Shaping her thoughts with clay

Seeking to unravel the alternate firing techniques with ceramic artist Shweta Mansingka, on one of the hottest days of the year, was like experiencing its high temperatures from the word go. I happily drove to a farmhouse in the outskirts of New Delhi in my dinky. Stuck in an election rally, reached my destination two hours later. Yet pleased to have made it, easily…

An evolving collectible

Remember The Pea Family toys marching in a line on both sides of the ramp wearing Pero’s outfits, during her AW ’15 show?  Well, in all probability they will be same league as Blythe dolls, Luk Thep dolls, Madame Alexander dolls, Lee Middleton dolls, Robert Tonner dolls, Kitty Collier dolls, Betsy McCall dolls, and Mary Englebreit dolls….. to name a few collectible fashion dolls,…

Parked with print makers

Saturday was hectic but whose complaining…… our  WIDEA artisans’ workshop was fantastic, visited a beautiful newly launched home accessories store and viewed this amazing print making art pop-up…….. TOUCH/Parked@Nivasa. There I met Kanika Anand, an independent art writer and the show’s curator. Armed with a Masters in Art History from the National Museum Institute, India and curatorial fellowship from the Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble,…

Traditional weaves are the talk of the day

At the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, an exhibition of Indian history is being shown through its textiles – The Fabric of India. In India too, at the Amazon Fashion Week, being held in New Delhi, Sanjay Garg and Anavila (both featured by Marigold Diary) were chosen to open it as they are seen…

“Flight of Imagination”

It is intoxicating to be listening to the tales of a perfectionist and his journey, specially when the conversation is laced with famous urdu quotes like “log saath aate gaye aur carvan banta gaya!” by Majrooh Sultanpuri. But, staying true to my roots, I got more clued in our conversation only after he told me that he lived like a proud North-Indian in…

Crossing boundaries

Two days ago, I went for the ongoing Dastkar Mela-Crossing Boundaries, which is being held from 17th-28th Sept’15 at Andheria More, Mehrauli, New Delhi. Over there, were artisans showcasing their merchandise from neighboring countries like Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ethopia, Vietnam and few Indian states – U.P., Rajasthan, Bihar, Karnataka, Gujarat and Manipur; though complacent with the knowledge of their craft.

Emulating tribal art life

Devrai is the local name for sacred groves which over time manifests into small pockets of rich biodiversity hotspots. A land lay barren ten years ago, but is transformed into a true Devrai, with over four hundred species of trees, shrubs, bamboos and vines. Its now a characteristic art centre tucked away in the hills of Panchgani, where Mandakini Mathur…

Noida’s discerning Indian store

As a marketing consultant for upcoming brands I had approached Indian August initially to retail a brand. After visiting the store I decided to feature it, as it proudly spelt ‘Made in India’ in everything it displayed; creating a well required niche for itself in Delhi’s satellite town- Noida.

‘Mohabbat’ with kashmir

  Well! It surprised me to find Rahul Sharma’s Santoor (ancient string musical instrument native to Jammu and Kashmir, with origins in Persia) vadan more appealing than christmas carols while writing about Anjali Rana Design, this christmas. In hindsight, I noticed how she too had deliberately taken the best of both contemporary and traditional worlds to recreate the…

Concrete tableware and accessory options

My infatuation for extreme designs understandably drew me towards GOMAADS at the Gurgaon Farmers’s Market early this year, and so I chose to write about it as oppose to the orgasmic food at the venue. Looking at their accessories and tableware I remembered a quote “The details are not just details.They make a design” by Charles Eames- a well known American architect…