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Best of January’18 | #inspiroindia

Greetings,

We’d like you to know that Inspiro India is receiving immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ out there.

In the wake of the phenomenal usage of the ‘Inspiro India’ hashtag, we have a created a new section, ‘Best Pictures of the Month’.

Here are the Best Pictures from the month of January!

(The pictures are not in any supposed order. To get featured in the next month, use hashtag #inspiroindia)

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©Mihir Thakkar

 

 

©Joshi Daniel

 

©Harshit Doshi
©APrampar
©Namrata Vedi

 

 

©Shivam
©Piyush Tanpure

 

 

©Fazil
©Sunny Gala

 

 

©Anshul Mehta
©Manpreet Kaur

 

 

©Upasana
©Shevanee

 

 

©Shivam
©Sachin Chauhan

 

©Anunay Sood
©Mayuresh M. Warang

 

 

©Somia Mallick
©Shardul Umesh Kadam

 

©Manjima
©Rupesh Dev

 

 

©Ankit
©Sakshi Parikh

 

 

©Arfan Abdulazeez
©Harshal

 

 

©Shagun Chawla
©Aryan

 

 

©Manish Deo
©Anshuman

 

 

©Swapnanil Roy

 

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Art | Blog | Interviews

8 February 2018

Interview with Artist: Mira Malhotra

Meet Mira, a graphic designer/visual artist based in Mumbai who is the founder of Studio Kohl, a boutique design house.

Mira Malhotra

 

Inspiro India:  How did you get started? What first got you into Graphic Design Illustrations? Tell us a bit about yourself.

Mira Malhotra: I was raised in Saudi Arabia for the first ten years of my life and left the country for India shortly after the Gulf War. This had an effect on the way I saw my own country and shaped my work. I grew up with a few sources of entertainment in an otherwise dreary freedom-less country, that of shopping malls, supermarkets and heavily censored American TV consisting mainly of sitcoms. Women like my mother were not able to go out of the house alone, and I was conscious of my female status as I saw the disparity. When I came to India, everything felt new. I had been to India once every year on vacation but living here was a totally different experience. It was a hard adjustment to make but eventually, I got used to it. I always drew as a child and was trained under a Filipino watercolourist in Riyadh, KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). I painted mostly animals which I continued independently once in India. My older cousin, an art director in Trikaya grey told me about a career in the arts and in the 7th grade I made up my mind to make it a career.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Visual Art? And the challenges you face as an artist??

MM: I am primarily interested in representing women’s experiences, at least for now. I otherwise like to create work that is conceptual, immediately gratifying which uses visceral line work, feels big and bold, and that is bright and colourful. I am inspired by odd products in the bazaar and Indian domestic life as I grew up in a more westernised home. I had a rocky time with my education. I wanted to go to JJs, tried many times and didn’t make it. I went to Sophia’s for a year and while I found the teaching good, felt there was no exposure and I experienced suffocation. I eventually went to Rachana’s and there too I faced issues. It was only when I went to NID that I really felt like I was seeing an end in mind or more pathways to take. Everything else made me feel stifled and stagnant in one way or the other. I faced great setbacks by being in the wrong school or wrong workplace as well. I enjoyed my first job in editorial but there was only so much I could climb. My second job in advertising made me really question where my work was going. I found picking work and clients more satisfying and working independently fixed a lot of issues because I could steer my work in the direction I liked, but it’s only possible in today’s market and earlier it was not as feasible.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain about your work process?

MM:  A computer. Even though so much of my work is print, I love digital means of creation. There is always an undo button! A Wacom, a large table and a few mechanical pencils are always around. I still love doing analogue work but it doesn’t work with clients 90% of the time. Recently I’ve started working with brush pens, pencils, and solid markers more. My work process with a client is always the conversation, research, conversational research, brainstorming, making connections, conceptualisation, creation and convincing. With my self-initiated work, I don’t sketch for fun though I wish I could. I wait till I have an idea in my head to flesh out and then go ahead. Art is not for art’s sake for me. There’s too little time!

 

Inspiro India: Is studying design in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

MM: It really depends on what you want to do. I think applied arts courses are very limiting. But design schools are expensive, though they offer great exposure. If you are able, vacation courses or summer courses help. Residencies help. But if you learn on your own remember you have to have a lot of drive, and you shouldn’t get easily discouraged. It requires a fair amount of passion and dedication. Find a way to create bread and butter work for yourself so pursuing what you really like won’t make you broke. If you enjoy bread and butter work and that’s your goal then you will find it easier.

 

Inspiro India: Who/What has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

MM: My parents and family. Not anyone special as such. But I have influences from musicians in terms of the way they approach their work and subject matter: The Beastie Boys, Kathleen Hanna, Grimes.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?

MM: An astronaut, a teacher or an artist. Ended up being the artist.

 

Inspiro India: Introduce us to your project ‘Unfolding The Saree’ and the story behind it?

MM: Unfolding the Saree was the culmination of recent incidents and long-term interests as well which resulted in the making of this zine. First was my inspiration from Riot Grrrl and DIY culture. How do I make an Indian version of what I admire about RiotGrrrl but have it well received here and resonate with my cultural experience? I then asked myself, how can I build something that’s so engaging that the material is not trumped by its content or treatment? Designer’s objects are produced in limited quantity, and a lot of craft goes into it, so they are often priced highly. I wanted to avoid that by using cheaper, local material unlike the fancy international papers graphic designers would usually use. The DIY background and my knowledge of printing and local applications of it helped me make a budget-friendly product. Then comes my ongoing interest in items of ‘novelty’, toys found in bazaars, Indian storytelling devices from folk culture, the interactivity of these that make for a very engaging experience, and a didactic one (when paired with a facilitator). When I was at NID, I was exposed to these things by my professors and Mrs Lakshmi Murthy, and this taught me the hardly-recognised value of storytelling devices that stem from folk India, traces of which can be found in low-budget bazaars of today or on my travels through India (I visit the bazaars of every place I travel to for new ideas and spend small fortunes on such objects). I wanted something so engaging, fun, and innovative, you wouldn’t bear to not be able to pick it up, and I wanted this inherently Indian approach to design preserved. I also wanted to make a zine on women and sexuality in some shape or form. Recently I began draping a saree and wearing one for myself and became hypnotised by its variety and the way it’s perceived (is it sexy? is it modest? does it cover up? or does it reveal?), and also its extremely versatile format. In an age where we are actively questioning burkinis and bikinis, and what these garments mean to us, it was exciting to look at the saree this way. Eventually, the format of the saree gave rise to the format of the zine. The content inside talks about several practices, the ghoonghat, the item number, the wet saree, the cover-all saree, nuns wearing sarees, feminist wearing sarees, all question fixed notions on the sarees as a dress that can be confined to eternal raunchiness or feminine dignity. The saree is too shape-shifting to be defined as either. This revealing or unrevealing got translated eventually into the words ‘folding’ or ‘unfolding’. Lastly, I recently joined a collective known as Kadak, which debuted at the East London Comic Arts Festival (ELCAF) this year and I needed to make products for that. What better than to introduce a foreign audience to my own idea of Indian design?

 

Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

MM: Music! I devour around 5 hours of music everyday minimum when I’m at work. I love reading about feminist philosophy as well. I also like gardening.

 

Images by ©Mira Malhotra

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? And Some creative tips you’d like to share?

MM: Trust in yourself, be analytical and observant, find your voice, stop asking for feedback, if you have a doubt- google it! Be brutally honest with yourself.

 

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2 February 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Satbir Singh Waraich

Art is just like breathing is for every living being. The appetite to create can never stop just like a basic necessity for survival is his ‘approach to art’. Satbir Singh Waraich is a self-taught Artist, a computer graduate turned graphic designer and now identifies himself as a painter by profession. His impeccable ability to understand and balance his psyche and make peace with the fact that every stroke is either ‘pre-visualised’ or ‘an error’ is completely justifiable. He also points to the challenging part of making that error from anything to something (silently with strokes and flow).

 

Satbir takes an intricate understanding to his illustrations by painting and sketching. Visual art for him is anything the random human can capture (in the wake of life and reality) for seconds, minutes or a long timeless pause in front of anything and anywhere.

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Satbir Singh Waraich

 

Satbir has been best friends with art and illustrations since childhood being a single child in the family. Well aware of his gifted hands even though it has been only 6 years for him professionally, ‘it was a boy returning home not a hobby’, he says. I believe that Art should tell you something (but not everything).

 

‘I believe that Art should tell you something but not everything!’

His work stresses on ‘people’ and ‘eye contact’ which is the primary stage to be drawn to by us humans.

The artist indicates, while that ‘observant pause’ is extremely crucial and describes visual artistry, it is the layer of emotion which a human experiences and is more likely carry to his or her eternity.

Moreover, if the viewer is eager to open one’s bounded psyche, they’ll be able to identify the stories, guiding signs, hidden paths and written words. Look even closer you’ll find that Satbir paints in the form of small tiny drawings inside the faces and figures.

 

Astute observation skill set when he meets humans is one of his strongest skills, he says ‘humans are very much okay to shed a layer of emotion which artists seek and leech upon to use in his or her art’.

 

Satbir’s typical work process is nothing fancy or similar to a tailored process psyche of an art student. He has a ‘no tool process’ whereby he uses anything and everything from oil paints to water colours or may even end up tearing a sketch and then end up using it on a canvas.

Every day guides this painter differently, he likes riding bikes late at night around farms, collects books regardless of old or new and is currently trying his hands on learning piano. A tea and music lover, he refuses to give advice to his fellow humans. He says there is no point of advising someone when one doesn’t believe and recognise oneself from the inside, it’s a mere wastage of time when the brain is already full and knows what to do!

Words by Harpreet

 

Tangled Mirror

Merged Emotions

Monks

Pendent Protecters

Images by ©Satbir Singh Waraich

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Art | Blog | Interviews

25 January 2018

Interview with Artist: Niteesh Yadav

Meet Niteesh, an engineering drop out who now lives and breathes Typography.

Niteesh Yadav

 

Inspiro India:  How did you get started? What first got you into Typography? Tell us a bit about yourself.

Niteesh Yadav: My journey has been a bit different from the usual ones. I am an engineering dropout (second year) who started working as a self-taught designer initially and then after working for a while I decided to join college. From then I have been moving along with the life of a student and simultaneously working as a Design Consultant, looking after a Design division of a startup as well as working on freelance projects. The best part of this journey is the people I have worked with right from the beginning.

The love for illustrating letters and quotes got me into studying and exploring more about type. I used to draw a lot of letters and after a certain time, I started to realize that though they look good something is still missing and to fill that gap of making it better, I started to dig in deeper to learn about the technical aspects of Typography. Things that make a letter look more pleasing to eyes, this was the beginning and that learning is still going on.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? Any challenges you faced as an artist Designer?

NY: From the past two years, my work has been typing oriented but I am in my exploration phase of trying new styles and mediums to express my ideas. Started as an Interface designer then explored my way into print and packaging and now working with type and illustrations. Soon you might find me experimenting with some unconventional and bizarre mediums as well.

Working as a Graphic Designer, the first and foremost challenge is to get in sync with the client and vice versa. Resonating at the same frequency is very important otherwise the whole project might go back and forth. Another thing which we face is variable project requests, sometimes a lot of project requests bombard at the same time and we have to prioritize which ones to accept (choosing the right ones is a task in itself.) Also, you find yourself standing in the Thar Desert at times waiting for that one project but treat it as a golden period of refreshment, start your own personal project or just take a break to rejuvenate your creative juices.

 

Elephant Type

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you can’t live without? Can you please explain your work process?

NY: All I need is a pencil and a paper! I am fond of getting my hands dirty as it is way faster. You can just do it on the run while eating on a tissue. We never know when the idea might pop in. Once the ideas are sorted then only I hit the screen to design it digitally. When you make things physically, there is a strong bond that is established. How often that smile comes on your face when you go through your old drawing books and now compare that same thing with an old folder on your desktop.

In my projects, I follow a structure which starts from receiving a brief from the client or to make one based on the client’s request (This happens a lot while working with Indian clients). Next step is to do an extensive research to put the pieces together and get a clear picture of the project and an approach to it. Then its time to pick up the pencil, our WMC (weapon of mass creation), sketching several ideas then finalizing which ones to share with the client. I restrict the number of concepts since as Designers we are supposed to use our expertise to help people and not to confuse them. One final approach is decided, I move on to refinement and iteration phase (limited iteration mentioned in the agreement). This phase includes feasibility testing of ideas and many designers ignore this but I have learned that it is a crucial one as impossible is possible on screen. People use mockups blindly on the web to just showcase to the clients and without even knowing their feasibility, the clients are usually awestruck at that time but face problems later while trying to execute them.

I recall a project, Identity design of a new line of a Fashion House for which I sat down in their workshop working with the people to test the feasibility of selected designs using different embroidery techniques. Finally, after working for several hours we figured out a way to make it work from design and execution perspective. If a design doesn’t serve its purpose then it is a waste.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying illustration in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

NY: Rather than just focusing on illustrations right from the beginning I would recommend, if you are enrolling in College then start with Design as a broad sphere then explore your interests and qualities to decide on your specialization. This will help you out in framing your goals. If you are sure that you want to get into illustration then start practising and try to expose yourself to as many styles as possible as well as other people’s work which is going to help you out in expanding your knowledge about the immense possibilities. As illustrations are not just about the pencil, paper, watercolours etc., it’s your medium of expression and how you take it forward creates your style. Art or Design college is a place where you are exposed to a lot of things, there are no set books or hard guidelines. It’s you who is supposed to absorb that information and explore further.  The only alternative I can think of is your dedication and handwork.

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being an illustrator?

NY: I mostly refrain from using the word illustrator as very small part of my work is illustrations. The thing I like when I am illustrating is the amount of freedom I have to express the ideas which are sometimes very limited while working on regular design projects that have very rigid client briefs.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become during your childhood?

NY: I wanted to join the army but as I grew up I went on being more inclined towards creative stuff and now I am on my small little crusade of making useful things to fight bad designs and help people with my work.

 

Inspiro India: Can you explain to our readers a bit about your ‘Dream Big Project’ on an elephant?

NY: ‘Type on Elephant’ is one of my ‘close to heart piece’ as it was a whole new experience for me. I had spent a significant amount of time with the elephant observing their behaviour and the best way we can be around them so they don’t feel uneasy.  All that helped me a lot in working on it and there was not even a single moment when I felt scared.

It is part of India Through Type Series that aims to bring out some unique and interesting aspects of India through Typography based experiments. It also focusses on some important aspects such as dying crafts which are in dire need of being brought into the limelight. Simply talking about these and putting forward the same old stuff will not work as it has been tried several times in the past. So this is the reason I am working on creating a new experience for these things.

 

Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

NY: I am really fond of travelling and exploring more about people,  culture and especially places which are close to nature. This is the reason I have been working remotely for the past couple of months and moving around.

 

Artwork by ©Niteesh Yadav

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? Some creative tips you’d like to share?

NY: Do what you love and give your 100% to it! There are times when you are working where you won’t get full freedom to create things of your choice. Develop a habit of working with guidelines.

To let your creative juices flow, work on some self- initiated projects as they are going to help you in creating things where you have full freedom and control over what you are doing but always have a purpose why you are doing it. It can be “just to make myself happy.” What it does is that you will never feel that you have wasted your time at any point in time.

 

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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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Blog | Photography

12 January 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Gitesh Gupta

Gitesh Gupta, also known as ‘Luke CG’ is a professional photographer who hails from the scenic hills of Kullu. His journey started from his engineering days with the first photograph he clicked from his brother’s camera. His fascination gave birth to a zeal to view the world through the lens of a camera. The episode made him realise the power of perspective and imagination combined with a single click!

 

Gitesh Gupta

 

For Gitesh, the premise of any concept is human emotion, which ranges from the bliss of happiness to dejection of sadness. He feels that photography is a similar journey- it is always about telling a tale through a picture and different types of software are the tools that aid the process. His work is heavily influenced by cinema. He is fond of sci-fi action, and movies that exhibit drama with excellent cinematic experience. There is a lot to learn, he says, from the nuances of such sources- about lighting, camera angle etc. He finds in it interesting visuals and concepts in motion and a great source of learning. Thus trying to implement all of it in his work, in an innovative way.

He is largely inspired by events happening in his surroundings- bustling streets, clouds-anything and everything so to say. He also draws inspiration from another artist’s work. All of it encourages him to create a definitive work of his own. Music is another important feature that adds a cherry on the top of all his hard work.

 

When asked about his post-processing, perfection at first glance, he mentions that it all depends on how one sees things. He thinks of it as a puzzle, which has to be arranged in a  perfect manner, conjoining the right pieces, which don’t make him feel scared about the process, unlike many other people.

He compares post processing to cooking- some like it spicy, some like it sweet, but an excess of flavours might upset one’s tongue. In the same way, one has to be efficient while making use of different kinds of software available due to improved technology, he adds. The Creative Head puts to use his Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon 6D cameras along with Canon 70-200mm f2.8, Canon 85mm 1.8, Canon 16-35mm f4 and Sigma Art 24-35mm f2 when it comes to picking the right lenses. Phottix Indra500 and 120cm Octabox for the lighting. 

He primarily uses Adobe Photoshop CC for editing along with Wacom Tablet on his iMac 27. He feels Pen Tablet makes life much easier by aiding a precise selection as well as blending different elements together. He also recommends people to try one for retouching.

 

A typical day in his life is indeed scenic with a life in the mountains. Gupta prefers working late at night for editing as it is more peaceful and can focus better on ideas. His daytime is spent in regular official work-queries, e-mails, phone calls etc.

His favourite subject to click is a ‘yes’ to the camera by the subject. The attraction lies in the mysterious ways the eyes try to speak. Gitesh does not have a favourite location but he desires to explore the picturesque landscapes of Iceland and New Zealand.

 

The photography mantra he shares with our readers is to “Learn+Shoot+Practice+Repeat”. The first shot, Gitesh Gupta says, is never perfect-one, one has to rigorously practice for it.

For better results, he mentions, one needs to click a good-quality picture with the camera, and the post-processing edits can add finish to it. 
His message for people struggling in the field of photography is to never search hopelessly for the answers but figure out the right questions which will finally lead you to the solution.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

Images by ©Gitesh Gupta

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Art | Blog | Inspiration

7 January 2018

Artist Spotlight: Joy Brasilino | iiOverseas

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ has been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing creative community.
We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

The end of the year calls for a new fortnightly ‘Overseas Feature’ representing ‘Creative Heads’ from all over the globe.
Inspiro India brings to you the ‘iiOverseas

 

Intense feelings of passion and freedom while creating was what made Joy Brasilino decide her path towards creating art. Feelings which began during her childhood, she began in a playful and uncompromising manner like true artists do. Joy is from São Luís, a city in Maranhão, Brazil. Only in her early teens did she realize that this is what she would do to live. ‘I have taken the practice seriously since’, she says.

 

Joy Brasilino

 

As a child, Joy was very confused by the conflicts between her heart and what the world expected of her. Nevertheless, she always felt she wanted to be in some creative career.

 

Visual art means everything to Brasilino, it is something that carries extremely complex meanings to possibilities. To be more accurate, it also describes what is within her. Art has saved her life, she says. It still has continued to give her higher perspectives on life. ‘I was also given a certain adventurous spirit, a researcher, curious in the way we all are as children’, says Joy Brasilino.

 

Joy doesn’t really recognize her art to be of a particular style. She is still reforming in search for a unique style. Every artwork she creates is quite different from each other.

 

Her approach to illustration starts by analyzing what she has done so far, a more realistic approach than a stylized one, Joy does not intend to maintain a fixed style. She is always trying to reform her practice in illustration for something freer along with more personality as she creates.

 

Her portraits try to capture feminine glances, other times immersions in ethereal, abstract and coloured sensations, and a certain variation of possibilities within it.

 

She also thinks most of the challenges faced by her are common to every artist in the beginning. In terms of financial obstacles, the search for a proper and consistent visual identity is one challenge Joy has engaged with. ‘But a specific challenge has concentrated a lot of her attention, which is to be away from the great courses and art universities, which would really teach me practice and the market. So that makes me self-taught, and sometimes not as well-oriented as I’d like’, admits Joy Brasilino.

 

Pencil, paper, a computer for research and a tablet are the tools she can’t imagine her artistic life without. Her work process consists of trying to capture abstract sensations, combining aesthetic references, and ultimately trying to develop a technique combining with all that she has got. Usually, she scribbles on random papers in random places. And when she gets home, she tries to develop the idea by combining photographic references, songs, and everything that makes her feel what she wants to get through. After that, it’s hours and days of immersion in those feelings and references!

 

Personally, the creative head doesn’t believe in ‘pure talent or in that concept of ‘genius artist’. Everything comes in a magical and mysterious way. She believes that a gift can mean absolutely nothing without study and hard work. So she tries to develop her studies of photography, lighting, anatomy, colour, texture, composition. Most of her published works are studies. She also believes a university can help a lot in this process. The institution helps to stay focused and learn new things that would take more time to discover alone. ‘Having a teacher, an experienced master leading the way is wonderful. But I think a self-directed study should never be abandoned’, adds Brasilino.

 

 

Joy’s strongest skill is the ability she has to focus completely on what she is working or researching on. Not to forget, aligning her eyes with her hand a lot, the ability to portray real things with fidelity. ‘But I don’t believe that the latter is something so fundamental to an artist’, adds the artist.

 

Besides work, Joy is in love with the light. It is something that permeates her daily life, observe the incidence of light, variation, colour. She also believes it is something that focuses a lot on her work, especially the colours and the energy that each one goes through. ‘I’m fissured by all this’, she says.

 

The artist believes Osho and all this oriental spiritual wisdom to be the biggest influence in her way of thinking. It has been a daily reform of her principles which has also brought her closer to freedom, creativity, harmony and authenticity.

 

All that causes pleasure, comfort and enjoyment through an almost ethereal presence, be it sonorous, visual or completely immaterial is what defines beauty for Joy!

 

Joy’s inner artist advises our readers to look for their own voice. She says, ‘Often we think we’re being ourselves, and we have a voice of our own, but we’re actually stuck in what they expect us to be, what they taught us was better, and often it’s so far from the truth and so far from ourselves. To know yourself, for the first time. Find your unique energy and put your strength into it. Only then will we be able to live fully and only then we can make an authentic art. I’m still learning this practice but it makes difference even in the beginning’.

 

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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.

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