Make Your Own Rainbow

Serbian version below


Article written by Ivana Mitrović

On Saturday, January 30th, I was proof reading an article that reminded me of how much I like writing, especially writing about beautiful things. On Sunday, January 31st, I attended an amazing event and now I have to make sure it?s covered by media, because, of course, I want to make it more about myself than about the event.

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It was some months ago that I went to FORUM Przestrzenie, to a vintage market, for the first time since I?d been living here. Of course, I went alone because my roommates are emancipated enough to make fun of buying overpriced second hand items and they don?t know me enough to know not to say something like that in my face. I wouldn?t recommend going to those places with your card, not (only) because there is a risk of spending all your money on a hair pin that Mulan would have worn if she didn?t go to war, but because you cannot pay your precious objects of desire by card. It is where I first saw creative embodiment of my thoughts about life in Krakow and in Poland. Creative embodiment I couldn?t buy, but since then I have been thinking a lot about girls with eyes wide open, girls that create their own happiness out of teeny-tiny things that surround them.

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As soon as I came back to Poland after Christmas holidays, I went to listen to a band that was performing between vintage market (on the left) and stands with food that is not pasta or something you can make in 300 secs (on the right). This time my roommate, selfproclamed social beast came with me, because he was interested in the band and in the stands on the right. But, we also went left because that is where a friend of his friend was selling her handmade stuff (Angel choir sings Hallelujah intro.) That?s how I met Aga, the girl whose art bought me some months before. Based solely on seven short sentences we exchanged, she seemed like one of the greatest persons I had ever met (Tiago, thank you to the moon and back!). She asked me to help her with the design of her soon-to-be-open art gallery, but I was sure it will end only with an invitation, typical we have to meet for coffee sometime situation. But, we actually met twice and disscussed the positions of the mirror, swing, magnetic board and lights for several hours. Although my education in design is based almost exclusively on osmosis because I was living with a designer for six months, I still feel at least slightly responsible for that one shelf standing there, looking great.

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In Aga’s small shabby chic gallery, everything is either handmade in her basement by herself or it was given to her as a present. Bracelets are lying on a table made by a homeless who earns his living by assembling old furniture and bags designed by a friend of Aga?s mom are hanging from over a hundred year leather. Even when you sit in the window, on (of course, handmade) cussions and wave at trams 6, 18 or 52, you forget that you are in the very center of the city because when you turn your head away from Dominikanska street and you look at the tiles, magnets, pendants and necklaces, mugs, notebooks, bracelets and pins, not only you wish you posses everything, you could also go one step further: imagining the entire scene of drinking you know which tea form this precise mug, writing on these precise cards to your high school friends who now live in different continents. And when you go and send the cards, you will put this bow-shaped brooch on your big warm scarf. Okay, this was quite more than one step further, but you see my point. My absolute favorite are (it?s not so hard to guess) the notebooks, with their excellent prints and beautiful yellow pages. (This sentence takes this special place at the end of the paragraph for that somebody who is coming to visit me and still has no idea about my present.)

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Finally, there is one more reason for this text to be so biased: lottery organized at the opening event. You could win anything that came from Make your Own Rainbow manufacture for just 5 PLN! This is how the girl with the amazing energy and smile collected 578 PLN for her fellow art gallery owner that has brain cancer and this is how she has shown how making our own rainbows can become at least more colorful with that kind of support. Thanks a lot for the invitation, Aga, I really enjoyed and see you very soon!

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Photos from the opening, taken by Ivana Mitrović


U subotu, 30. januara, revidirala sam članak i to me je podsetilo koliko mi se sviđa da pišem, a naročito da pišem o lepim stvarima. U nedelju, 31. januara, prisustvovala sam prelepom događaju za koji pod hitno moram da se postaram da bude medijski propraćen jer, naravno, više je o meni nego o događaju.

Pre nekoliko meseci sam prvi put otišla u Forum, na vintidž bazar, sama, naravno, jer su moji sadašnji cimeri dovoljno emancipovani da ismevaju pojave poput kupovine precenjenih polovnih stvari i dovoljno me ne poznaju da mi to i kažu. Savet koji sam sigurna da ne moram nikom da dam je da, ako volite didža-bidže, ne idete sa karticom na takva mesta. Ne zato što ne smete sebi da dozvolite da potrošite sve svoje zlatnike na ukrasni češalj kakav bi Mulan sigurno nosila da nije otišla u rat, nego jer ne može da se plati karticom. Tamo sam prvi put videla kreativno (iako zazirem, da ne kažem nešto drugo, od te reči) otelotvorenje onoga što mislim o životu u Krakovu i u Poljskoj. Kreativno otelotvorenje koje nisam mogla da kupim, ali baš sam dugo razmišljala o setnim devojčicama krupnih očiju koje stvaraju svoje male sreće od malih stvari oko sebe.

Čim sam se vratila u Poljsku posle novogodišnjih praznika koje sam provela kod kuće, otišla sam na svirku koja je bila između vintidž bazara, levo, i hrane koja nije pasta ili nešto što može da se spremi za trista sekundi, desno. Ovoga puta je sa mnom išao moj cimer, samoproklamovana social beast, jer su ga zanimali svirka i štandovi desno. Međutim, otišli smo levo jer je tamo drugarica njegove drugarice imala štand. (Hor anđela počinje da peva Aleluja.) Tako sam upoznala Agu, devojku čiji me je ručni rad kupio nekoliko meseci ranije i koja mi je izgledala kao najsimpatičnije biće i to samo na osnovu sedam eleptičnih rečenica koje smo razmenile. (Beskrajno hvala, Tiago!) Pozvala me je da joj pomognem sa idejama za galeriju koju bi trebalo da otvori, ali bila sam sigurna da će na tome da se završi, dakle, ?moramo da se vidimo na kafi ovih dana? situacija. Međutim, zapravo smo se videle dva puta i satima razgovarale o položaju ogledala, ljuljaške i table za magnete. Iako sam u polju dizajna obrazovana isključivo osmozom jer sam živela sa dizajnerkom pola godine, osećam se mrvicu zaslužnom što ta jedna polica stoji baš tu i izgleda odlično.

U Aginoj šabi šik galerijici, koja radi već peti dan (trk!), nema stvari koje ona nije napravila u svom podrumu ili koju neko nije napravio baš za nju. Sto na kome su izložene njene narukvice napravio je beskućnik koji zarađuje tako što sklapa i prepravlja nameštaj, merdevine su preko sto godina stare i na njima su izložene torbe prijateljice Agine mame, a police i ramovi su pokloni od dragih ljudi. Čak i kad sedite u izlogu na ručno šivenim jastucima i mašete tramvajima 6, 18 ili 52, zaboravite da ste u centru grada jer kad skrenete pogled sa Dominikanske ulice, i gledate u sve te pločice, razglednice, magnete, priveske i ogrlice, šolje, sveske, narukvice i(li) bedževe, ne samo da poželite da ih imate sve, možda odete i korak više: osmislite melanholičnu atmosferu dok pijete čaj iz baš te šolje, pišući na baš takvim razglednicama svojim drugaricama iz srednje koje sada žive na tri kontinenta, a kad izađete da pošaljete razglednice, na svoj topli šal možete da stavite broš u obliku mašne, broš koji može da se nosi i na koktel žurci i u školi. Okej, ovo je bilo mnogo koraka više, ali razumemo se. Moj favorit su, naravno, sveske sa odličnom štampom na tvrdim koricama i predivnim žutim papirom i ova rečenica je ležerno umetnuta na kraj pasusa iliti markirano mesto zbog nekoga ko mi dolazi u posetu, a još uvek ne zna šta da mi kupi.

Na kraju, ovaj tekst je pristrasan i zbog lutrije koja je organizovana na dan otvaranja galerije. Za pet zlatnika mogli ste da kupite listić i osvojite bilo šta sa Make Your Own Rainbow potpisom. Tako je ova devojka predivnog osmeha sakupila 578 zlatnika za koleginicu koja boluje od raka mozga i time pokazala da je making our own rainbows lakše kad imamo ovakvu podršku. Hvala mnogo na pozivu, Aga, stvarno sam uživala i vidimo se uskoro!

How to… write a good CV


EVS is for many of us volunteers the possibility to have a free phase, to make steps out of the comfort zone and to collect new experiences. But the time to think about
?what to do after my EVS? is coming faster than most of us expected,
because time is running so fast.

A few days ago our coordinating organization Internationaler Bund Polska arranged a CV workshop for the volunteers. One of that steps, that you usually have to take if you make your plans for the future, is the preparation of your CV ? always something that swirls up many questions.

In the workshop, held by Agata Glouszek (who did a really great job) from Alexander Mann Solutions Poland, we were not talking about fonts and space between the lines. We talked about how to arrange an individual CV, which represents a balance between honest information and the degree of what we want/need to share. We got aware of the fact, that we have an immediate influence on the interview with our CV and not every youth camp or internship is interesting in your CV.

Your CV always has to be based on your circumstances, where are you applying, for which position, what skills can you offer to the company/association etc., which experiences did you make in this
field before? So content and appearance always have to be adjusted on the current conditions?

>>>Finally CVs are so individual as the
persons who are writing them.<<<

CV Workshop IB Polska_? Katrin Pleus (15)

Agata Glouszek, who run the workshop.

CV Workshop IB Polska_? Katrin Pleus (10)
Ildefonso and Iryna

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Patricia and Danai

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Miriam

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Pictures taken by Katrin Pleus.