Thursday, 30 May 2013

Ohhh'Rigami' This beautiful art is not my cup of tea

Origami isn't just my cup of tea. I learnt that yesterday. The traditional art of paper folding from Japan takes some serious hard work and considerable patience. While working hard isn't much of a problem, patience is my weakness.

A very good friend, Mansi Ranawat, has learnt this art and when I met her over a meal yesterday at her place, she showed me some of her work which looked simply splendid. (Below in picture) I particularly liked the pink and green coloured peacock. 

The peacock I am so fond of. 
While it looks like a piece of cake, this particular piece of work has about 300-400 paper folds stuck together. It isn't funny to first sit down and cut the papers in the right size and then keep folding them. And here I am not even talking about stringing it all together. That's a separate process all together. 

Mansi insisted me on learning this, but I am sure I am not cut for this. She herself claims that sitting and folding this takes toll on her back. And I am not someone who wants to go through the pains ;). I am happy to throw up designs on my MacBook Pro. I will leave this splendid art for her. 

But yes, if anyone of you is interested in picking this stuff from Mansi, do email me and find details. Given below is some more work she has done, which also is as good as the peacock I have set my eyes on. 

Monday, 27 May 2013

God's Gift, unlucky me

Seeing this sketch, I felt why did I chose to make art on my Mac. But then I realised, hands making such beautiful art are God's gift. I am not as lucky and gifted as the artist who has made this piece of work. But never mind, I have other gifts, like my Mac and my brains and my Masters Degree too ;)

Pic courtesy: Unitedworld Institute of Design

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Dad, why did you take away my phone?

"Ohhh Goddd!! This is gorgeous, so cute," is how Mrs. Mehta, rather Yuvaan's mother reacted after seeing her son's picture collage. And father too was equally excited and ready to stick that bigger than his son's height creative right up there.

Making collage is fun. But it’s easier said than done. This isn’t a limerick but a matter of fact. Few days back, I was on the verge of completing a picture collage of flag-bearer of my fiancé’s school group’s second generation, Yuvaan Mehta. All pictures were finalized, but we could not nail the lead picture, one that would hold the entire 47 inch by 24 inch creative.

Her mother, Mrs. Mansee Mehta, a former playgroup teacher, saw through her entire collection of pictures on her laptop, mobile phone but could not find that ‘one’ picture. His father Purav Mehta, who swears by any new phone priced above Rs. 35000, browsed through his innumerable phones and still could not give us that ‘one’ picture. Luckily my engagement ceremony had a candid photographer coming to capture the priceless moments and of course the eight-month old, Yuvaan was making his traditional wear debut then.

We knew this was the moment and Manoj, the photographer, just captured Yuvaan in a moment which said it all. And also completed our collage, getting us that much needed ‘one’ picture. Yuvaan, decked up in a blue kurta and white pyjama, had that look on his face which killed it.

Now each and every one of you might imagine that it may be a cute smile, a shy face, a smirk that was framed. No. It was that killer look where it seemed as if his father had just taken away his new iPhone 5 while he was about to touch high score playing Subway Surf. And yes, that picture now adorns the centre of my collage and the walls of Mehtas’ bedroom too. Father Purav will remember this picture all his life and the day he dares to take away his son’s phone, it will be a déjà vu moment. 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Thanks Shanaya, sorry Shanaya

More often than not its random ideas which eventually become solid, one chance on which you then dance. And that's what happened with me too. Me and my fiance's coffee conversations took life when his colleague, Bhavi Jhaveri, was kind enough to invite us for her daughter's 8th birthday party.

The cute Shanaya, her lovely family members and bubbly friends just made it a perfect setting. This was about a good 7 months back, in September 2012. But then what we made of that opportunity was something which we cherished. Given below are some pages of the first ever photo book from the stables of Gopi's Studio. 

P.S. : Sorry Shanaya we took way too long to make it. But will not happen next time.