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Gallery: Art Marries Design Table by Arpan Patel


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From Arpan Patel:

My work is inspired from Indian Marriage. India has a very rich cultural heritage with so many crafts, festivals and customs. Marriages are a very small part of this heritage but in here also you can see so many crafts.

As a craft designer, I feel that each and every craft has a great potential and I can utilize them so that I can motivate these crafts as well as the craftsmen and work together with them. I am really fascinated with all the small traditions and rituals that are a part of Indian marriages and hence, I took this as my starting point.

My main motive was to incorporate Indian crafts in my creations and by selecting Indian marriages, I felt I could build a beautiful backdrop for my work.

One of the important ceremonies in marriages is ‘Mehndi’ when the bride’s hands and legs are decorated with delicate and intricate patterns of hena. I have utilized this hena pattern on the surface of the furniture to signify this wonderful ceremony. These patterns can also be custom made if required.

I was inspired by the varied cloth folds that one can see in the marriage ceremonies for example folds in the groom turban, Sardi (bride’s attire) and the knot between bride and groom. I simplified the style of turban folds to make the form of my table and to give a contemporary look to my furniture whereas the weave of the turban is an inspiration for the weave of my chair.

The colours that I have used are the most important colours in traditional marriage such as the red which symbolizes the kumkum (vermillion) brides placed on their foreheads after marriage for long and healthy lives of their husbands and also the groom turban and the dress of the groom are in red colour.

All the materials used for this product such as hena, kumkum (vermillion) are eco friendly.

This table is meant to be for two people and my target market consists of people who want products which are utilitarian as well as aesthetic art pieces which can beautify the environment. This product is a marriage of craft and contemporary designs, it is also a marriage of different techniques and materials.

I believe that my work is a combination of art and design, or Artistic design. My product follows a new direction or possibility which lies between the two worlds of art and design. This work forces the viewer to rethink about traditional crafts and its possibility in the contemporary world. The beauty of any craft can be promoted in a modern context while keeping it connected to its traditional roots and I have tried to establish this fact through my product.

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