Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Today, I was inspired by a 'wreath'. Inspired by its form, its structure and its components, I started designing patterns and fabrics with 'wreath' as a theme. (Work in progress). A wreath, I always though was only used for Christmas decorations. The dictionary defines the wreath as 'a circular band of flowers, foliage, or any ornamental work, for adorning the head or for any decorative purpose; a garland or chaplet.'
A few more details about the photograph: Woven table cloth and placemat designed by Aarti Badamikar, woven in Karur. Art direction by Mahesh Jagtap/Niteen Rangdal. The wreath/coffee beans conception and photography by Malhar Sawant.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Elegant novelties, sophisticated and trendy are a few adjectives which I guess explain what I wish to say about these glass objet d'art. All of them are designed and created by my friend and a ceramic & glass designer Aayushi Jindal. Therefore all credits to her... though I deserve the photo credits. While shooting these products I experienced that it is easy to photograph others works than your own. I never have shot such good images of my own work. Enough about photography now, it will be good if Aayushi herself comments on her work instead of me adding some more adjectives.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
... for a pre-rain experience
Missing aapnu Amdavad!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Photo Credits: Swapnil Sakhare 2006
The above sari is with a contemporary design inspired by art and tradition. The motifs are inspired from the works of artist Joan Miro, it is printed on a crepe fabric with and the borders and pallu are hand embroidered by silk with a deeper shade making the sari a monochromatic drape.
A book worth reading
Mr. Vijai Singh Katiyar, a designer, senior faculty at NID and my guide has recently written a book “Indian Saris: Traditions – Perspectives – Design". A blog on this subject by the author is here. Mr. MP Ranjan also writes about this book on his blog.
I haven't yet read the book, but I had a chance to flip through when it was still in a manuscript stage. Apart from traditions and designs, it also has a focus on the sari to be used by the younger generation which today is influenced by the western clothing. It throws light on the contemporary use of the sari.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Crafty Christmas! Snowflake is a nice dynamic Christmas motif. Having a 3D geometry, the snowflake motif is always shown in a hexagonal 2D geometric shape. Working on the Christmas concept with paper, I crafted a few kirigami snowflakes but in an octagonal shape. Folding and cutting paper to get an eight angled snowflake is easier than getting a six edged. I preferred the easier way out and it was good fun folding and cutting paper to get different shapes each time you unfold it.
Technique inventors… Japanese are smart people. I am familiar to a few A few Japanese techniques like origami, kirigami, shibori, sashiko. I’m sure there are many more. They also have amusing and bewitching names like wabi sabi, fuva fuva, boro boro, shimi zimi etc. all of which are great design inspirations.