How colorful the life is now.  This is what came to my mind the very first time those packets of colorful sand were placed in front of me. I went deeper into that thought and instantly it came to my mind what is  it that makes my life so blissful. Some sort of a negative feeling has been dissipated from my life. Yes it has. My life now is what I wanted it to be – Self dependent.

 Ever since in the workshop with Tahirey, we were given that material (colorful sand) to play and experiment with, I could only think of what I just mentioned.

 We had to produce an artwork which talked about one of our own qualities or a part of our life which described or influenced us.

 In my artwork, I portrayed me and my younger brother successfully coming out of a complex and dependant life of my house where the decisions for us were taken by the third generation elders instead of our own parents. I tried to show the problems that we faced due to the generation gap between us and our grand parents and how we conquered that and reached our goal of self driven behavior. I have carefully chosen the colors of the sand to demonstrate the state of the humans individually in that particular frame.

ImageAs seen in the picture above, I used the yellow, green and blue colors to show mine, my brother’s and my parents’ life and aspirations. Full of greenery and regardless of ‘Stop’ as symbolized by the red which is the word and feeling that comes out of my grandparents life. Always a NO for any smallest of the things

ImageI used various sizes of the character symbolizing cylinders to portray the position of the person in the house. The longest red cylinder signifies my grandfather who always is against our thoughts and ideas – who probably has his own thinking which he expects today’s generation to follow.

The middle-sized blue and yellow cylinders symbolize my parents who although have a higher position than us in the house, have a neutral say in the decisions for us – as suggested by their colors. But the fact is that they support us and know that we need to go ahead in life and face the world.

The other two smallest green cylinders – out of which one is even smaller symbolizing my younger brother, signify the ‘Go’ or willing to move ahead in life mindset. It shows they are away and won’t listen to the NOs and the IFs and BUTs.

I tried to show that how with the constant effort, we succeeded in moving ahead in life leaving behind all the negativeness.

ImageAnd even now, we have that connection with our family, but our life has become what we wanted it to be –  full of greenery and happiness.



Outsourcing from a city!

Being new in a city, any city for that matter, leaves an all new opportunity of exploring it with different ideas and angles without having the ego of you knowing everything about the place.

I had this amazing opportunity of exploring my current city – Bangalore for outsourcing the ‘waste’ material for my workshop project.

During the span of two weeks of the workshop, we happened to visit the market place almost everyday which was nearly 25kms from our working place.

I happened to explore the plugged market area on foot. It was amazing to see the span and variety of commodities in the market. It was wondrous to gaze at the colorful and harmonious fascicles of objects.

As we had to work in pairs for our projects, me and my partner had this wonderful experience of exploration. I was inspired and learned to chase the necessary required things for creating what we intended to create from my partner.

As we had to outsource waste material, we discovered the huge ‘kabadi‘ or waste and recycle market. By visiting that area on a daily basis we realized how huge that ‘industry’ was.

We dealt with the acts of negotiation of prices on waste and I did realize that even waste does not come for free. I realized how important it is for me as an interior designer to know the reality of prices of the materials.

I learned how to price products, my own creations for that matter.

One of the most eventful day was when we outsourced the waste/empty metal oil cans for creating our product. Both of us got three oil cans from the market to out institute’s workshop. The feeling of contentment was filled in me. I felt that I was actually doing something productive while I was buying, transporting and working with the material towards a specific goal – development of a concrete product.

This act of material outsourcing, especially waste material (because it required even more efforts), has rejuvenated enthusiasm in me for working towards a set idea and chasing my own thoughts for achieving the final output of any design that has been created my me and working towards it to make it exactly the way I thought of it.