In the 1960s people thought that artists were crazy or dropouts from society. 1 Back then, most people would not allow their children to become artists. They thought all artists were drug addicts. We, the artists, dressed differently from the local people since we designed our own clothes. That caused the local people to insult us, saying that we could not change our clothes to fit the new fashions. They called us all idol worshipers because we did not attend Christian or Muslim services. We believed in traditional religion--the religion we had before these other religions were introduced. In the past, people who sold firewood were the poorest people in the society. If the local people saw an artist (who worked in pen and ink on wood) carrying plywood, they assumed that he or she was poor. Only now, as people see that I am using a car, are they bringing their own children to my art center. Now that they see that I have built a house, they believe that the job of artist is a job that pays, and they let their children come to my center. Members of the center are generally unmarried women and men under the age of thirty.
When I left my first husband in 1986, I worked alone in my own house. There was a man who used to buy plastic from me. He said he had a daughter who wanted to work for me. She wanted to clean my