Final August, Jayshree Poddar, the design director at textile agency Environment, visited Goal for Seva Chatralayam for Women in Bengaluru armed with sq. items of kora material and paints. Invited to conduct a portray workshop as a part of the non-profit’s three-year-old Artwork For Growth mission, little did Poddar know that this might be the start of a bigger initiative. Now, patterns of splattered paint and fingerprints from the session are being digitised to create toddler (36×48) and toddler (46×60) quilts (₹2,900 and ₹3,900 respectively) and bought by Goal for Seva through WhatsApp.
“The concept was to let the youngsters [between ages nine and 16 years] specific themselves. Within the first half, I allow them to paint as they happy, not adhering to any type. Some dabbed and smeared paint whereas others created straight traces and smudged patterns,” says Poddar, including that within the second half they painted with simply the three main colors. Describing it as an “uncommon interplay”, the NID alumnus explains how the ladies had been watchful to start with. “I don’t converse Kannada, so it was all primarily based on actions, and sitting on the bottom with them helped. Earlier than we began the workshop, we additionally had a small session on physique actions to assist them open up bodily,” says the Bengaluru-based designer, whose 2018 solo exhibition, Many Moons, explored the phases of the moon on woven jacquard.
(left) Jayshree Poddar and (proper) a snapshot from the 2019 workshop
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Taking part in with color
By day’s finish, Poddar had roughly 100 painted squares. Later, when Aruna Madnani, the lead at Goal for Seva, steered crafting quilts with the art work, Poddar started experimenting with leftover material from one among her mills that specialises in mattress linen. “We chosen 9 designs to digitise. We printed the summary renderings on tremendous cotton, added a border, made the colors brighter, added the artist’s signature, and quilted them with a 200 gsm poly filling,” says Poddar, who additionally helms textile firm Himatsingka Seide. She additionally added a detachable mulmul cowl. “It not solely softens darkish hues, however makes cleansing simpler. You simply have to scrub the quilt and the quilt is protected,” she says. Trials had been additionally finished with pastel shades of pink, blue and inexperienced, and every design now has two choices: darkish and light-weight. The material is colour-fast, machine cleanable and comes with a tiny matching bag.
Taking it on-line
This experiment is the most recent in a protracted checklist for Goal for Seva. Every year, they rope in numerous artists to work with the youngsters. From digitised coasters, mats and mugs to hand-painted diyas and film frames, the youngsters are inspired to experiment with completely different methods. “Whereas we wished to have a bodily sale for the quilts, to assist them study concerning the retail facet, we’ve got taken to on-line gross sales given the current situation,” says Madnani, including that whereas trials had been paused previous to lockdown as they ran out of ink (which comes from China), work restarted in June. “We have now acquired enquiries for junior sizes and we’re contemplating designing bigger (54×72) quilts as effectively. Proceeds from the initiative will likely be used to purchase issues for the hostel,” she says.
As for Poddar’s plans on persevering with the mission (a primary for her), it’s a resounding sure. “This initiative took me again to my childhood — of getting somebody getting you to really feel color and clay. It’s like planting a seed in a younger thoughts. These will stay as reminiscences and the youngsters will need to take the learnings ahead and proceed creating one thing new. This is identical emotion I’ve had for the final 30 years: to unlearn, to be free and uninhibited. We have now managed to do this with this mission.”
The quilts are made-to-order. For particulars, contact Namita Kejriwal at 09901300999
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