Sunday, December 27, 2015

#Just Spotted: Yelena Bryksenkova

I am in love with Yelena's illustrations. They remind me of a stash of christmas cards made by CRY Foundation that I've had with me since I was 14.. and that they were so beautiful that I never sent them out :) Yelena's work is fascinating, comforting and beautiful to look at all at once. And her sketchbooks look like they could be made into books :) It's truly impossible to pick out the once's I liked best but here are a few.. Definitely check out her work here





Monday, December 14, 2015

#Just Spotted: Izziyana Suhaimi

I stumbled upon Izziyana Suhaimi's wonderful illustrations today and enjoyed looking at them immensely. Her work moves beyond the paper, which serves as her base and flows into colourful and meticulous stitches that weave stories around her drawings. Here is the article where her works are featured. Below are my favourites!






Friday, October 23, 2015

Met Gala 2016 {Manus x Machina}


The Met Gala is something I have been following since 2013. The Fashion round up is always fresh and more personal and I love what the celebrities choose every year. My post on the 2013 event was probably the best show I've seen so far. Ever since my transition into the gaming industry, I confess I've had lesser and lesser time to indulge in some good old fashion watching. so you can imagine my joy when when I read that the 2016 Met Gala is titled "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" and will be seen as a collaborative event between two giants- Vogue and Apple. Apple Design Chief Jony Ive will be serving as co-chair of the event.

Jony Ive, Ana Wintour, Andrew Bolton

Vogue reports "The upcoming exhibition will focus on the dichotomy between handmade haute couture and machine-made fashion. “Traditionally, the distinction between the haute couture and prêt-à-porter was based on the handmade and the machine-made,” explains Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute. “But recently this distinction has become increasingly blurred as both disciplines have embraced the practices and techniques of the other.”

Apple's decision in 2014 to bring Angela Ahrendts (ex-Burberry CEO) as Apple's new SVP of Retail and Online Stores and it's sponsorship for the 2016 Gala and Costume Institute exhibition brings out Apple's core philosphy of combining great design in product ideation. Known for it's luxury branding and sophisticated products, Apple launched the Apple Watch, it's first wearable device this year, beinging in great potential for fashion to inspire technology driven projects. 

The new Apple Watch, in collaboration with Hermes

What's in store for us?
The show will feature more than 100 pieces of fashion, both haute couture and ready-to-wear. Several handmade couture items, featuring techniques such as embroidery, pleating, and lacework, will be juxtaposed with machine-made designs showcasing new technologies like laser cutting, thermo shaping, and circular knitting. The exhibition will also have several “in process” workshops, including 3-D printing, in which the public will be able to see these designs take shape.

The Met Gala will be held on May 2nd, 2016. in New York City. I am really excited to see what's coming!

Friday, September 11, 2015

A perfect cup of tea

Sometimes joy can be found in the little things. For me, a perfectly brewed cup of tea is one of them. Everybody has their own style and recipe for a cup of tea. Black, green, yellow or colourless, light or full bodied, the choices are endless and yet, there is a recipe for every need. I happen to have in-laws who also really enjoy their cup of tea and take an interest in building that one good cup of chai. Every time I visit, there is a new mix that's followed and the results are always great! So I'm documenting some of the recipes that I've seen so far including some of my own for people who appreciate simpler recipes.


Enjoy!



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Alice turns 150

Illustration by Sir John Tunnel

What fun! It's been 150 years since Alice in Wonderland was first published. Despite having read countless abridged versions of it, I finally got my own copy only a few years back. It's a lovely unabridged version and belongs to the Vintage Series.


I stumbled onto the official website that has been created to mark this occasion and there are quite a few things that I found exciting like these videos below that actually play on loop.

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The website is filled with exciting visuals, and tells the story of Alice even before it was penned down into the book and tracks it down history in an exciting timeline interspersed with rich stories of its creators through time. 

With its vivid imagery, unique characters and mesmerizing places, Alice in Wonderland is a treat to all ages. Like these prints made by William Morris remind me of the enchanting gardens that Alice danced though. 



Now off for a cup of tea!










Friday, September 4, 2015

Things I learnt from MP Ranjan

On 9th August 2015, Professor MP Ranjan left us, creating a unified wave of grief across the nation and far beyond. A beloved professor, design thinker and an avid publisher of his thoughts and ideas, Ranjan was an inspiration for all those who knew him or of him. I had the opportunity to pay a small tribute to him at one of DesignDay Bangalore's August session and I was completely overwhelmed with what to say. Kind words and memories poured into Facebook and across the internet. People all over the country met in groups to share their grief and feelings and it was a beautiful phenomenon. I myself was part of a small gathering in Bangalore and I remember as I left that Ranjan was and continues to be a force for positive change. I decided to instead focus my tribute on what I had learnt from him, in my brief encounters as a student at NID. And here they are:

  1. Designing is not an isolated activity but a function of people and processes
  2. Invest in ideation to enrich your thinking process
  3. Iterate and test your theories
  4. Share, Publish and Talk about your work
I also shared this beautiful video compiled by Professor Praveen Nahar which was screened at NID, Ahmedabad.


I am also sharing his blog Design For India in keeping with his lifelong mission to unify and empower the design community in the country.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Weaving Homes

Weaving modules were the highlight of my earlier days as a textile design student. Two days of intense prep were required to make a seemingly endless warp. I often used to wonder how amazing it would be if only we could weave endlessly too in the same warp.

I got to live through this fantasy briefly when I stumbled onto Abeer Seikaly's project -"Weaving a Home" that recently won the Lexus Design Award. Jokes apart, his idea for creating sustainable living conditions in harsh climates is a beautiful vision of how once can make a great impact with a simple idea.

His clearly illustrated sketches show how fabric is seamlessly joined to make beautiful structures for living. Here are some of them.

studies - cut & scored paper turns into a flexible/strechable pattern











See the entire project here

Monday, August 31, 2015

Walking the Path: Career woes

Illustration by Tammi Heneveld for The Great Discontent


Last week's feature on The Great Discontent is on the pressure make career decisions and what it does to you as an individual.

Do we need to have a decided plan of what we want to do when we go to college? Is it possible to have a satisfying career out of making choices as we walk the path? As a designer who is making a deviation from textiles to the field of gaming, this question often pops into my mind.

Over the years, I've learnt the value to educating myself about the field in which I practice. Knowledge is power, people say, and becoming an expert in a field is also about understanding and evaluating ourselves against all our peers and contemporaries, building strengths, unlearning and adopting new ideas. Yet, I am beginning to think that success comes from a deeply personal space, one that has everything to do with your understanding or who you are and what you are {honestly} prepared to do. So a germ of an idea grew in my head and here it is.. This is my take of how to find yourself and learn to accept your capabilities and embrace your strengths and failures to find that elusive feeling- satisfaction.



However, the TGD team makes a great case for everyone who is out there, debating to take a risk in their career. View their take here

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Freebie: Tips to pixel perfection



A big shout to UsTwo for their recent handbook on how to achieve pixel perfection. Not just a great resource for those entering into user experience, it's got great tips to build skills for great practice as well.  Download the Handbook, which is currently on version 3 here.


UsTwo

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Quick dose of inspiration on a quiet day

This strip by Zen pencils is a mood lifter on a quiet day. I am extremely thankful to people like Dr. Kalam who continue to inspire us and help us to put our chaotic lives in perspective. See more of their work here


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Risky business

I loved the feature on this week's emailer from The Great Discontent, an online magazine that I've recently started following. The charming illustration sums up the big question that a lot of people ask when they do something new. Is it worth the risk? Being part of a start up venture myself, taking risks are a constant part of my work. Even the little things need to be thought out over and over again, and it's overwhelming and really easy to lose focus of the reason why we do what we do. Because we find joy and excitement in it.

Read the article here. Hope this makes you feel better!


Illustration by Tammi Heneveld


Illustration by Tammi Heneveld for The Great Discontent


Monday, July 27, 2015

Understanding Colours

I've watched many tutorials on colour theory but this one is just great! Watch it here.

Here are some of the snapshots of the tutorial. For people familiar with colour theory, this should give a good idea !

Harmony
Hermann David S. Corrodi – The ambush (from ArtRenewal.org)

Complementary
Frank Dicksee- Chivalry (from ArtRenewal.org)

Triadic
 Carl Heinrich Bloch – Casting out the money changers (from ArtRenewal.org)

Split complementary (Don't you just love this?)
 Eugene Bidau – A Peacock and doves in a Garden (from ArtRenewal.org)

Double Complementary
Courtesy of Sergii Andreichenko

Monday, July 6, 2015

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shilo

I stumbled across Shilo's website this morning. As always, her work pleasantly pops up when you least expect it. If you are a Bangalorean, then you'll know what I mean. Whether it's meandering the lazy streets of Bangalore or looking for delectable inspiration on the net.. here it is!

Shilo's complete works can be found here.

These are my favourites




Friday, May 29, 2015

#JustSpotted: Pharrell Williams+Adidas=Luxe Fashion

I'm loving the new collaboration between Pharrel Williams and Adidas, especially the sneaker line. The tapestry like fabric in an oriental palette in the form of a smooth sneaker brings an old world charm to our fast paced life.  Favorite pictures below and more to read in here

Pictures courtesy Patterbank




Saturday, March 21, 2015

Oscar 2015 Roundup

This year's red carpet turn out was sadly quite disappointing compared to the past few years.. These were the only pieces I thought were interesting.



And this just because I'm in Love with Jennifer Aniston :)


Ans isn't it a co-incidence that they are all in nude tones??