This art and design festival will take place over three days and feature 30 international and Indian artists from across the disciplines of design. Along with an engaging series of talks from these industry leaders, there will be artist-led workshops, exhibitions, panel discussions, networking events and parties held across the city.
Design Fabric Festival aims to raise the standards of the fast growing Indian design industry to the global standard whilst developing a diverse but close-knit community of students, professionals and enthusiasts from across different disciplines of art and design. We believe everyone in the design community should have access to and be inspired by global industry leaders.
DFF 2018 SPEAKER LINE-UP #
An alumnus of National Institute of Fashion Technology, Sanjay Garg founded his label Raw Mango to re-imagine fashion and design without any preset notions. Rooted in Indian philosophy, Raw Mango is a brand of contemporary handwoven textiles crafted using traditional techniques. Their diverse range of saris, fabrics and stoles are designed and developed by 450 indigenous craftsmen.
Abha Narain Lambah, Mumbai #
Abha Narain Lambah is a conservation architect with a keen focus on museum conservation projects across the country. Her architectural practice includes the restoration of 15th Century temples in Ladakh and Hampi, mosques, palaces and forts in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab and the ancient Buddhist sites of Ajanta and Bodh Gaya. An author and editor of a range of books and a recipient of three international fellowships, her work has also won 9 UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for heritage conservation.
Kriti Monga, New Delhi #
A designer, artist and illustrator, Kriti Monga is the founder and creative director of Turmeric Design. With a keen interest in articulating unique brand personalities, the collaboration-based design studio in New Delhi works across graphic design, illustration, lettering and typography. Till date, they have built unique brand personalities for clients like Smoke House Deli, The Hungry Monkey, Canton Spice Co. and Perch Wine and Coffee Bar.
Alicia Souza, Bengaluru #
Alicia Souza is a happiness-illustrator based in Bengaluru with her insanely-cute but naughty dog Charlie. Her work has appeared internationally in children's books, magazines, newspapers and products. She is an INK Fellow and has done a number of talks for various TEDx's and universities around India. In 2015, Alicia started her business and online store, designing and manufacturing happy, funny products that make people smile. Her products have since been flying off the shelves in over 50 stores across India.
Ashish Shah, Delhi #
A photographer based in Delhi, Ashish Shah is well known for his captivating portraits and elegant fashion stories. He deftly plays with light and shadow, creating beautiful and subtle changes in texture and palate and approaches every shoot as an orchestrated performance. Obsessed with dark stories of love and addiction, he has worked extensively with Raw Mango over the years.
Mira Malhortra, Mumbai #
Mira Malhotra is a graphic designer, visual artist and founder of Studio Kohl. An alumnus of National Institute of Design, she is also one-eighth of Kadak Collective, a group of South Asian women who work with graphic storytelling. Mira works on design, strategy and visual branding for a variety of select, game-changing clients. Her work primarily revolves around image-making, spanning a variety of themes. She is known for her specific style of hand-lettering, a bright, offbeat colour palette and visceral use of lines and movement in her works.
Aarthi Parthasarathy, Bengaluru #
Aarthi Parthasarathy is an Indian filmmaker and webcomic artist. Based in Bengaluru, she creates and writes webcomics, like Royal Existentials and Urbanlore. Aarthi became part of feminist art collective Kadak in March 2016, where she has collaborated to create graphic narratives titled Personal (Cyber) Space, Aloe Vera and The Void.
Priya Kuriyan, New Delhi #
Priya Kuriyan is an independent animation filmmaker, comic artist and childrens’ book illustrator based in New Delhi. She has directed educational films for the Sesame Street show (GalliGalli Sim Sim) and has also worked on various TV commercials. Over the past four years, she has illustrated a number of children’s books and comics and contributed to several publications.
Scott Schuman — The Sartorialist, NYC #
Scott Schuman a.k.a The Sartorialist, NYC, celebrated fashion photographer who founded The Sartorialist to create a dialogue between the world of fashion and its relationship to everyday life. The man behind the rise of the street style phenomenon, his work has appeared in leading publications across the world.
A graphic design and illustration studio specialising in brand identity, editorial design and illustration. With a style defined by geometry, colour, typography and bold graphics, they transform ideas into communicative graphics.
LA, an award-winning artist with a tongue-in-cheek illustrative style. She sells accessories, zines, prints, and owns her eponymous clothing line that inspired by her art.
Nimish Shah, Mumbai, an alumnus of London College of Fashion, Nimish launched Shift in 2011. His label creates a range of sophisticated separates, instilled with a keen eye for sustainability.
A German designer and conceptual artist initially trained as an art-restorer. He writes about design for the Swiss Bilanz magazine and is a freelance curator for the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt.
The Busride Design Studio, Goa #
An independent design studio specialising in the design and creation of built environments, ranging from hospitality and film, to production environments, exhibitions, installations, institutional and architectural environments. The studio looks for solutions from the macro to the micro, from the slightly mad to the totally insane.
Sameer Kulavoor, Mumbai #
A visual artist working at the intersection of contemporary illustration, graphic design and art. His projects have shaped up as books, zines, art-prints, murals, objects and exhibits.
Rahul Mishra, New Delhi #
A fashion designer who bagged the International Woolmark Prize in 2014. He founded his eponymous label in 2008, rooted in the idea of working with indigenous craftsmen and artisans to create contemporary Indian fashion.
A contemporary art revolution conceived to bring art out of the galleries and onto our streets. Now in its second edition, it brings together artists who are turning the country’s walls into canvases.
Christoph Niemann, Berlin #
Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, artist and author who lives between Berlin and New York. His work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, WIRED and The New York Times Magazine. His work was recently featured in an episode of Abstract: The Art of Design, an original NETFLIX series.
Adam J. Kurtz is an artist and author whose illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. His first book, 1 Page at a Time, has been translated into over a dozen languages. His “very personal” work for clients like Strand Bookstore and Urban Outfitters has been featured in NYLON, VICE, Adweek and more. His newest book, Things Are What You Make of Them is available now from Penguin Random House.
Ruchika Sachdeva of androgynous fashion label Bodice is one of the freshest designers in the Indian fashion scene. A graduate from The London College of Fashion, her basic yet edgy tailor-made designs are meant for the 21st century modern Indian women. In 2018, she bagged the prestigious International Woolmark Prize for womenswear at a ceremony held in Florence.
Katie Rodgers is the New York-based artist and illustrator behind the whimsical world of Paper Fashion. Known for her elegant and often animated Shadow Dancers, her work has been commissioned by the likes of Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Estee Lauder, Perrier Jouet, Disney, Focus Features, Harper's Bazaar, and Swarovski, among others.
Anthony Burrill, London #
Graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill is known for his persuasive, up-beat style of communication. He is perhaps best known for his typographic, text-based compositions, including the now-famous “Work Hard and Be Nice to People”, which has become a mantra for the design community and beyond.
One of India’s most influential and exciting design thinkers of today, V Sunil has shaped the landscape of advertising in India through his illustrious career. Having worked with Contract, Lintas, Ogilvy and Wieden + Kennedy, he co-founded A, a boutique agency in 2014 with Mohit Jayal. At A, V Sunil worked with the government and spearheaded the Incredible !ndia and Make In India campaigns. Today, he heads a new company called Motherland, which has grown into a for-benefit organization that is working on urban development, merchandising and hospitality.
Mitch Paone is the Founder & Creative Director at DIA, a Brooklyn based creative studio specializing in kinetic identity systems, graphic design and typography. Beyond his work with DIA, Mitch is a performing jazz pianist, composer, type designer, lecturer & educator.
CATK is an interdisciplinary design studio working across the fields of technology, art and music. Strongly rooted in the Bauhaus tradition, they’re constantly exploring new technologies and concepts to develop progressive visual and sonic languages which help brands to communicate and empower their ideas.
Orijit Sen is a graphic artist, cartoonist and designer based in New Delhi, India. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), he is also the co-founder of People Tree. Orijit’s pioneering work River of Stories (Kalpavriksh 1994) is considered to be India's first graphic novel. His comics and graphic art have been widely published and exhibited internationally.
Sarah Naqvi is a Textile artist, illustrator and designer based in Mumbai, India. A final semester student at National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), her work tackles issues relevant to current times with a focus on women empowerment, sexuality and identity. Naqvi explores female identity through the patriarchal gaze and depicts it in its raw form, highlighting the hypocrisies of a chauvinistic society.
ASIAN PAINTS COLOUR NEXT 2018 #
Along with this, the DFF 2018 tickets give you access to the Asian Paints’ Colour Next 2018 Launch, their annual design trends research, on the opening day with a DF WIP Session and After Parties during the festival.
We have also announced two intimate workshops to be held at DFF – A Zine-Making Workshop by illustrators Adam J. Kurtz and Tuesday Bassen, and A Poster Making Workshop by graphic designer Anthony Burrill. Watch this space over the next few days as we unveil several more workshops with leading creatives from across the world.
This line-up of speakers and workshops establishes our commitment to build DFF into India’s most valuable design festival. The tickets to the festival are SOLD OUT, but you can now join our WAITLIST. If tickets are made available for purchase, you will be the first to know and we will notify you 15 days prior to the festival, inviting you to book your tickets.
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