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Isabella Mebarak’s Art For Palestine

Link in Bio with Jenny and Alejandro
Isabella Mebarak, previously known for making a popular design for her aunt Shakira, is now making art to help Gaza relief efforts.
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Jenny. So you know,
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very well that Shakira isn't the only artist and philanthropist in her
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family. Oh, yeah,
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that family is full of talent.
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Yeah. Big time.
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Last year, her niece Isabella Nevada went viral for a sweatshirt
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design of Shakira's famous Las mujeres.
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No, Yoran, las mujeres Furan lyric period.
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Now the artist is back in the headlines for another one
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of her art pieces.
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But instead of telling you about it,
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we brought Isabella Memba,
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the artist herself to talk to us about her newest work of
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art titled From the River to the Sea.
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Welcome, Isabella. Hi,
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Isabella. Hi. Thank you guys so much.
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No, thank you for joining us.
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So what were you doing when you were inspired to create this
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work of art? I was actually at my parents' house in
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Miami and I created the piece when I was finally out of
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the paralysis phase of like sadness and anger and into like the
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action phase. So I asked my mom if she could
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buy me a watermelon while she was at the grocery store and
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she was like, yeah,
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sure, whatever. And she thought I was gonna eat it
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But instead I cut it open and,
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you know, I just started drawing it.
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I didn't have any plans for it yet.
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I'm just was drawing from like emotions and reason.
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You know, I just,
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I needed to get something out,
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you know, at what point did you decide that this is
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a piece that you wanted to kind of use to raise funds
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for Gaza and for Palestinians in Gaza.
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Yeah. So originally,
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you know, I had just made it for myself,
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but at some point,
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it kind of clicked that I could use the prints as a
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micro fundraiser to actually help the people directly.
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No. Yeah. And hopefully by having you on and sharing
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this amazing story behind it.
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Like we get more people kind of aware about the situation and
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redirect them over to your site so that they can also,
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you know, join in the cause and help raise some funds
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for the people that really,
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really need it. I wanted to ask too,
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how did your collab on Shakira's Las Mujeres Furan sweatshirt happen?
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Like, can you tell us details when I first listened to
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the song? I became aess like we all did.
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So I was just like repeating it over and over and
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over and while I was on the subway,
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I was like drawing on my ipad and I drew that exact
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sketch. I sent it to my mom because she has a
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t-shirt business. So I was like,
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oh maybe you can like print these T shirts and like just
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sell it to people and she ended up sending it to my
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aunt and she loved it.
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So she pitched it to her team and that's how it all
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started. Awesome. That is awesome.
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Oh, she's really,
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really amazing. Amazing.
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Where can people find your art piece so that they can also
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participate for themselves. It's Mer art.com on Instagram.
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I'm Isabella Mera as well.
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And you can find all my links there.
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Thank you so much.
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Thank you so, so much,
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so much for having me plenty time.
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No, I need to look that website up because I need
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to buy me a print.