Pensive Penning

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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    I integrate oxymorons in my work, inspired from Indian culture & architecture. Every great design starts with just one dot, infinitely multiplying to create patterns & structures. I am a textile artist primarily working with prints & fabric sculpting using origami, specializing in kinetic fabric forms for space optimization - with an ethnic aesthetic. I am driven by order, conscientious planning, intricacy & symmetry in my work that is combined with layers, both intuitive & literal.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: Beginning with hand illustrations, and then digital drawing according to pre-set creases and folding patterns, I move on to printing the designs on desired fabric, proceeding to hand-embroidery or beadwork where required. I further do the wet treatment of fabric to stiffen it, and then using origami methods, fold each fabric as planned based on the creases. I finally finish my products as per their applications, like lighting or wall art etc.

    A: Textiles are seen to be soft, two dimensional mediums usually. My love for textile design and origami combined together gave me the liberty to explore textiles in a three dimensional space, by sculpting them, structuring them, almost mimicking architecture while retaining the softness of fabrics. My obsession with Mandala art also plays a vital role in the prints I create, the repetition of dots, lines and shapes have a very meditative aspect to them, a sense of serenity.

    A: There are many paper origami artists, and also many fabric pleating artists, but very few who work with fabric origami as a concept. My work was all created from a tiny room in Jersey City through the pandemic within a three-month span. I have always been amused by illusions, and it translates in my work as well with the interesting intersection of prints, colors, folding technique and light.

    A: My inspiration seeded from watching my grandmother, one of the most resourceful artist and designer I have seen. I grew up watching her knit, crochet, paint and transform the most ordinary objects to something spectacular. Since I chose the path of a textile design, Issey Miyake has been my greatest inspiration. Apart from that, the places I visit, books I read (mostly philosophical now), conversations with people, music and singing - all of my daily mundane activities drive my craft.

    A: Craft focuses on kinship : I am inspired by various Indian handicrafts, architecture and cultural elements, and my technique of illustration comes from the very ancient craft of India called Kalamkari, meaning hand painting. Not only is it my starting point for most projects, it is also my go-to place for calmness and motivation - the natural flow of lines and patterns. The craft not only speaks about Indian culture, but of the community whose intricate craftsmanship has inspired many.

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