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19 January 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Avantika Mathur

Avantika Mathur thinks she was born to dabble in art. Music and art have always been a part of her life since the age of two. With time, she became more conscious about it and her curiosity grew in art progressively through time.

 

Art imitates life. She flows with it like a bohemian. Stereotypes don’t bind her. Initially, she experimented with form and style trying to find a unique style of her own. With experience, she is growing both in confidence and inspiration to discover herself.
An artist’s challenge is to be able to portray their ideas. So now, she paints and explores her style in different mediums. Her art is a narrative of who she is.
A new age artist also faces challenges of how to reach out to a larger audience and understand art. Further, artists occasionally slip into ‘dry’ unproductive phases in creativity. This can be very frustrating. Overcoming challenges are what makes an artist’s life exciting.

 

Avantika Mathur

 

Art is a universal language. It’s refreshingly liberating to Avantika. It’s her world where she can be whoever she wants to be without any outer power controlling her. It is freedom. Her artworks are like her wings.

 

As a surrealist artist, she is prone to be highly imaginative, easily crossing into a realm beyond real-life imagery. She often explains to people that she lives an uncompromising world which is totally her own. Her paintings are where people can get lost into and try to find the narrative. Another distinctive feature of her art is a riot of colours. She says, “When life shines in full glory, why be subtle? ”

 

As she mentioned earlier, she was into art since childhood. Soon she grew out of crayons into scribbling on scrapbooks, onto canvas and walls – that must be around age six, she reminisces. A decision to take art as a profession came after high school when she was planning to start her study for college. She chose her passion and which gave her happiness. Earning out of something you are passionate about and you love is a dream! And she is living her dream everyday!

 

With a Bachelors degree in Fine Art (Painting) and Art History from the University of the Philippines, Manila, and her Masters in Creative Painting from SNDT, Mumbai, she is formally well versed with fine arts.
A very observant person, her paintings are not just portraits; they are an essay, a narrative, which tries to capture multiple aspects of the character she is painting. Look deeper and you will find that the face in each portrait or artwork will convey not just the features of the individual, but the ethnic identity, the temperament and the power behind those eyes.
Her ‘Emerge series’ is a tribute to women- their rise in the new world order irrespective of their background.

 

A Surrealist, her process is to dream-reflect-compose-sketch-paint-display. Her Imagination is her most favourite and often used tool. The fuel to her imagination is her life and her adventure. Moreover, her artworks are not about the final product but more about the process and the journey to reach there. Each artwork is a discovery. Art teaches her something new every day.

 

The golden words, “Everyone has an artist inside. It is you who has to find your pensive moments. Pick up the material and let go. Who other than you to best understand the voice of your subconscious. Depict it. Art is a channel. Use it to find yourself. You will realise how liberating it feels”

 

Artwork by ©Avantika Mathur

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10 January 2018

Blogger of the Week: Vinitha Shetty

Vinitha Shetty is a blogger, stylist and a production manager. An all-rounder, ‘Beingnita’ is a blog about a girl next door’s journey which strives on figuring out latest trends. The idea behind the blog is to have an individual style intact. She features high street, affordable luxury and even thrift buys giving rise to an array of personal style for a perfect look.

 

Vinitha’s blog is not your average blog, she says she does not see people accepting their flaws that often. Shetty adds, ‘I see it in their style, but they seem to not mention why or how they chose their outfit’. This is where she stands out from the crowd and does things differently. She makes each outfit a step-by-step!

 

The blogger prefers to dress comfortably with a touch of modern and desi styling. She features clothes that suit her the best irrespective of trends and adds her own touch to the outfit.

Mood, as well as her current weight, is her primary source of inspiration when it comes to fashion and style. Apart from that, she loves stalking other bloggers and their take on fashion.

 

A plethora of picture-perfect bloggers, with great skin and perfect body, made her want to start her own blog. She also wanted to represent women with different body types and skin tones.

 

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Vinitha Shetty believes blogging is a great way for people who are invested in fashion to engage with those who do not take it as a full-time job and would find it helpful in terms of latest trends in the fashion world. ‘I think blogging is a huge responsibility as you want to give your end user the ultimate source of information’, mentions the blogger.

 

Being Nita is a variation of her name, the blog intends to show her audience a different side of her. A reform of herself – ‘Nita’

Beingnita’s audience is varied and consists of a majority of 16-year-olds looking for latest fashion ideas. Women in their mid-twenties look for relatable stories to read whereas women in their late twenties hunt for sustainable fashion via her blog!

 

The multifaceted blogger would like to venture out into making more videos in the near future. She uses a Canon 700D with a 50mm lens for her pictures.

 

Vinitha says, ‘If you like it, wear it. Trends and fashion faux pas are not the law!’ Someone who’d like to start blogging or is new to blogging, being true to oneself is a must. The ultimate point of blogging should be to portray one’s true version and not a make-believe persona!

Words by Harpreet
©Vinitha Shetty

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3 January 2018

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15 December 2017

Creative Head of the week: Aaditya Singh

Aaditya Singh realised that art was his calling due to his mother who is an oil paint artist. Choosing to become an artist was never decided but he used to sketch whenever he got time whilst grade 8 to 10. He then quit sketching since he had to focus on his studies. Come April 2015, while he was preparing for his MBA entrance exams he started sketching once more. Drawing was a way to escape the numbers in quant! He used to study and attend classes in the morning/afternoon and used to sketch late at night. He focused on creating realism portraits as he had always been fascinated with human facial features. He adored the fact that even a small difference here and there could change the way one looks and not only that, but how different the same person would look depending on the way and angle the light fell on the face. Once he began sketching, he strived to become better at it by practising every day.

 

His approach was straightforward. He already had a Pinterest page where he kept a board with photographs of different individuals/models. Whenever he started sketching he picked up pictures from there and began drawing different facial features like eyes, nose, lips and hair. From there he started the process of getting all the facial features to look as realistic as possible. It was difficult in the beginning but constant practising evolved his skills. The challenge he faced, and still sometimes faces is that he just doesn’t like to sit at one place for long. Getting distracted quickly was a habit that has stayed with him even today. Apart from that whenever he sketched he kept either an anime, movie or a random documentary on YouTube playing, plus either games or any social media page on his phone. As a result, any sketch that should take one hour took three. This became a serious challenge when he began accepting commissions and had deadlines and even today he is working to fix this.

 

According to him, art, be it visual, audio or appealing to any other sense, must create some meaning to the one experiencing it. That’s how one generates value out of any experience, right? And what works for one may not necessarily work for all. He has never been able to understand abstract art. Never did, still doesn’t. But there are people willing to pay millions for it (art by Jackson Pollock for example). So visual art to him is anything that makes complete sense to the one experiencing it, as a viewer, and can connect to it. Everyone pays for any art that they see or experience either through monetary means or time. If the visual art creates value for a person, then it is an experience worth that expenditure.

 

To explain his style to someone who has never seen his work, Singh tries to create something on a piece of blank paper, by either using pencils or colours, what the human eyes see. Though he mostly tries creating realistic human portraits, he is known to dab the brush in the paint to bring the night sky on a canvas from time to time.

 

He started sketching seriously in 2015. It was meant to be something that would help him calm down and distract his mind from all the math he had to study every day. He started taking it as something more than a hobby or something that he did just for himself which was the case when he began getting requests to make portraits of people from Facebook. The most amazing part, he had not even met those people! That was when he understood that art can be something more than just a hobby.

 

Aaditya does not have any Art-related study background. It was sheer practice every single day that helped him improve. He experimented using different techniques (studied the portraits created by other artists on Instagram) and tried to integrate what he learnt from observing them into his sketches.

 

According to him, his will to keep improving by the passing day is his greatest strength. He believes that It takes a lot of patience. He says that when one makes sketches, not every single one of them turns out the way one wanted, especially when they are working with watercolours. He has torn and thrown away more pieces than he can remember, but still those pieces only helped him understand what he could have done better and made sure that he didn’t repeat the same mistakes again.

 

Being a volunteer at Ahimsa which is an NGO for stray animals in Mumbai, he showcases his love for animals and wildlife. Apart from that, he loves to cook food and likes experimenting in the kitchen just like with his art. His love for music can never be lessened as it is something that helps him sleep better at night. He even writes lyrics, poems and loves to take a dip in a pool or simply swim. He feels that he is only one dive away from becoming a certified scuba diver! A few things that keep him busy when he is not drawing.

 

He feels the need to have his own space when he is working. One of the reasons why he sketches post-midnight is because he doesn’t like to sleep much so these are the hours he utilises to create some realistic drawings. He studies the photographs that he is about to draw before he even touches any tools. The first step is to understand which features require focus, what parts will take and which areas he is most likely to mess up. Once he is done with that he picks up his tools and starts drawing. 
The tools he uses are graphite, pencil (Mars Lumograph series), black and white ink (Copic), watercolours (Camel Artists’ watercolours), watercolour pencil (Luna Aquarelle) and sheets of paper (either 200, 250 or 300 gsm).

 

According to him creating art is not that difficult or complex. Art comes in all shapes, sizes and colours and everyone can do something or the other. All one needs to do is make some time for it. He feels that while everyone is trying to chase the orthodox careers, kids are made to believe from a young age that they must pursue to be successful and most of them give up on their passions (which 99% of the time is some form of art). He says that one doesn’t necessarily have to spend multiple hours in a day dedicated to creating the chosen form of art, just sometimes every day can help one discover where true talent lies. He also stresses the fact that learning is something that one must never stop.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

Images by ©Aaditya Singh

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4 December 2017

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1 December 2017

Creative Head of the week: Sarah Naqvi

Sarah Naqvi stumbled upon questions regarding the existence of women in the society and taboos spanning over the same while going through the process of understanding the female body.

 

Sarah felt morally obligated to address the issue by using embroidery to share her thoughts. Embroidery is a versatile and ancient art form which was interestingly done by mostly women and thus was perfect for what she wanted to showcase!

 

Naqvi works on topics such as menstruation and body shaming. She has received immense support from young girls, positive criticism, threats and nasty comments from anonymous people over direct messages on Instagram.

Interestingly, a couple of her artworks were taken down by Instagram for obstruction of community guidelines which were considered obscene even though there are highly sexualised and altered images of women all over the app.

 

Nitesh Mohanty, Ghada Amer and Shirin Neshat are some of the artists who inspire Miss Naqvi. Each embroidery takes anything from a month to a couple of days to complete depending on how much time she gets with her daily schedule.

 

The idea behind her artworks is to portray a society which is suffering from deeply rooted patriarchy and has ultimately created, cultivated and enforced an idea of the ‘ideal woman’.

 

She works with a range of different mediums, but embroidery is positively one of her biggest strengths. ‘With every stitch I make, I hope that it challenges these common apperceptions and shows how much strength and voice every piece can carry’, says Sarah Naqvi.

Words by Harpreet

 

Art/Images by ©Sarah Naqvi

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1 December 2017

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24 November 2017

Creative Head of the week: Nupur Singh

Nupur Singh hails from National Institute of Fashion Technology in Mumbai. She learnt Fashion Photography in college but never entirely picked it up until she joined Instagram in 2013.

A platform to share her photos and stay up to date with what her friends were doing got her in the mood!

 

She started liking neat frames once she realised Instagram was much more than a social media application. It was full of

designers, artists, photographers, bakers, video-makers, bloggers and content creators sparking the inspiration instantly.

 

Nupur is all in for expression, ‘I want to express to the world my liking for food, for ordinary doors and walls, for flowers. I want to express my troubled thoughts. I want to express my fashion sense. I want to express what I think looks good’. Hence, she creates her expressions in the form of pictures!

 

She looks for a story in her pictures, where the subject came from, how the subject poses and what compliments the subject.

For instance, whilst styling a dish, she makes sure to play around with a few ingredients on the side to give the viewer the feel of how it was prepared.

 

Nupur doesn’t follow any rules while preparing frames, whatever feels right in the moment gets her attention and on work to create pictures. The elements are kept ready before every shoot, however, the composition of those is done spontaneously!

 

A Canon 60D semi-professional camera, coupled with 50mm f/1.8  and 24mm f/2.8 lenses make the cut to her photography gear.

She shoots in raw format, following which her pictures go through four stages of editing – Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, VSCO and finally some minor Instagram adjustments.

 

 

The online creative community inspires her the most. Appreciations and compliments from followers on Instagram,

inspires her to become even better. ‘You see, inspiration is everywhere. One just has to find it!’, says Nupur Singh.

 

Photos by ©Nupur Singh

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