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Photo by A&Y

Patterns designed for the tea pouches using the archives of a 5th generation Indian wood & metal block printing family business.
PACKAGING DESIGN / BRANDING
GIRL WITH GUITALELE my web
PRINTMAKING
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EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION
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CERAMIC SCULPTURES
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PUBLISHING DESIGN

Packaging Design/Branding

I love the immediacy of analog techniques. I have been looking at drawings and beautifully packaged things all my life, where do the two meet? Here's some work I did for Door to Asia, Japan and No. 3 Clive Road, New Delhi, India.

From finding out what the design brief was in Japan for our client at Door to Asia 2018, we arrived at a community centre and designing programs for families, children and tourists living in and visiting the town of Rikuzentakata, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.

No. 3 Clive Road: Creative Director 2016-18. Exploring different temple towns for candle packaging and the scent profile they evoke. Some of my work at Clive Road involved making the packaging induce a mood per city as well as sit together and make a family of designs together. Hand drawn using watercolour and inks ( Banaras) and acrylics ( Mahabalipuram). Tea pouch packaging design & art direction for the classic series.

Printmaking

While travelling, in quiet moments, sometimes even in the midst of total chaos - new ideas come and fly past one's head. This is seconds we are talking about. Then they are gone forever! A part of being an illustrator and designer is to keep catching the good ones and releasing the not so good ones. These are then written about, thought about, researched about, drawn about. Then turned into a final iteration or two. A part of my personal practise is printmaking. Solitude, friendship, time, fear and nature are common themes that I often find myself thinking about and exploring in my work. Here's some of it:

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Each of these is an edition print, which means that after the mentioned number of prints has been hand printed on wet paper using the age old hand rolled printing press, the zinc/copper/wood block or plate that the artwork was created on has been destroyed and this artwork can never be recreated again.

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Editorial Illustrations

Selected few editorial illustrations from the weekly column named Personal Histories which I illustrated for Tehelka magazine. People would write a 600 word piece about something that moved them. I really looked forward to reading these open letters of sorts and illustrating the central feeling that emerged from them. Mostly mixed media using sketching, watercolours, scanning them in and finishing them on Adobe Photoshop. 2010-12

The Animal People

An ongoing project using little ceramic beings who will be participating in an important discussion in the future.

Posters

Posters usually made for myself, but sometimes other people like and order a print!

Photo styling

Weekly photo shoots for No. 3 Clive Road, where I worked as their Creative Director from 2016-18.

Film

When my grandfathers passed away, at the funeral I heard all these amazing stories about them and their lives which I wish I had known while they were alive so we could talk about them more! This made me want to document stories of my grandmothers before they would be gone forever too. This film has my grandmothers speak about one profound experience that shaped them. They both passed away a few years after these interviews but we had a film screening with both of them present with friends and family and I will always be thankful for that memory.

Animation

An exploratory animation on the theme of love, made as a meditation to works of the poet Kabir

Publishing design

Book covers, album covers, art porfolios and the smell of freshly printed ink!