Hello, my name is NALA!
I am 8 years old and I live in a small village near Cape Town in South Africa.
While hanging up my daddy’s pink underwear on the line, during my domestic chores, I noticed the mountains in the background. They were shimmering a beautiful crimson pink at sunset.
I am curious about these majestic mountains and I would like to find out what lies beyond them. I have now decided that it is time to start my journey to satisfy my curiosity.
I shall share my experiences of the adventures, people and animals that I meet on this journey, if you visit me here on this website from time to time.
I hope your curiosity has been activated… and that I see you here soon.
PS: see my full story below
NALA is a 8 years old african girl who is growing up in a small village near Cape Town, South Africa. NALA has a Mother, a Father and two Brothers. She is the only girl in the family
The story began when NALA was 6 Years old, and that was the age when she started to help the mother in the house to do the domestic works. (washing of clothes and dishes, cleaning the house, shopping of groceries and sometimes cooking) while her brother can enjoy the free time outside with friends when he came back from school ( playing football, cycling and having fun )
NALA is not allowed to visit the school because of her domestic work, but she like to go to the school, to learn, to explore, to be educated. Her mother said, “you can learn to cook, clean and wash clothes, that’s enough”
One day, after NALA was outside hanging clothes on the washing line, she saw the mountains at the horizon and she was wondering what´s behind them. She was dreaming and in her dreams she was sit on a bicycle to explore the world behind the mountains.
The dream stops when she heard her mother screaming “Naaaaallllaaaaaa”!!!
NALA and the mountains..., and from this time she was wishing to and that’s made her also sad, because she have never the chance to travel behind them, until she met a little bird, and the bird ask NALA "why you are so sad "?,
and NALA told him her story.
The bird said. If this is your dream to see the world behind the mountains, than you have to leave home. Listen to your heart and follow your dreams !!
NALA was thinking and she more think what the bird said, she more was curious to explore the “other world”
One day, she started escaping from home.
She got a lift with an old ambulance to a place called chicken country. She met many nice people, animals and she saw beautiful landscapes.
On a farm in the ostrich land she met a old farmer and he gave her an old purple bicycle and from this time she cycled almost every day.
See the NALA Artworks and you know how far she cycled. Last Time in August 2014 when I updated this side, she was in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania after 12.300 km of cycling.
First, I love to introduce my friend André Pilz.
He is Artist, and creative Head of this Project. André is situated in Cape Town, and that is where I met him.
André´s big dreams is, to see the Singer(Band) SADE, live in concert,
because he listens since 25 years to their music.
She inspired him many times during his creative painting works.
Again and again he catches himself checking surfing the Internet to search concerts of SADE, but nothing, no concert in reach.
After André found out, that SADE is touring in Europe and he could not
be present, he took in full sadness, pencil and a paper and started scribbling on it. During the drawings, SADE´s Song “Sally” was playing in the radio and suddenly a little face was watching at him, and as he continued drawing, a dress, 2 arms and 2 bambi-eyes were looking at him.
umm, well… so I was created..
Full of devotion, André took a brush and some paint and painted me on a piece of canvas. Well, there I was, painted but still dumb and nameless.
My Painting was hanging on his wall and became marvel and every time when somebody asked about the painting, André was telling the story and the developing of the following project.
André ask all his friends for help to find a name for me.
A lot of friends came up with interesting names, but non of the names seemed to right, but Elvira, a good friend told abrupt “NALA” a part of his pseudonym NAWALA.
Well, I was born…. NALA
Copyright © 2012-2014 by André Pilz, All rights reserved.
NALA Artwork by Carlos Romero ( Colombia )
Muchas gracias por tu apoyo.
... tuya NALA.
NALA Artwork by Giovany Novoa ( Ecuador )
Muchas gracias por tu apoyo.
... tuya NALA.
NALA in CUBA with Friends.
Hello friends of NALA.
In all the years when I traveled the world with my doll, NALA, she got always new clothes in every country, which were sewn for her in numerous countries.
Now she even has more clothes than me, and today I present you exclusively, NALA's new dress from Cuba.
The artist Yailin Morales from Nuevo Paz, CUBA sewed the new dress for NALA with a lot of love, devotion and arrangement.
It was created with absolute love and perfectly handcrafted.
Many Thanks, Yailin for this wonderful Summer-dress.
Hola amigos de Nala.
En todos los años en que viajé por el mundo con mi muñeca, NALA, siempre consiguió ropa nueva en todos los países, que le cosían en numerosos países.
Ahora incluso tiene más ropa que yo.Y hoy les presento en exclusiva, el nuevo vestido de NALA desde Cuba.
El artista Yailin Morales de Nuevo Paz, CUBA cosió el vestido nuevo para NALA con mucho amor, devoción y arreglo.
Fue creado con absoluto amor y perfectamente hecho a mano.
Muchas gracias, Yailin por este maravilloso vestido de verano.
NALA and Graffity Ana by Richard Scott
Richard Scott is a very well known international British artist who lives in Cape Town. He refined my 2013 NALA painting with his Grafitty Ana.
I visited Richard in his studio in Cape Town in 2019.
He was immediately enthusiastic about my NALA Project and enhanced my little NALA painting with his art.
This NALA painting is now hanging from
22. October 2020 - 10. January 2021 in the
Zeitz Mocaa Art Museum in Cape Town in a special exhibition. "Home is where Art is"
A Big "Thank you" goes to Andrea Schachler. She helped me so much, that this Painting found the way to the Art Exhibition at Zeitz Mocaa. Thank you, Andrea.
Hello friends of NALA.
please see Article here: Nala helps
You will surely remember the NALA Corona Art artworks by Joan Otieno from Nairobi, Kenya.
With the help of my NALA Project, the Kenyan Artist Joan Otieno sold small NALA artworks for over 400 euros. (40,000 ksh)
Many thanks to the buyers from Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Each sale ensured that everyone had enough rice and beans or corn porridge and vegetables to eat, and the Warembo Wassani Art Center continued to help underprivileged children improve their future.
Unfortunately, these small NALA artworks are still in Kenya and could not yet be sent to Germany due to Corona and high-cost transport costs.
DHL asked for an amount of 300 Euros for 6 kg of recycling art.
If you are flying from Kenya to Germany or Switzerland in the near future, please let me know.
Maybe you can bring the NALA Art package with you.
Thank you for reading.
The NALA Art Project.
Here you can see more photos from the new NALA art exhibition in Quito, Ecuador.
follow this link: NALA in Quito
Aquí puedes ver más fotos de la nueva exhibición de arte de NALA en Quito, Ecuador.
siga este enlace: NALA en Quito
NALA ART Booklet ready for Download
The NALA ART Booklet is now available as PDF File for download.
Selected Artists show amazing NALA Artworks from southern and east Africa.
NALA Slideshow video on YouTube
On YouTube you can see the little video, which we shown during the NALA ART Exhibition in Germany.
This Video shows André´s and Nala´s artistic bicycle Journey through Africa.
The titles are in german language, but there are very nice photos to see.
Follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSkB-UHgOeo
It will be lovely if you can leave a comment about the NALA Project here: Opinion about The NALA Project.
Thank you very much
Yours NALA and André
I am currently in Quito, Ecuador
Exhibition in Quito and a Cycling tour through Ecuador.
Cycled kilometer total for the NALA Project: 17.425 km
Cycled Countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe,
Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cuba, Ecuador.
You can also find NALA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheNalaProject
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