Artist Statement: Archana Kumari

Archana Kumari is a folk artist from Bihar. At a young age her talent was recognised by visitors from the Asia Society and she received the extraordinary opportunity to travel to New York. Now having learnt English and acquired confidence she works as an independent artist in Delhi, commissioning extra work from women in her … Continue reading Artist Statement: Archana Kumari

Project Sina–T-Shirts embroidered in Pakistan

Growing up in a Pakistani-American household I was surrounded by traditional outfits and was curious as to why I could never find certain embroidery and embellishment techniques incorporated into contemporary western clothing – something I saw as beautiful and desirable across design cultures. After studying abroad in Delhi for 6 months and focusing my efforts … Continue reading Project Sina–T-Shirts embroidered in Pakistan

An ethical architecture for creative exchange

The question for Sangam 3: How can the user be creatively engaged to sustain ethical partnerships? Creative products involve a supply chain that connects a wide variety of functions, including production, design, retail and consumption. Each link has a potentially creative contribution to make. The designer/artist develops a concept and gathers capital necessary for its … Continue reading An ethical architecture for creative exchange

Submission to the Australia in the Asian Century paper

Increased engagement in the Asia Pacific region is largely dependent on growing trust between cultures. It is important that both parties have confidence that each others aims complement their own long term interests. One obstacle to this trust is a crude development paradigm which presumes that the only course for progress in Asia is to … Continue reading Submission to the Australia in the Asian Century paper

Artists take the ethical path between Australia and India

While there is much to be gained in creative exchange between Australia and India, there is also something to be learnt from each other’s cultural systems. When musicians, dancers, artists and designers from India and Western countries like Australia come together to collaborate, they often encounter a difference in values about the ownership of what’s … Continue reading Artists take the ethical path between Australia and India

Gond Art exhibition in Adelaide

CraftCanvas (India) and Shruti Adelaide are together organizing a Gond Art Exhibition at the Burnside Community Centre at Adelaide from 28 May to 28 June, 2013. On display at the exhibition are different forms of Gond art done by various artists. The paintings give an insight into the Gond culture that resonates very strongly with … Continue reading Gond Art exhibition in Adelaide

One versus Many: Where Different creative economies meet

One versus many: Western concepts of intellectual property meet Indian openness of tradition 16 May 2013, 2pm-330pm, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Southbank, Brisbane When musicians, dancers, artists and designers from India and Western countries like Australia come together to collaborate, they often find different values about ownership of what’s produced. The Western concept of … Continue reading One versus Many: Where Different creative economies meet

Learning to weave in Bangalore

Alison Hussey reports on her hands on experience learning from traditional weavers, and how it is giving way to the IT industry For many of us with an interest in hand-crafted textiles, we learn about the art and skill of weaving and embellishment by buying textiles that look interesting to us. If we’re lucky, we … Continue reading Learning to weave in Bangalore

The law court or the market? How should we share designs?

  A core element of the Sangam Project is a set of standards for best practice, resulting from dialogue across the network. The Make it New Again: Models for Innovation in Traditional Craft conference at NID in Ahmedabad identified some key concerns in craft product development. It is important now to open up these concerns … Continue reading The law court or the market? How should we share designs?

Kondapalli craft: You can’t have money without meaning

In order to understand a craft, it is important to not only understand it from the technical-economic point of view but also to understand the spirit behind it – the meaning the craft holds for the craft community. There are crafts which slowly languish and die not only because the craft products do not bring … Continue reading Kondapalli craft: You can’t have money without meaning

Rashidji: The Block Maker

  Rashidji shares the stories of his past when a gesture or word of appreciation was being valued more than money, when the ideas springing out from dialogues mattered more than the amount of ‘production output’. He speaks with much consideration about his learning at Anokhi, his greatest inspiration and assures that there will always … Continue reading Rashidji: The Block Maker

Jugalbandi in Ahmedabad

Jugalbandi: Designed and Made in Australia and India will be on display at the Design Gallery, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad to accompany the Make it New Again: Models for Innovation in Traditional Craft conference 22-24 November. Jugalbandi will offer a taste of the creative partnerships currently developing between Australia and India, offering participants valuable … Continue reading Jugalbandi in Ahmedabad