Desert Traditions grew out of a response to an earthquake and a desire to make beneficial change in the world. The primary aim of its founders, Carole Douglas and Mike Sloane, is to provide opportunities for cultural exchange through travel, exhibitions, publications, products and social enterprise projects. Carole and Mike have travelled, lived and worked extensively overseas including Canada, Europe, America, India and the Pacific region.
About Carole Douglas
Carole is a New Zealand born award winning artist, curator and environmental advocate with a life long passion for travel, traditional arts and textiles. She has lived and travelled widely in the Americas, Europe, the Pacific region and India and currently lives in Sydney, Australia with her family.
Carole holds tertiary qualifications in education, fine art, design and social ecology and has combined her life experiences, professional expertise and skills to become a champion of creativity, sustainable enterprise and social justice issues. With Carole as leader, Desert Traditions cultural and textile tours to India are unique events aimed at the traveler and lover of textiles with an eye for the different.
Well respected in the wider community Carole is responsible for a number of important projects in India and Australia.
She is currently working on her book, ‘Not Dreaming, Drowning’, based on her long-standing relationship with the people and communities of Kutch in India.
About Mike Sloane
Mike is an engineer whose experience covers the ceramics, waste, bronze casting, arts and aquarium industries with particular expertise in water systems. He is currently working in for an international water technology company. Mike brings a lifetime’s experience in international project management and logistical skills to Desert Traditions and to Carole’s life as an artist. He has travelled with her on a number of occasions and maintains a keen interest in the people of the Kutch area in India. His role in Desert Traditions is to manage budgets, fine tune the systems for each small group tour and to offer a calm head when the going gets complicated!