“At the stroke of today’s midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom”
– Jawahar Lal Nehru (15th August 1947)
“Freedom”, what does Freedom actually mean?
As we are nearing our 69th yearly celebration of Indian independence, the School of Creative Business at Pearl Academy took the opportunity to paint the picture of freedom of today’s India, through creative installations. Before I proceed to dig deeper into some of these installations, I can safely highlight the fact that these installations are made by young India. The part of India that is shaping itself in today’s global scenario.
Even after almost seven decades of the so-called independence, is the country still truly free? Is the country still free of social stigmas and taboos? Freedom is when no one is victimized. Everyone is free to nurture opinions and thoughts. Freedom is when societal frame is free from coercion of religion, caste, gender or economic background, and most importantly freedom of speech and expression.
Women are the derivation of any society. They are the nurturing source of our great nation at the base level but are they safe and liberated? Youth of this nation senses the demeaned condition of our country’s women. Our sorrows of Nirbhaya chapter in the capital city of this nation have barely lessened. The nation lost a daughter and its pride. A victimized woman has to go through levels of torture in order to get justice. Our independent India has its women tied in shackles of desolation and menace.
Surely our women are fighting for their liberation and brave men have joined this cause. Self-governing nation of India needs to be prompt towards elevating its code of law that can grant swift and adequate justice.
Students also created installations depicting social stigma of honor killings that bounds the youth of this nation. Caste based divide that prevails in India, has recently jolted our society and the youth of this country after Rohit Vermula (a Dalit student of Hyderbad University) committed suicide because of the obstacles he was going through in caste-ridden India. Our country is known for unity in diversity and yet we find growls of caste and fresh wrecks of religious outfits distressing the very fabric of our heritage. People are ready to slay each other on basis of their religion and I am not referring to Jalliawala Bagh massacre when Britishers annihilated us in enslaved India but in today’s free India when we witness Mandal Commission, Delhi, Gujarat, Muzzafarnagar Riots. Our unity in diversity is at doubt and so is our sovereignty.
Our youth’s horizon of love has also expanded and they want liberation from the captivity of law in matters of love. Love is a freedom of expression and is an emotion that can only be felt. Love doesn’t have any room for classifications and ‘dos & donts’ on the basis of caste or gender. Love doesn’t know taboo and taboo can’t sustain love. Why is India so afraid of homosexuality, why are same gender marriages unacceptable? Whereas world in the west have progressed to it. Ancient India knew no such boundaries in love or intimacy. Our society’s hypocrisy regarding trans-genders in India is rather an accepted problem. We have a word for transwomen (male to female), and they have an eternal commission of blessing us in exchange of money. They are treated as less than second-class citizens.
In one such installation, students of Pearl Academy expressed intensely the state of freedom of LGBT community in India.
Pearl Academy is known for its revolutionary thinking and radical outlook. Students are taught to speak their minds and follow their instincts. School of Creative Business at Pearl Academy grooms its business students for the challenges of tomorrow. Students are sensitized towards trends of the business world like Sustainability and Impact Entrepreneurship. Nurturing Youth is the core philosophy at Pearl Academy. The youth of our nation today is sensitive towards environmental issues, societal waves, children welfare, and women empowerment. If young India wants to expand its wings then the boundaries of suppression will fade, cages of traditions would break, and the shackles of narrow thinking would break open. India is not only a nation but an idea, a philosophy, a lifestyle and so it can’t have boundaries. It’s bound to be free. Jai Hind.
By E Kukreja, Student of Professional Diploma in PR & Events
Hansraj College witnessed a compelling, informative and eye-opening round of the Creative Career Conclave, an initiative by Pearl Academy.
The big auditorium was aptly filled by the large gathering of more than 250 enthusiastic students. The creatively charged audience at the conclave was enthralled by the rich information and knowledge that the esteemed panellists shared with them on several creative careers. Students wanted to know more about ‘Careers of Tomorrow’ and with Pearl Academy introducing courses in niche segments such as Sports Business, Fashion & Lifestyle eCommerce and Journalism & Mass communication, the conclave became all the more relevant.
Ms. Jyotsana Raghunathan, Associate Professor, Pearl Academy donned the anchor’s hat to initiate the event. The experts present during the conclave featured names like well-known fashion designer Rina Dhaka, Principal Architect Manish Gulati (MOFA), ace photographer Rohit Dhingra and Dr. Bhavna Chaddha- Head Corporate Relations, Pearl Academy.
Rina Dhaka started the session with emphasis on various aspects of fashion designing and discussed hardships associated with the glamorous world of fashion. To a query on the scope of Fashion marketing in India, Rina said, ‘Marketing is a wonderful medium to communicate your thoughts among the masses if you have good communication skills you can become a good seller. Every Fashion designer or a Fashion house requires good marketing professionals to promote or sell their brand in the market.’
The second speaker Manish Gulati – Principle Architect, MOFA carried forward the discussion further and gave important insights into the world of architecture. “Architecture as a field leaves you free; it opens up a lot of dimensions to play with.” He talked about his journey which started from Retail, Exhibition and Events and finally finding his passion in architectural and interior design practice.
Talking about his inspirations, Manish said, “When you observe the world around you; its hues, textures, psyches, people, diversity, landscape, all become a part of a collective consciousness.”
In his impressive portfolio, Manish has designed the launch of Virgin Atlantic in India, 25years of India Today, Delhi Daredevils (Delhi) office and various big profile government infrastructures. He ended by saying “Design and architecture go hand-in-hand and requires an innate passion for it to make a career out of them.”
Dr. Bhavna Chaddha, AVP Corporate Relations, Pearl Academy, threw some light on the recent news about Startup India that was launched last weekend. She talked about the Action Plan which includes some amazing incentives for startup entrepreneurs such as a massive Rs 10,000 crore fund. The government has also proposed to create a new category of business (“Innovative Startups”) with guidelines that will make it easier to start these businesses. Further, she added that Pearl Academy will soon launch its own incubation centres across all its campuses to promote the budding ideas in the innovation space.
The session with the industry experts was in line with Pearl Academy’s objective to guide and empower students with knowledge and perspective, which would further enable them to assess their future and be somebody tomorrow.
Our Post-Graduate Fashion Design students cannot thank their stars enough for getting an amazing opportunity to work on real time industry projects with the leading names of the industry. It happens every year around this time that Post-Graduate (Semester 3) students make an effort to align their classroom learning with practical industry training and showcase their path-breaking ideas.
These projects gave students a real-world experience of working with the industry and learn different aspects such as financial and operating logistics. Students also understood the finer details that are involved in the larger aspect of business such as accountability in a real time project. Working on live projects and with such renowned names encourages the Pearlites to be more practical, energetic and enthusiastic about their work.
The learnings that the project imparted include regular interaction with industry on the brief and meeting the needs of the client. Self-motivation, in-depth market research, and working on the fabric cost aspect helped the students in deciding the desired outcome.
Each project was delivered keeping in view specific requirements like the colour palette, fabric, target age group, production cost and other characteristic sensibilities.
Some of the brands the students worked with includes:
Future group (online range), Goodearth (Kalamkari & Dabu), Gwynniebee(++size), Pitara (Japanese theme), Benaras weave (contemporizing brocades), Muskaan ( the collaboration of 2 different NGO’s, one at AIIMS where kids undergo chemotherapy and second NGO which serves intellectually challenged kids).
Here’s a brief description about their projects –
• The Project was assigned by none other than the famous and the leading retailer of India, “FUTURE GROUP“. Future Group is an Indian private conglomerate, headquartered in Mumbai. Future Group is coming up with a brand for the women of India, A ready to wear brand which is curated especially keeping the modern Indian women in mind. A brand which is as stylish as Zara or H&M yet is designed especially to meet the needs of Indian women.
• The project –”Banaras Pret” wear is inspired from the wall carvings in general and architecture in the temples of Banaras city. Also, the Pearlites draw an inspiration from the Ghats of Banaras and the effort to re-invent Banaras and revival of Banarasi drapes and brocade the project is undertaken. The collections beautifully showcased the divine and sublime connection of the city which has a lot more stories to tell than one can imagine. Also, Varanasi is well-known for its Banarasi saree and silk fabric.
• Project “Pitara” (Japanese inspiration) is designing a print for everyday clothing with the inspiration from Japan for spring summer 16′ collection. The group chose bamboo and ikebana as their metaphors, which makes this project lively, with a focus on quality, functionality, utility and perennial style.
• Another project “Good Earth“, Good Earth as a brand is all about attraction and luxury. With the given restricted brief, it was a challenge to create and generate the outcome with their own personal ideas into it. Pearlites took inspiration from Taj Mahal, and inspired by its carvings and paintings and window structures. They developed motifs, of pomegranate, Jaal and parrot, and then created repeats of the prints.
• “Banaras Clubwear” is the other project, which has metallic glitter on the outset. Club wear is all about bling and glittery stuff for which the students chose brocade in metallic bronze colour. According to the industry brief, they work towards to contemporise traditional Banarasi sarees keeping in mind the drapes, traditionalism and brocades which have become limited to festive wear now. They chose mushroom as their inspiration to develop silhouettes, drapes and elements to develop the fabric.
• One more extension of Good Earth is “Dabu“, the project aims to preserve and promote the heritage of Dabu Block Printing. Good Earth works on creation of exclusive prints and silhouettes with specific sensibilities. The opportunity to make such designs drives them to get the desired results. The journey involved understanding Dabu process and limitations, working on inspiring stories, developing prints, getting blocks made, exploring colour variations, getting printing done and lastly garment construction.
“Leadership is not wielding authority – its empowering people.”
‘OFFLINE’ is a unique initiative by the Research and Curation team of the School of Design at Pearl Academy. It is meant to be an informal and collegial yet a robust and rigorous forum for faculty to present previous, current, or future research projects and ideas. Here, the faculty propose discussion around professional projects that provoke or are able to lead to a research investigation.
Such intellectual and thought provoking initiatives are laying a strong foundation in the field of Design and expand the array of opportunities to play with. The title suggests the valuable intellectual ‘labour’ our academicians engage in when they are not ‘online,’ that is after fulfilling their teaching and administrative duties.
Let’s briefly walk through the topics covered in this super exciting series called ‘OFFLINE’.
• ‘Textile Tectonic’ by Dr. Anuradha Chatterjee (School of Design) – The inaugural seminar exposed the textile and sartorial foundations of architecture through the writings of John Ruskin. Dr. Chatterjee’s made a presentation on the Transformations/ Text / Tectonic/ Textile which depicted John Ruskin’s architectural historiography as ‘creative’.
• ‘Design and Fashion: Method and Madness’ by Dr. S. Badrinarayan (School of Design) – Dr. Badrinarayan’s talk considered the role of method and madness (where madness is interpreted as arbitrariness, a chance eruption into the calm waters of the method) in the parallel disciplines of architecture and fashion.
• ‘Green Energy Retrofit’ by Manisha G Das (School of Design) – In the third instalment of the series, Ms. Das discussed the findings from the study that was initiated at SUM@ark during the presentation. It is part of a series, which constitutes the research identifying parameters that may catalyse Green retrofits within residential built stocks in urban precincts.
• ‘Portents and Prospects of Corporate Social Responsibility in India’ by Dr. Poonam Kumar (School of Creative Business) – The primary aim of the research is to understand the development of CSR policy in India over the past few years. The paper she presented also examines an in-depth analysis of current DPE (Department of Public Enterprises) guidelines, GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) reporting and its implementation in few companies in India.
• ‘MILLENNAGOGY’ (Teaching Design in the Digital Age) by Nidhip Mehta (Head, School of Design) – Digitalism is the new technological heroism. This research emphasized the fact that history doesn’t exactly repeat itself, but it echoes itself. In the past, design pedagogy tended to be ahead of the technological curve, but now the design academia is now facing a crisis that hasn’t been seen in 150 years. In this presentation, Nidhip aptly explains how we got here, what it means for the current student generation, and what to expect in the future.
• ‘Wearable Structures’ by Rashmi Malik (School of Design) – An interesting study carried out by Ms. Malik aims to break the monotony of the traditional jewellery and encourage the use wearable structures. In her presentation, Ms. Rashmi discussed the benefits of Computer-aided 3D jewellery modelling, which is an excellent tool to supplement the conventional approach of representation (freehand technical drawing) and the traditional jewellery techniques, in order to be able to develop projects from the design phase through the development stage and up to actual production. Her ongoing research focuses on parametrically designed jewellery via computational tools and hybrid explorations among the several design disciplines.
OFFLINE occurs fortnightly on a Friday late afternoon, a great way to celebrate the end of the week. With its increasing popularity, ‘OFFLINE’ is seen as not just a gathering but a culture – “a culture of reflecting thoughts, sharing ideologies, investigating issues, and synergizing the creative intellect at and beyond Pearl!”
Global Days of Service began as an initiative at Walden University in 2006 and has since grown to include the entire Laureate International Universities network. Local institutions have found many ways to participate in this initiative, hosting community events, serving those in need and partnering with other organizations already doing great work. The 2015 Laureate Global Days of Service were scheduled for 12th to 18th October, 2015.
At Pearl Academy, celebrated these days across four campuses through multiple community service projects. Our students and staff to participated actively and contribute towards the betterment of society.
In the Naraina Campus at Delhi, a special workshops was organized by Pearl Academy for the acid attack victims. The workshop was centered around ‘making it easier to live with the scars’, an initiative under community service in Laureate Global Days of Service, 2015. The workshops aimed at creating awareness amongst the victims of the acid attacks towards the non-surgical ways with which they can camouflage their scars.
The initiative was spear headed by AVP-SDS Reena Mehra. Pearl Academy had tied up with “Atijeevan”, a charitable organization started by our Alumni Pragya Singh, who is a survivor of an attack herself. The workshop was conducted in three parts- Dermatology, Make-up and Styling demonstrations. Our educators for the workshops were- Dr. Anuj Pall, Dr. Shalini Pall, Ms. Anu Kaushik, Liz and Pragya.
Dr. Anuj Pall and Shalini Pall run a NGO named ‘Mehaan’ which works for disaster management, education and women empowerment. The doctors educated the victims about the treatment available for the various kind of burns sustained. Dr. Shalini Pall gave a graphic description as well as explained to the minutest detail about the treatments of burns and the equipment used to treat the same. Dr. Anuj Pall explained the cost effectiveness and the ease of the treatment. Dr. Anuj runs a clinic called “La Skinnovita” and has promised free treatment to all the attendees of the workshop. Pragya further added that the cost of the equipment would be borne by the “Atijeevan” foundation. The second part of the workshop involved make-up and styling tips for the victims which help them conceal the scars and feel beautiful. The make-up workshop was conducted by Ms. Anu Malik and Liz, renowned make-up artists in the industry who now run the MAMA Academy in Janakpura. Ms. Anu Kaushik has recently concluded a photo shoot for Vogue with acid attack victims. She demonstrated ways in which one could revamp their scars and merge them with their skin color. Ms. Anu and Liz gave make-up kits to the victims and also offered free learning of the make-up techniques.
The last segment of the workshop involved styling where the students and faculty of FSID taught the survivors about the various body types and the colors and attire well suited for their body types. They even demonstrated how to style themselves with scarfs. The workshops concluded with a vote of thanks by Pragya and Reena Mehra.
As the winter winds gently whisper in your ears, you can feel the Delhi fashion circuit heating up. FDCI’s AMAZON INDIA FASHION WEEK in its 26th edition, promised a riveting ride . The Amazon India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2016 was held at the NSIC Grounds, from Oct 7-11, 2015. Being Asia’s largest fashion and trade platform, the event offered thought-provoking ideas through conversational pieces of fashion in an attempt to handcraft it for a global audience by creating timeless portraits.
The buzz around `Made in India’ campaign labeled a visual documentation of what lies at the core of our aesthetics. This season’s edition featured an impressive list of 115 established style gurus as well as novices, from all across the country. The fashion week showcased works of some of the most well-known & ace designers like Rohit Bal, Rahul Khanna, Rohit Gandhi, Gauri & Nainika, JJ Valaya, Malini Ramani, Manish Arora, Namrata Joshipura, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Â Sabyasachi, and Tarun Tahiliani.
With 30 runway shows that engineered a unique language, dripping with indigenous crafts, modern luxury and counter-cultural influences. Mirroring what young India aspires for, as the new ‘cool’ meets engaging authenticity, this edition had over 100 designer stalls at the exhibit area.
The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) is known for its precision in scouring untapped potential and for giving new-found creative geniuses a lucrative opportunity, catapulting them to fame. The new set of designers challenged the status quo of the industry and the energy at the event was palpable. The talented bunch of Pearlites also made their presence felt at the premier event and set the stage on fire with their amazing collections, cool quotient, and stylish dresses.
Vaishali S, Vineet Bahl, Shweta Jain, Aditya Dugar are among the few lucky ones who presented their masterpieces on the ramp in front of industry big shots. Their scintillating collections were widely appreciated by the fashion conscious crowd. The fashion week was all about how to be minimalistic, stylish, and glamorous at the same time. The designers focused mostly on subtle colours, compact designs, earthen and peaceful colours and lots of hi-fashion appetite.
Vineet Bahl, the talented young designer and ex-Pearlite worked on the theme ‘Through the Looking Glass’ that consisted of bright summer appropriate tunics layered with basic whites and dressed with oriental inspired motifs. He focuses on the concept of fluidity and believes his collections needs to be fluid enough, so that it could be worn by anyone and everyone. At AIWSS’16, he presented some jaw-dropping fluid, androgynous and yet feminine collections. He chose minimal floral patterns which denoted femininity and oversized tops which denoted gender fluidity.
Vaishali S, another gifted designer rocked the ramp with her spell-binding yet subtle collections based on the concept of ‘Yajna’, the transformation of one form of energy into another. Vaishali is popular for merging Western attire with Indian intricate designs. Her admirable skills at merging the two sides of the world; Indian and Western, is remarkable. She has also clothed famous fashion divas like Sonam Kapoor, Vidya Balan and Tanisha Mukherjee. She has delicately put together simplicity and finesse in her work. For Vaishali S, SS16 minimalism didn’t mean minimal options. It is remarkable how Vaishali captured the modernity, the airiness and the immediateness of the creations with a traditional fabric like hand-woven khadi. The effect was quietly impressive and this talented lady is sure to find buyers queuing up to place orders! So let’s take a look at Vaishali’s collection for Amazon India Fashion Week Summer/Spring 2016 –
This ensemble could be great for those who like to keep their style simple and yet stylish.
Aditya Dugar, ex-alumna of Pearl Academy presented his collection on the 3rd day of the Amazon India Fashion Week which began with the much-awaited Hi-5 show, featuring young talent of the fashion world. Mr. Dugar showcased his first women’s wear line having clean silhouettes and intricate details for Spring-Summer ’16. This young talented lad stunned the audience with his mind-blowing creations and made dhoti pants make a comeback in versatile silhouettes.
Other alumni of Pearl Academy Divyam Mehta, Manish Gupta, Rimzim Dadu, Shipra Jain, Ruchika Sachdeva, and Priyanka Modi had also set up different stalls at the Amazon India Fashion Week. The creativity quotient was certainly a few notches higher during the event which was full of style and glamour.
The grand finale of the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2016 (AIFW) was held on Sunday night, with “Born in Banaras” as the theme. There were 16 designers who showcased their interpretations of Banaras on the final day. The first half was all about western silhouettes, with the likes of Namrata Joshipura presenting a black-and-golden brocade trench coat, a jumpsuit and a long dress with a slit. Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna stuck to their signature silhouettes. Banaras is a chaotic, colourful, thrilling city, a dichotomy of sorts between what was and what is. The AIFW finale couldn’t have asked for more, as the event ended on a high with ample brouhaha from the tipsy audience!
Inspired by dreams and driven by motivation, Pearlites have made winning a habit. Shivangi Mehta, Sarah Ishtiyaque, Drishti and Sanya Gulati are the names of those shining stars that stamped their presence and impressed everyone with their creative flair and intelligence.
The teacher is the one who gets the most out of the lessons, and the true teacher is the learner. In case of Pearl Academy, the teacher is also the one who achieves milestones and leaves behind a path for students to follow. Our faculty Nandan Ghiya is proving his mettle at various international platforms through his path-breaking artworks. Earlier this year, his work was published in “Photography and Inherited History of India”– a notable photography book by San Jose Museum of Art, and Granta – the famous British magazine.
Nandan Ghiya who teaches at Pearl’s Jaipur campus, is basking in the glory once again as his latest artwork has been selected as one of the cards for Inivia Creative Learning (London). These cards are used by teachers, counsellors, therapist all around the world to seek new ways to support young and vulnerable people to make sense of their lives, experience and emotions. The cards also contain work of 26 other renowned international artists. Selection for Inivia’s cards marks Nandan’s third international achievement of the year.
Shivangi Mehta made us proud by winning the 2015 edition of Manish Arora – Air France Competition. This is 2nd in a row that a Pearlite has won this competition as Sana Sapra from our Noida canpus won the last edition. Out of top 10 entries, 6 are from Pearl Academy speaking volumes about the level of talent at Pearl. Shivangi is a student of Level-2 of UG-Fashion Design batch in Noida campus. She has won an all-paid trip to Manish Arora Fall Collection 15 (live show) at Paris Fashion Week. Great job Shivangi!
One more Pearlite Dinesh Kumar, PG Fashion Design (2014-2016) has been selected for Viewer’s Choice Award of the Manish Arora – Air France Contest 2015. Dinesh has received a goodie bag from the organizers, including a personally autographed iPad sleeve from Manish Arora. He’s currently studying in Pearl Jaipur. Kudos to Dinesh for his fantastic piece of work!
Another Pearlite Sarah Ishtiyaque, student of Fashion Media Communication, is interning with the well-known L’Officiel magazine. She proved her mettle and the editorial approved her articles to publish in the magazine which is very uncommon during internship. Her article ‘Uptown Girl’ on Priyanka Chopra published as a cover article for the month of August. She also wrote about Richard Malone, an Irish designer whose work is inspired by ordinary people and how he manages to create couture out of waste. Sarah was also awarded merit scholarship this year for academic excellence. Congratulations Sarah!
L’Officiel magazine has one more recruit from Pearl Academy named Drishti Vij. Drishti’s writing prowess has won her appreciation from all the corners of the industry. Her hard hitting and interactive articles ‘Big Girl in a Thin World’, ‘The Misfits’, ‘Ink and Inklings’, and an interview with Leena Kejriwal has been published in the magazine with due credit given to Drishti. Well researched and thought provoking in nature, Drishti’s articles has passed the litmus test with flying colors. Way to go Drishti!
The Hindu, leading English daily, has published work of another Pearlite Sanya Gulati. A student of Fashion Media Communication course, Sanya is interning with the newspaper. Her work was so impressive that in the first week itself she was recognized with 2 bylines and since then it’s been a routine affair. Well done Sanya Gulati!
“It’s difficult to change if you are not aware”
We are talking about the change that industry is experiencing; change that the candidates need to bring in their portfolios to score better placements; change that these ‘managers of tomorrow’ want to bring in the industry. Besides this, industry trends, placement hurdles, peer pressures are some of the concerns that bother final year students who are looking for their first major breakthrough in the industry after completing their studies.
To answer all such queries of Pearl graduates who are on the verge of stepping into a new world full of possibilities – HR Summit is the initiative for them. Hosted by Pearl Academy, India’s leading design institute, this summit was an interactive platform for the final year students of Academy’s ‘School of Creative Business’. During the ‘HR Summit’, students got a chance to interact with the industry experts and have an understanding of the industry expectations as well.
The panel consisted of eminent HR and industry experts from leading brands like Infinite Luxury, Limeroad, Triburg, Ikon Retail, and Design Worldwide. Panelists talked about two key issues – What to expect during ‘First 90 days in a company’ and ‘Shaping Managers of Tomorrow – Industry expectations and Best Practices to Increase Students’ Credibility’. They also discussed the latest recruitment trends, expectation of employers (hard skills vs soft skills), and what students can do to leave a strong impact in the first 90 days of their joining.
The event started with the opening speech of Megha Singhal, an alumna of Pearl Academy, who is a Fashion Designer at Triburg. “It was my huge appetite for constant learning and the attitude to add value to the company through my work that made me climb higher on the ladder.” said Megha who will be launching her own apparels venture shortly.
The second speaker at the summit was Sanjay Sarma, CEO, Design WorldWide. He shared 15 Mantras of success with the students to become a smart industry professional. He touched upon topics such as importance of unlearning, following your passion, curiosity, right attitude should be supported by right aptitude, balance between work and life, planning, learning from collective experience, etc. among others. “Attitude is good and each one of you should have it provided you have the aptitude to match it. Think like the Navy and act like the pirates”, said Sanjay to the students. “The coming age will be of entrepreneurs who will change the entire way our industry works.” he added further.
Adding to the ongoing insightful discussion, Indrajit Sen, HR Consultant and Corporate Trainer, gave three rules of learning – Enjoy being uncomfortable, Empty your Cups, and The More you give, The More you get. Indrajit also said that the industry is looking for solution providers and adaptable individuals. “Mentoring is a very important part of the entire recruitment process. One should always seek for information from all corners of life and try to gain experience” said Inderjit.
Priya Mary Mathew, Head-School of Creative Business, Pearl Academy, thanked the panelists for their views and valuable time. She quoted “The real struggle starts after the college where each one of you will fight your own battles. It will not be a bed of roses; thorns will outnumber roses most of the times. But as your teachers, we have equipped you with knowledge, skills and wisdom to march ahead and reach your destination.” said Priya to the future managers of creative industries.
The HR Summit was a hit in terms of student participation and involvement. The Pearlites learnt about the next steps to achieve an accomplishing career.
“Only legends leave a legacy behind that guides others to follow the path.”
Not everybody in this world has such magical hands that can create artistic masterpieces that are exquisite and simply breathtaking. Belongs to the ancient modernopolis of Ahmedabad, India, Errol Pires Nelson is a man with towering guru-like presence, godly white ponytails, and two extraordinarily long thumbnails (his weapon for some enthralling art).
Erroll Pires has devoted his whole life for a unique art of “Ply-split braiding”, a traditional technique utilized to make camel belts, containers of joy, belts and soft boards. He has refined, transformed, and reinvented its usage for over 30 years in what some would call an obsessive dedication, purposefully refusing the boundary between art and object. Erroll has redefined the form of art which will challenge the human minds and can resurrect the problems that one might be facing to join the centres of art and knowledge.
He joined the National Institute of Design (NID) as a student in 1970. The resource centre provided him his first introduction to the work of Fibre Artists from other countries. Erroll worked for nine years in the textiles and leather industry returning to NID in 1984 as a faculty member. His research into the techniques of ‘Ply-Split Braiding’ started around 1985, awoke a creative spirit of experimentation using this technique and has resulted in “some” pieces that might qualify as Art textiles.
The Guru himself is at Pearl Academy and will visit all the campuses from 31st August to 26th September. At Pearl Delhi, he displayed some of his artwork and interacted with the students about his life’s journey which is full of experiences and hard work on this uncommon topic. His hands, especially his thumbnails are the metaphors for creating such unique masterpieces which are acknowledged worldwide. Being a teacher for most of his life, Mr. Pires comes as an honest, humble and patient tutor who answers numerous queries of his disciples who are keen to learn this art.
Vandana, a student of PGFD (Level 1) said “Mr. Errol Pires is a true legend in this art and his work is a proof that there is no one in this world who can emulate him or his precision.”
Completely awestruck with Mr. Pires presence, she further added that “The technique is so addictive that once you start working on it, it is nearly impossible that you’ll leave the product till it is not completely finished.”
During the workshop, Errol also talked about various other aspects of Ply-Split braiding and how it is going to evolve as a technique in the years to come. He also discussed different kinds of weaving, braiding, and use of steel wire for the same technique.
According to Mr. Pires, it took almost 8 hours to make a complete container. While making a camel belt would take almost a year with 8 hours of work regularly on the product. His first experience with the famous camel belt marked a moment of epiphany for Mr. Pires. The belt is made of using sheep and goat hairs.
His repertoire extends from traditional camel belts to avant-garde three-dimensional objects and seamless dresses. You would be amazed to know that his secret weapon for this brilliant art work is actually not a secret – it’s his hands. His body of work is an amazing amalgamation of magnificent explosion of braided colors.
His vision, art, dedication towards this art is truly remarkable and enlightens our minds to think beyond the conventional forms of designing. It won’t be wrong to say that we are and will be in debt of this living legend for conserving the dying art of ‘Ply-split braiding’ and inspiring many others to carry on this legacy.
Students work on display during the workshop: