Hi, I'm Samia. I'm a graphic designer and an artist based in Punjab, India. Some of my skills include web design, graphic design, illustration, packaging design, community design, brand strategy, printmaking, UI & UX design, storyboarding, product mood photography, system design.

I am the Creative Director of Preet Nagar Residency, an artist and writers residency that I run with my family, in Preet Nagar. An intended community set up by my great grandfather in the 1930s between Amritsar & Lahore, the two cultural hubs of pre-partitioned Punjab.

Oh, and I make music with my Delhi based band Station Ikigai.

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Exploring the North East

The sketch for this was made in a jeep while driving up to Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh from Guwahati, Assam for a music festival. Nobody could quite say how long the drive would take. Everybody we asked had a different answer. My friend and I braced for a 7 hour drive but it ended up being close to 12 hours and to top that off we had a drunk driver who kept taking "breaks"! After getting the taxi driver out of one of his various drinking stops and banning his breaks (only in India) - to calm down, I started to sketch the magnificent tropical forest and all the signage BRO ( Border Roads Organisation :)) had put through the endless mesmerising forest. A rare long drive where you see the jungle and barely any human settlements.

Etching, Edition of 10.

Lady Next door (Etching edition of 10, Florence 2012) Sold Out

Lady next door

While studying in Florence, I used to often look outside my room's window where this lady would occasionally be looking back at me, if she wasn't out buying groceries with her dog, or watching TV. She could have been about 80 and I used to think about her living alone, smoking as she watched people on the road go by.
Etching 2012 (Sold Out)
Design x craft, Creative Interruptions festival, British Film Institute, London

Product design, arts and crafts

My paintings of Punjab printed on tea towels and interpreted by local weavers as a Khes, as part of Creative Interruptions' artist residency at Preet Nagar Residency. Acrylic on canvas, textile design, woven khes