By Hand From The Heart is a curated Makers Market event in South India. Upcoming Events: 22nd Edition: 2nd – 3rd February '18 in Coimbatore | 23rd Edition: 16th – 17th – February '18 in Chennai.
Today we feature, designer Vishal Kapur of Vishal Kapur Design Studio, New Delhi in our ongoing Meet The Maker Series featuring the participants at our October 2016 Makers Market. Vishal talks about his creative venture and his passion for design and Indian textiles and weaves. Vishal shares with us his experience, current works and business advise.
A bit about yourself.
My creative journey started back in 1995 when I got admission at NID, Ahmedabad that supercharged me to begin exploring the exciting world of textiles. During my stay I was exposed to various textile crafts of India and further also got opportunities to work on various handloom and block printing government projects that laid the foundation of what I create today. My creative expression emphasizes on drawing inspiration from traditional Indian ethos and interpreting a far more contemporary version in the final product giving a new flavor to the craft to blend with modernity and avant garde fashion.
How would you describe what you do; and how long have you been making and creating?
My designing style is highly contemporary and tries to explore new layouts of pattern to interact with the garment shape once stitched. Dupattas and stoles find the maximum input in terms of creative exploration of techniques and experimental layouts with unusual combination of fabrics and accessorising elements.Fabrics designed with block printed layouts tend to explore various garment patterning to render a stylish output. I have been designing textiles since 2008.
Why is making important to you?
Creating these textiles gives me an opportunity to interact with the highly skilled artisans in our country and working together with them gives birth to newer ideas for their craft enabling them to further innovate and sustain in a highly competitive machined environment of textiles production.
Tell us about your recent works and your proposed showcase at the By Hand, From The Heart.
I bring to Chennai my latest collection of semistitched kurtas/dupattas and sarees designed in contemorary styling with a twist of modern fashion trends.My latest work draws forms and inspiration from body art, birds and auspicious symbolism.
Describe your work premises & what is a typical working day, like.
My working environment is a mess of loads of textile, art and design books, drawing boards, fabric shelves, samplers and of course my workstation on which I create all the refinements in print design artworks.
What is your personal favorite pick in your collection right now? And why.
Recently we launched our chanderi woven design semi stitched kurtas and digital printed dupattas and sarees which I designed with inspirations from kalamkari and coral art . I totally enjoyed creating this collection as there were no colour constraints as present in conventional methods of printing which opened up doors of new experiments.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten along the way in building your business?
Creating textiles takes lot of hard work, patience and infinite amount of passion for creativity. Don’t ever let any one of these dwindle else failure is imminent.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your business?
Sound financial understanding of business elements is of utmost importance to sustain the same as a profitable enterprise.
Chennai though a bit conservative in its acceptance of new forms of creative expression in textiles, is finally beginning to open up and the younger generation is embracing fresh design talent.
At the Makers Market exhibition in Chennai this October, meet the maker!
By Hand From The Heart: MAKERS MARKET – Festival Special – 19th Edition
Date: Friday – Saturday, 7th – 8th October, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m
Venue: Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park
Address: 132, T.T.K Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 600018, Tamil Nadu. India