See Why in Afghanistan, Skateboarding = Girl Power
In Afghanistan, girls aren’t allowed ride bicycles, but that hasn’t stopped them from hitting the pavement. Back in 2007, Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich was in Kabul and, seeing the girls’ curiosity for skateboarding, he decided to start Skatistan as a way to empower kids and give them something fun to do. As one of their students Saimaa said, “Skateboarding is a type of flying.”
The project has since grown beyond Afghanistan and onto the streets of Cambodia and South Africa. Young girls are catching air in every location. In fact, 40% of the kids involved with Skateistan are girls. 60% are kids from low-income families who probably wouldn’t have any other place to play and interact with kids otherwise. But it’s not all about skateboarding.
Skateistan also offers education and personal empowerment programs. It’s all about engaging kids who don’t have the means to play or learn to realize their full potential. In Kabul, kids only go to school for a few hours each day, but Skateistan gives them more opportunities to learn.
A new exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London shows the work of photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson who hung out with the skating girls in Kabul and snapped portraits and action shots that will make you want to slap on some kneepads and a helmet and join them.
This skate project is an NGO and all of the donations go right back into their efforts. You can read more about it here and donate.
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(Photos by Jessica Fulford-Dobson)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)