Being impaired to the vision doesn’t end one’s life. It is a well known fact that people with a physical challenge often blessed with something extra-ordinary on the other hand. For example the skills in music, paining or any other art. You may have seen many music teachers who are blind. The Braille language for the blinds is a boon for them.
Though, today we are going to discuss a little about the artists from India who lost (or doesn’t blessed with the normally functional) hands. Their artistic skills are not jailed within themselves only though. They uses their mouth and feet to draw the picture to bring on the canvas, the art within them. “Self Help, No Charity” is the motto of the organisation named IMFPA (Mouth and Foot Painting Artists). They are available online at http://imfpa.co.in. This organisation provides these artists a platform to explore and present their skills and promotes the work done by them.
If you are a regular reader of Reader’s Digest, you probably have received a set of greeting cards done by MFPA – artists. Actually the artists does the paintings which than be available in the form of greeting card, bookmarks, bags, calendars, gift tags, T-Shirts etc. If you want to get more details about the team of the artists whose work is available as various products, you can visit http://imfpa.org/catalog.php?action=artists/a> You can see the photo of artist along with the information that whether he/she is a mouth painter or foot artist.
They might be doing some customized work as per the request – though I have enquired for such stuff in past but haven’t received any reply.
The main categories of their art-collection are:
- Animals & Birds
- Indian Art
Their online store page is not functional yet, but you can select a product when viewing, specify the size and other options and can view the price of the same and add them to your shopping cart. But in case if you have received cards (or any other items) via courier/post, they let you pay for the same online. The association have its own youtube channel also (only 5 videos at this time) http://www.youtube.com/user/MFPaintingArtists?feature=mhee
A good initiative, may the society support such organisations and make such artist live with honor and self respect.