photographed by Garmai-K

So, I guess I’ll explain my reasoning behind my travels in China…But first let me dubb thee as my official photo and literary blog documenting my awesome experiences and timeline of my random acts of spontaneity (my life).

*Moment of Silence*

Okay. Now, with that being said, I’ll formally introduce myself. I am Garmai-K. A professional mind-boggler with interests in travel, photography, fashion, sustainability, liberating the human race, music and truly making people (myself included) uncomfortable in efforts to grow as a human race. I’m a college student with a five year plan meshed with a hope and a dream fueled by the holy spirit (there is a God).

China you ask?

Well, I do in fact study Chinese (it’s one of my minors). I took thus Field Experience art related course to fulfill a course requirement. It was an art based class that allowed students to do their own research on any area of interest. I chose sustainable fashion. It wasn’t until my 20s that I realized that sustaining the earth and the mind and the health of the human race was top priority and that anything in the way of that will be detrimental to all things. I lost my lust for glamor once I became knowledgable of the pollution issues in the one industry that makes me tick, fashion. After meditating on the quote “Be the change you want to see”…I dived head on into my area of new interest. Sustainable fashion. I often ask myself for inspiration, “Why let the one thing I’m passionate about be one of the leading causes of pollution?”. I almost always quietly reply back “I won’t!”. I often ask others “What sense does it make to have a million dollar dress if you can’t even have a cup of clean water or breath fresh air?”. Their response? (9 times out 10), “It DOESN’T make sense”. Such realizations fuel my research project and goals with all the inspiration I need.

Since the focus of the course was to explore China’s art history, historical sites and collaborate with our Chinese pen pals from Hebei Normal University to create a tangible art piece that reflects our research, I chose to make my tangible art piece a sustainable garment.

The 798 Art District in China was basically an entire city filled all sorts of art. From spray paint, to manmade statues, to sculptures and stills, 798 took my lens’ on a rollercoaster and truly awakened my inner Chen Man.

By Garmai-K.