The chilly evening of November 22 brought design enthusiasts together under a roof to participate in an exchange of ideas, projects, and personal journeys. The fourth edition of WIP sessions saw founder of Border & Fall, Malika Verma Kashyap, Amitabh Kumar from Art in Transit, Musician Tejas Nair (popularly known as Spryk) and Adarsh Balak creator Priyesh Trivedi, take centrestage to discuss their work in progress.
Here is a quick lowdown on how the evening went
The Journey Begins After The First Failure — Border & Fall
Every time that Malika talks about her venture Border & Fall, her eyes light up. Started as a non-revenue programme, Malika’s venture essentially concentrates on creating a conversation in the country about textile, fashion and crafts. Spread across three main verticals of Border & Fall, the agency, and the Sari Series, a project that documents the hundreds of regional sari draping styles in the country.
The evening began with a screening of three short films as a part of the Sari Series project that were shot separately by filmmakers — Pooja Kaul, Q, and Bon Duke. Following which she shared an in-depth insight into the making of Border & Fall. Coming from an Indo-Canadian background, saris have always caught Malika’s attention. And was one of the main reasons that she got on to this journey.
Malika talks extensively about wanting to share her ideas about sari, textile and drapes to a larger audience. And hence, with the inception of the Sari Series project, she has documented minute-long how to videos to teach the idea of draping. Under Border & Fall, Malika works closely to provide her clients with the expertise required. With a client list that includes design labels such as Bodice, en Inde, Rashmi Verma and Raw Mango, Malika doesn’t just offer creative consultancy but also niche content.
Art Of The People, By The People, For The People — Art in Transit
Amitabh Kumar’s Art in Transit perhaps requires no introduction. The public-art project housed by Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore aims at beautifying public spaces by creating meaningful, artistic spaces out of empty ones. And, Amitabh is on the core team of the project. Representing the school of art on this evening, the graphic artist shared the core ideas behind Art in Transit before sharing some of the most interesting pieces of art from the project.
Amitabh also shares some insight into how the project functions — how the team works with the state of Bangalore, how funds for their work in progress are raised and their growth. A professor at Srishti by profession, Amitabh captured the attention of the audience brilliantly by sharing colourful, intriguing pieces of art in between his conversation about design and public art.
Spearheading a public art project, one of the first things that Amitabh talks about is the relevance of space and the art — that art in Delhi is not similar to art than can be produced in Bangalore or in Mumbai.
And the graphic artist is seemingly excited about his first ever tie-up with Design Fabric. “Totally excited about this! Part of the reason why I am here talking about my project is because we are actually interested in continuing the conversation of art and design forward,” he told us.
On A Musical Escapade — Spryk
When Tejas Nair finally took stage, he admitted to being completely clueless about how he will go ahead with his talk. He says he hasn’t done a lot of activities like this before and asks the audience to excuse him if it isn’t anything close to all what they had imagined. Once started, his talk intrigues every ear in the room.
Tejas goes in a detailed analysis of music; not just that but also how he makes his own and attempts to figure out how others do the same.
His talk largely focuses on the design of music. And, because he knew his crowd was going to be largely design students, he (self-admittedly) created rustic designs of what he thinks his music looks like. Tejas creates an interesting conversation about the design of different types of music. That electronic dance music sways you because it is designed to do so, that listeners love pop music because the music is designed to appeal to large masses.
Essentially an electronic music producer, Tejas also shared his experience of creating music for video games — something he admits has been a work in progress for five years now.
The musician urges listeners to close their eyes when listening to music. “Because that is really when you feel the music and know it better,” he believes.
The Anti-Establishment Project — Adarsh Balak
Priyesh Trivedi was the youngest on the panel that evening, and brought with him an excited vibe to the room. Popularly known as the guy who makes the dark humour comic Adarsh Balak, Priyesh got the audience at the edge of their seats with his humour and ideas about designs.
The artist admits that Adarsh Balak was something that happened just suddenly one night. “I used to see all these things that someone was supposed to do to be a good child, but I never really believed in them. So I created these out of those little posters,” he begins. While he admits that a lot of his artwork might belong to the territory of anti-establishment, he doesn’t seem to be perturbed by the tag.
Priyesh opens up about the beginnings of Adarsh Balak. After returning home from his job at an animation studio in the city, he was toying with a design idea. While he wasn’t quite sure where it would take him, he drew it and shared it on his profile online. The next day, it went viral. (At this point, Priyesh confesses two things — one that he hates the word viral. And two, Comic Sans is his favourite font.)
Having run through the journey of his previous projects and humble beginnings in the design circle, Priyesh shares about his works in progress, especially his tie-up with British Council. Titled Saptan Stories, this online venture brings together six graphic artists from the UK and India for a seven week long online crowd-sourced story-telling venture, where the audience is invited to submit their creative lines to form one story, and these artists will present their renditions for these stories.
The evening ended on a pleasant note with the promise of coming back on the December! Stay tuned for more!