Ich traf Tammam auf einer Neujahresfeier einer Bekannten. Sie viel mir auf weil sie libysches veganes Essen mitbrachte. Neugierig fing ich an mich mit ihr darüber zu unterhalten. Bald begann sie mir von ihrem Modehaus zu erzählen. Fairtrade Brautmode, so was hab ich noch nie gehört. Als ich am nächsten Tag darüber googelte stellte sich heraus dass sie nur eine von wenigen war, die so etwas machen. Somit beschloss ich darüber zu schreiben und fand mich bald in ihrem Atelier wieder.
I met Lucy Tammam in London on a new years evening of friends. Initially it was her vegan Libyan food that she had brought with her that I noticed, and it led to a conversation. She soon told me about her business of creating fair tradebridal wear. I had never heard of such a thing. When I googled this the following day I learned that she was one of but a few that produced such clothes (in the world). That was enough for me to decide to make a story about her. and it was not long after that, that I found myself in her atelier.
You can read the article here. Use google translate if you do not speak German
Article on thinking about Jewish-Polish, Jewish-German relations and simply on the issue of being a neighbour, or not! Leading Feature Open Democracy 4/11/2011
Special thanks to the editors of Open Democracy, above all R.B., and front page ed., for your interest as well as choosing this as your leading weekend feature-story. Thanks also to Ben Gidley, James Renton and Agnieszka Piśkiewicz for their respective input and Kei Kulp for one of the pictures.
I have decided to use my writing skills to compose an article to challenge the very Christian ethos of my daughter’s school as a way of softly and positively alerting them of the existence of others. It appeared in the schools newsletter yesterday. My theme was on the inter-connectedness of the evolution of the festival of Christmas and Hanukkah with examples and a conclusion that suggested that the aims in the end are very similar even if not original to either. Togetherness, lightening up the dark, hope, family! The article was very well received and was even accompanied by another article on a visit to a Hindu shrine. I found the book Weihnukkahby the Jewish Museum of Berlin most useful in my research.