Category Archives: Exhibition

Polka Cafe – Jan 2017

The Fusion Projects was launched last year and the very first one was with Glasshopper. At the exhibition for the launch of the new jewellery line, I had the pleasure of meeting Meghna who unbeknown to me is a writer for Polka Cafe. She came and bought some pieces and then a few weeks later I get a mail for a short interview. The rest is in the article 🙂

Thank you Meghna Kohli Vachher.
Please click the image to read. You can read the entire article here.

 

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The Fusion Projects – With Glasshopper

The first in the series of The Fusion Projects is with stained glass studio – Glasshopper. It’s been 6+ months in the making but the thought actually has been brewing in my mind for almost four years.

Jewellery.

I have always wanted to see my work in the many possible ways it can be used – to take a concept across mediums and hopefully have it successful in all of them. I wanted to take my art and make it accessible to more people. To those who may not have space for a trunk or a kettle or even a large painting…

But the jewellery had to be different and yet be universally appealing. I could have worked with a regular silver/gold smith to make the pendants but then where is the fun in that? Enter Saarus Nirhali – my friend and a wonderful stained glass artist.

I had originally asked her to just encase my artwork into some pendants and I would buy those off her and then get down to my solitary work. Collaboration had been on my mind for sometime so it was serendipitous that she asked to collaborate. And things took of from there. I knew what the end pieces needed to look like. I just needed Saarus to see my vision. And she did.  Her reaction when she saw the first set of completed necklaces was something I can’t describe.  Her words -‘ I knew you would do something but this I had not expected! I did not know my work could look like this...’ 🙂
Saarus works with glass but on a much larger scale.  So to work on one square inch pieces meant she needed to rethink her entire approach to her own work! The challenge for her was to get a fineness in the edges and edge finish. She needed to see the potential. I have to say. Saarus was ready for the challenge. The pieces are truly wonderful even if I say so myself.

At ArtByAarohi I have always tried to push the envelope a little, to blend material and media. To add an element of up-cycling or recycling.  An element of surprise. This collection too has a little bit of that.

Gold and silver have an innate value irrespective of how good or bad a design maybe. These needed to be good designs! Since neither gold nor silver is being used. The design and finesse had to be something that worked for everyone. Or at least everyone with a certain sensibility. It has been months in the studio, doing, re-doing and refining pieces.  There have been instances where a finished necklace has been pulled apart and re-done because the loops on the pendant did not sit right. I am an extremely detail oriented person and would go back to the drawing board  when I wanted a piece to be a certain size or the loops a certain orientation. But I think we are now at a level of finish that I am happy with.  Our work will only get better from here.

The artwork in each piece is based on my original painting. The materials, their use and how the end piece would look has been my work. Saarus on the other hand has worked on encasing the artwork using true Tiffany style stained glass techniques.  Her studio has been busy working away at cutting/grinding and then soldering many tiny pieces of coloured glass to fit my vision. The  loops on each piece of glass has been a very time consuming and exacting process.

I have learnt so much through this collaboration. Not just about stained glass and it’s possibilities/limitations but about working with another individual. Patience was never my strong point but I have learnt it along the way. This collaboration has allowed so many wonderful iterations in the ideation process that I can truly say that alone this series of jewellery may not have packed the punch that it does.

Please do click here to read Saarus’s experience in the making of this collection.

To view this first collection do drop by at my Studio in Bangalore on the 27th and 28th of Aug 2016 at:

The ArtbyAarohi Studio
C-44 Diamond District Apartments,
Kodihalli, Old Airport Road,
Bangalore – 560008 KA

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The Fusion Projects

Collaboration.

Collaboration is a working practice whereby individuals work together to a common purpose to achieve business benefit. Collaboration enables individuals to work together to achieve a defined and common business purpose. – (this was the first result for the definition in Google)

There are some ideas that need to be worked on from multiple angles. A multi-pronged approach as it were. They need skill-sets that one may not necessarily have in house or have but they may not yet have reached the level of refinement needed to bring that idea to fruition.

I usually work alone. I have worked with others only in a very limited capacity. Though I have always felt the need to bounce ideas of someone else. Supreet Singh – my husband, friend and in many ways my partner in work has always been that. And my dearest friend Meghna Vakada has been the one to be brutally honest with feedback when I needed to see the light.  She has been at the receiving end of many ideas that needed talking thru to just refine the idea to a point where I could run with it.

But it was time to let others into my circle. To push boundaries. So collaboration with others was a natural step in the progression of my work. Both for the work itself and for my own individual growth as an artist.

I am happy to say that this year I finally decided to take the plunge and collaborate with others in a more serious way.  Collaboration allows for ideas to reach that one step higher that would have been difficult on my own. I have always wanted to mix materials and genres but have often realized that I may not have a level of refinement yet in every area of skill and knowledge that is needed. Working with others allows accessing of ideas/thoughts/skill and knowledge across metaphorical borders. What would a graphic designer and a weaver create. Or an architect and artist/sculptor. A wielder and a silk screen artist. Maybe even a writer or lyricist with thread work… these are areas of art and collaboration that excite me and make me want to explore.

Yes, Collaboration is the process of two or more people or organizations working together to realize mutual goals. But it is more similar to, but more closely aligned than, cooperation, and both are an opposite of competition. Collaboration for me works because the parties involved respect each other and their work. Their goal is to put their best forward. It is a desire to get the best outcome of ones craft.

The first in the series of my endeavor will be out soon. Wait for it.

But till then..

The Fusion projects is an initiative for collaborative experiences with others across genres and mediums. If you think there is anything you and I could work on which would benefit from both our combined experiences/skill sets/ vision than write to me at aarohi@artbyaarohi.com

As has long been said ‘no one is an island’.

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The Denim re-done Collection July 2016

The first edition of the Denim collection was a sell out.  If I remember correctly there were about 14 bags at that time. Actually sell out is not technically true – one was left at the end. These too sold out in about 12 hours from the time they went live on the store much like the first edition of the Jhola Bags and the second. The second took a little longer. You can see them here and here and here.

With me and my penchant for wringing the last bit of use from a bit of fabric – old jeans are a no-brainer. There are many who make bags out of old jeans, but I would like to believe mine are a tad bit hat kedifferent. For starters they use prints from the signature Art by Aarohi collection. Which in essence means each piece of art has been hand painted by me at some point. These prints are appliquéd on the the denim and then further worked on and embroidered by me. So there truly is a little bit of me in each bag. Yah! I know sounds cliched but it is true.  This is actually the third or fourth edition. Like I mentioned in a previous post, much gets sold from the studio itself or at exhibitions that it never makes it to the store online.

This time along with Denim Jhola bags we also have Laptop bags to comfortably fit two sizes – 13″and 15″ – with a little room to spare post that! Oh! and a few satchels too…

I leave you with a two images from this next edition of the denim bags. And you – guessed it – They are live on the store at this time – Happy Shopping!

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The Jhola Bags Collection : July 2016

The first edition of the Jhola bags that came out last year in February was a sell out. I mean that literally. They all sold out in about 12 hours. Though in the interests of full disclosure, I must be honest and say there were only 12, but still 🙂 You can read about and see some of that collection.

This edition is different looking in terms of colour and the surface treatment but it still has the signature ArtByAarohi feel. Each bag has a print portion of original art which has been appliquéd and then the bag further worked on and embroidered by me.

There are 18 bags in this collection and each is one-of-a-kind and hand-crafted by me. It uses left over pieces of fabric from other tailoring and bag making projects and yes, just the like the last time – the inner lining between the actual outer and inner fabric is old curtains (washed and cleaned before use).

I do take the feedback you all give me quite seriously. So this time there is no faux leather. The straps/handles are made with woven cotton yarn and the tie ups on the side too are recycled yarn. The bag is a tad bit smaller though that in no way compromises the insane amount of volume that one can pack in!  And the interior pockets are bigger and deeper. It really is a joy to behold.

I leave you with a few images from the new collection and a link to the store.

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Poonchh at Kitsch Mandi – Jan 2015

I have known Laila Waziralli and Diva Ganriwal for a few years now. In fact I used to take Laila’s dog, Noodles, for a walk many years ago when we lived in the same locality. They lived a few houses down from ours in the same lane. Noodles would walk over to our house with his leash sometimes. One time he came in and dragged me out of bed on a Sunday morning!
Diva and I met when she came home with her mother to discuss a commission piece with me. Much time has passed since those days. And the young ladies have gone on to do wonderful things. Kitsch Mandi being one of them. It started in 2011 and somehow in spite of thinking about participating with Poonchh, it never came to pass.
This year – 2015 – seemed the right time to debut The Poonchh Collection at the Kitsch Mandi. Thank you Laila, Diva and of course Roshnee for your kindness and generosity.

So we experimented with Google PhotoSphere. Click and drag the mouse to see a 360 degree interactive view 🙂

To see more images of Kitsch Mandi and us, click here.

I leave you with images of Noodles and me – taken about 14-15 years ago 🙂
(The image quality is not so good as they have been scanned from old photographs)

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For the love of dogs…

I love it when Poonchh travels and ‘The Poonchh Collection‘ is traveling again this weekend. We will be at the Kitsch Mandi on the 25th of Jan 2015, at Pebble in Palace Grounds, Bangalore from 1pm to 11 pm. It is a Sunday. And there is a whole host of stalls and music to liven up your evening. So come on over.
Do note: The section for Poonchh on the our e-store will be closed from 24th Jan to the morning of 26th Jan.

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If you love dogs or know someone who does – this tote bag is the perfect gift this new year. For you or your friends.

Here is why:
You/your friend gets a really cool product.
And it is going to ‘up’ your fashion/hip quotient by a million notches.

If the vain in you did not bite on that one, here is the real reason you should buy it. It makes three sets of people happy:
You: because you got a really cool deal 🙂
Me: because you help a small business survive and thrive.
And the most important reason: some doggie somewhere got a little help from his friends.

50% of the profit from ‘The Poonchh Collection’ is pledged in perpetuity to an animal welfare and trauma care program.
Make a difference this new year.

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To see more options on how to style an ArtbyAarohi/Poonchh totebag click here

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Happy New Year 2015 -Season of Giving

I have just one agenda for this new year. To paint every day. Something. Anything. Good. Bad. Even ugly. But consistently. To do something creative everyday. 365 days.
Happy New Year!
2015 – Here I come. You ready? 🙂

Towards that end I finally finished the many doggie portraits I had up on my studio wall. And starting the new year on the right note, this entire set of doggie portraits is my gift to ‘The Voice of stray Dogs‘ (VoSD) as part of their ‘Season of Giving‘ fundraiser. As always for the Poonchh Portraits, I take one rupee per portrait and the rest of the money goes to the dogs.

Poonchh has always been about love for me. A labour of love.
These paintings will be available at the VoSD store in the coming days. To buy please click here.

December 2014 was special for The Poonchh Collection. We participated at the Pet-a-thon as well as A Hundred Hands. This month we take Poonchh to The Kitsch Mandi on the 25th of Jan at Pebble in Bangalore. From 1pm to 11 pm. More details to follow on my Facebook page.
So come on over and help me make some doggies really happy.

 

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A Hundred Hands – Handmade Collective 2014

Poonchh was lucky to get a slot for a day at the A Hundred Hands5th edition of the Handmade Collective. Why lucky? Because I woke up to the thought of taking Poonchh along for the ride very late in the day. Mala Dhavan, the force behind the whole show has always had a special corner in her heart for doggies. And that is why with one phone call and maybe a half an hour of notice, I got to display ‘The Poonchh Collection‘ on Friday, the 5th of Dec at the collective. We had a fantastic time. Sold a bunch of stuff – so there are going to be a few happy doggies I can tell you 🙂
Though being on my feet from 9am to 9pm was a killer. I don’t know how travelling craftspeople do it multiple times a year for days on end!

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With Jatin while set-up.

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Sitting pretty next to my treasure chest. Gives true meaning to trunk show 🙂

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With Anu Gummaraju of Second to None and Scatter the Batter
and Chinanshu Sharma of Paarisha
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And even more fun was the absolutely fabulous work on display. From 20 award winning artisans/crafts persons and their wares, to work that is truly done with love and handmade at home by individuals. It was refreshing. My friend Saarus of Glasshopper and Karthik from Varnam were there and so were Widad of Rumaancrafts and her handmade jewellery. I ran into friends that I had been too busy to meet for months. Priceless.

And the food.. oh! to die for. There is one more day to go. Tomorrow – Sunday the 7th of Dec 2014. If you are in Bangalore, do make the time and go. From Pandi curry to home made pickles. And the Brownies and cake stall… straight from lips to hips I tell you but soooo worth it 🙂

I am leaving you with a few pictures. But do check out more on their Facebook page or better yet, go in person. You won’t be disappointed.

Update: This gives wonderful insight into A Hundred Hands – Do give it a read…
http://sheetalprajapati.wordpress.com/…/a-hundred-hands/

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Now at – The Purple Turtle Store – 23rd August 2014

I am delighted to share with you all that my line of up-cycled and painted furniture will now be available at The Purple Turtle store here in Indira Nagar, Bangalore, India.

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So why am I reworking old pieces –

‘My work is about connections. And the idea of using something already existing and infusing it with fresh perspective to enhance pre existing memories on a given piece is really what dreams are made of for me. With each of these pieces that I rework I am looking to add a newer more contemporary dimension to an old weather beaten piece. A box, a chair, a trunk. Something that has history in its very grain, the nuts and bolts, the handles that maybe broke because of the strain of carrying a lifetime of someone’s personal belongings.
I don’t particularly like the term vintage to describe what I work with – covered in layers of history seems truer. It may have to do with the fact that I hold a Masters degree in History.

Memory and story are important to me. They connect.

The lines and colour on a re worked piece may appear disjointed in terms of theme sometimes but they are a true reflection of the idea or thought I may have had at the time I reworked a piece. Like everyone else I am not uni dimensional and with the information over load of all kinds of media being available 24/7, I find myself delving into nostalgia in an effort to stayed rooted. It is not done for market sensibilities but to reflect my thought. I believe that there is that one soul somewhere who will connect to the piece and it will find a home. One where it is lovingly looked after.

You can read about the story behind some of the pieces here, here and here.

Some of these pieces will also be available at the ongoing Art Bengaluru exhibition on at UB City here in Bangalore from the 21st of August to the 30th.

There will additionally be some of my earlier work of painted kettles and the like. The reason I am not leading with this next image is because it would give you all the wrong impression about what I have been working on. It has been a while since I painted on kettles (other than custom pieces that is). BUT this invite is so cute with its play on  ‘Chai with Aarohi‘ and the chai kettle and gilaas that I thought I would share it anyway 🙂

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(Though the people at the store were not too happy with me when I asked them to rework the invite. But they were very sweet about it and redid it anyway!)

So come on over – I would love to meet you all…
The address is –
The Purple Turtle store,
128, 1st Main,
Domlur 2nd Stage,
Indiranagar, Bengaluru -560008,
Karnataka, India.
Phone numbers- +9141528039

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