Textures and Placemats

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Unexpectedly stumbling upon old forgotten projects is somewhat similar to finding money in an old coat consigned to oblivion. No doubt equally gratifying! That was precisely what I felt when I chanced upon these place mats designed nearly five years ago. It began as an experiment dabbling with a variety of textural weaves, prints, laminated paper and reeds. Tinkering around with all that I could find in my earlier studio, it was  a lot of fun to create this playful and harmonious collection of dining mats intended to protect any surface. I hope you guys like them as much I enjoyed walking down memory lane through these images.

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Days 15-25. Hope it was a merry Christmas all:)

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Day 15. A very workable Christmas!BcTXZ7zIAAAH40ODay 16.  A very warm Christmas!BcTXxodIgAAmbI5Day 17. A very jenga-filled ChristmasBcTX-lLIEAAQpGrDay 18. A musical ChristmasBcTYa2TIUAAwRTPDay 19. A spoonful of Christmas cheer!BcTYxqZIgAAFERNDay 20. An exacto X-mas.BcTZV5uIMAA0tqpDay 21. Spectacular Christmas wishes!BcTZjLZIcAAgVVuDay 22. A very colorful Christmas!:)BcTZ1PAIEAAzEN4Day 23. A very memorable ChristmasBcTaLewIcAAPk6aDay 24. A very marimekko ChristmasBcTab9MIYAArFdEand lastly, Day 25! Soft wishes and good cheer:)BcYiSeRIEAAiQ6v
Merry Christmas & Happy holidays to all!

Ideal Husband

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As children of the 70′s and 80′s growing up in India, my husband and I fondly reminisce over instructional school charts that expound good and bad habits such as “Do not talk while sharpening your pencils”, “No playing with electricity”, “Do not throw garbage on strangers” and my personal favorite “Do not fall off the balcony while flying a kite”!

On the occasion of my husband’s birthday, inspired by these charming portraits of our past, I set out to recreate a poster that would take us down memory lane. Below are the results. Enjoy!Print1 nocolorphoto 34lay(Images are subject to copyright)

Days 6 – 14 of 25 Days of Christmas trees

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By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” Charles Spurgeon

This last week my husband and I saw Christmas trees everywhere! From the fog-filled bathroom mirror to morning coffee spills and in the potato and onion peels as we fixed dinner. We crossed the mid-way mark of our self challenge this week which was definitely a highlight.  There were days when we were super tired or relatively uninspired but part of why it’s called a challenge is to plod on especially on days like that, right? In this short time, I’ve learned that it’s not always about doing something phenomenal. Sometimes its just about persevering and to keep on keeping on.

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25 Days of Christmas!

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My husband and I have embarked on a mini project together of creating a new Christmas tree every day for the next 25 days with objects found around our home. We began our journey this evening with a tree made from Pantone postcards.

Excited to see what the next 24 days bring!:)

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Festive Freebies!

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It’s here! and one can definitely feel it in the air and in the first flakes of snow earlier today and glitter everywhere. To celebrate the holiday spirit, here are some freebies! Below are holiday cards I designed by just using different decorative fonts on Photoshop. It was a lot of fun to create this and I hope you guys will be able to put them to use. The images attached are in high-resolution and all you have to do is right-click to save and print. Enjoy!:)HOLIDAY SEASONcard1Card2card31

Of Album Covers & dog doodles

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Shakespeare famously said “If music be the food of love, play on.”

Recently I had the fun opportunity to design an album cover for a popular Chinese artist (also the proud owner of a rather dignified french bulldog) which will release in a few months time. She requested that the cover speak of nature and the melancholic and yet whimsical essence of her art.

Below is a tiny glimpse into some of the selected artworks and the process.  Enjoy.

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Caffeine Snobbery

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“The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce”: Oliver Holmes, “Over the teacups” 1981.

Despite having done an earlier post about coffee, caffeine plays such an integral role in my life that I cannot help but dedicate a whole new illustration detailing it (probably more than I should:)) Coffee

 

Busy lives & Business Cards

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“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” Henry David Thoreau

Yes- I have nothing to blame but having been “busy” for not uploading a blog entry earlier. To make amends, I shall in today’s post show you what this lil ant has been upto.

Earlier this week I got thinking about business cards and the fact that mine was in desperate need of being updated. After a lot of random doodling, pinterest searches and scouring the web with no particular aim, I had my eureka moment when my husband and I suddenly decided to pep up our rather dull day with a game of playing cards. Soon after, I got to work and below are some images of my journey.

I wanted my card to be fun and reflect the dual aspect of the work I do which often combines visual and creative elements with research and strategic insights to generate new ideas.

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The Onesie Odyssey

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There’s nothing quite like my sister’s inspiring home surrounded by the loveliest woods to get my creative juices flowing again. Below are onesies (incidentally the greatest garments ever designed) created for my baby niece with some snapshots of the process detailed below. BBAAAAs her name starts with M, one of the onesies has silhouettes of some fun animals that begin with the same letter namely Mongoose, Meerkat, Moose, Mackerel, Mouse, Magpie, Manatee and Monkey. Can you spot them all?AAABBB000

Cover story postcard panel.

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My husband, a writer, returned from a recent trip with this beautiful collection of book cover postcards. Fresh from the experience of an exhibit by Barry McGee at a museum nearby, I decided to try my hand at decorating our bedroom and workspace with these beautifully illustrated covers rich with storytelling. 2aThe postcards have been stuck with removable painters tape in a random assortment extending from the ceiling to the vertical wall. Painter’s tape was a cost-effective (and easier) alternative to frames for putting up so many different images and the pop of blue color that holds it all together does provide some edginess. The imperfect pixel postcard composition with colorful covers instantly converted our routine space into something dynamic and fun!1a3a
6“It’s pure chaos, claiming a territory that doesn’t belong to you to state your own identity. It’s like saying, ‘I’ve got no other way to say I exist.” Barry McGee

Below are images clicked from the extremely memorable and inspirational Barry McGee Exhibit at ICA in Boston a few weeks ago. Enjoy!:)Barry McGee1

Kaleidoscope

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The series below are tessellations that play with basic optical grids and were created as I was reminiscing about my childhood obsession with Kaleidoscopes. There is something so absolutely riveting about the transient nature of the bursts of color and the fleeting forms encased within the hollow of a kaleidoscope akin to life itself!:)1IMG_76317

Selfless Portraits

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“Selfless Portraits is a collaborative art project aiming to bridge the gap between technology and humanity by encouraging small, creative gestures between strangers across the globe”

Below is my humble attempt to participate by illustrating a random facebook profile picture assigned to me of a boy who lives in Singapore. Do check out the link for yourself & enjoy variety of individual drawing efforts. www.selflessportraits.com selfless1selfless2

 

Conversing with clouds.

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As a student in Sweden, one brand that really left an indelible impact on me was the Finnish brand Marimekko which stood out in startling happy hues against the severe winter backdrop. The mural detailed below with pictures of the process has been created by re-purposing a Marimekko newsletter filled with their characteristic vibrant patterns & palette. These repositionable cut-out patterns have been commissioned by a client to be hung above a baby’s crib. I can’t wait to see what they look like in their final home!5. conversations with a cloud3Process1Process2Process4Process35. conversations with a cloud5. conversations with a cloud25. conversations with a cloud44.Marimekko newsletters utilized to create conversations with a cloud

Color & contrast mural mosaic.

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As I begin a new project with a rather vague idea and a plan to go with the flow, I’m reminded of this quote by Nancy Willard ““I dont have a clue how my story will end, but that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, that’s when you discover the stars.”

Stay tuned to see how this story unfolds.bacd

Weekend crafts.

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“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”
-Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

Below are images of art n craft projects created over this sunny weekend with my favorite 5-year-old!:) Some old magazines, a little glue and a whole lotta love = hours of color-filled play. After all, Life is about using the whole box of crayons.cfghie

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