pop-up book resumes
Last October I was asked to work on a pop-up book. So I took on what I believed to be a challenge, not only because of the technical aspect of it but the subject matter itself: the migration of Palestinians to Kuwait in the early 50s, and its footprint on Kuwaiti society. I like to think of myself as an unrestricted artist, and here I was faced with a subject matter that I didn’t necessarily care to draw or paint, even though I’m a huge proponent of the Palestinian cause and was once married to a Palestinian man. My children are half-Palestinian. But I just don’t work like that. I tried to interview different Palestinians who had been here since that time (I even spoke to the first Palestinian born in Kuwait!), but that didn’t yield me the anecdotes that I wanted-whimsical, poignant, funny.
So a week ago, I was having lunch with my in-laws and I commented on how it had been really difficult to get some good stories. At the table, my sister-in-law Faten started telling me stories about her father, Ammo Mahmoud, and everything started to fall into place. From being befuddled and upset about the book for the prior few weeks, I finally knew exactly what I wanted to do. And this here is the beginning. Hopefully, if I get the OK on these first pages, everything else will be smooth sailing and I’ll be over the moon. I’m a little over the moon now.