One of the most awaited art festivals in the country, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is back! This year Kala Ghoda will open its doors from 6th to 17th February 2016. Offering a huge kaleidoscope of music, dance, theatre, literature, food, street stalls, cinema, workshops, visual arts, urban design and architecture and heritage walks in the store, this 12-day extravaganza promises to be a riveting ride like never before.
The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is a community celebration of the arts within one of the most beautiful and historic precincts of Mumbai, The Kala Ghoda Art District.
Last year, Pearl Academy collaborated with the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) as Festival Design Partner. Continuing their association, this year as well Pearl Academy will add a dash of spice and colours to the festival which takes the stakes a notch higher.
With an entire brigade of creative minds Pearl Academy is taking a new initiative called ‘Junk Genie’ – for the pre-Event, we appeal all Mumbaikars to share the household waste and trims with us and our students will work on them to create something interesting, there will also be an art installation on ‘Cosmic Coalesce’ – Environment and creativity without borders, and a canvas painting themed ‘Tic Tac Toe’ were too to be displayed at the event.
Furthermore, Pearl Academy, Mumbai campus is also hosting a design boot camp named as #Social Hearts.
Pearl Academy with the support of Hindustan Times will collect the waste from the city, Pearlites will don their creative side by making interesting art pieces out of scrap. These works of art will be displayed and up for sale at the festival and all proceeds will go to St. Catherine of Siena School and Orphanage.
Next will be an art installation “Cosmic Coalesce” that will aim to create an illusion through layers of fabric representing trees, branches co-mingling into each other and generating depth and colour synthesis. The embroidered motif/ image on all the four sides of the installation will represent a tree form, found anywhere or everywhere, whose branches grow & spread without any constraint, limit or fear. As the branches on different panels blend into each other, a symphony is formed and the music reverberates and takes the surroundings into it engulf. It celebrates the continuous never ending blend of cosmos that knows no borders or end. The centre of the installation would be lit up and lend it a soft luminosity as intrinsic to all cosmic objects or celestial bodies.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the free spirit and constant enthusiasm of young minds, a huge canvas installation will also be exhibited at the event named Tic-Tac-Toe. India is being touted as a young country, as the maximum number of citizens is below the age of 35. Through this installation, the spirit of free minds will be on display uninhibited and without any bars. The students embark on this journey of first conceptualising and then working on the theme of the magic that is going to unravel itself on the blank canvas stretch in front of them. The size of the canvas is estimated to be around 10*15 ft. (vertical) and 15*10 ft. (horizontal).
#Social Hearts is a design Boot Camp hosted by Pearl Academy, Mumbai Campus where individual students (11th Grade and above)/Schools/College Student Groups came in large numbers and use their creative prowess for a social cause. The top 5 entries are on display and for sale at the Pearl Academy stall. The proceeds will be donated to St. Catherine of Siena School and Orphanage.
So, gear up for the most-happening and visually appealing spectacle that is going to start as the soothing spring approaches. And don’t forget to celebrate the spirit of passion and bonding beyond borders by Pearl Academy at the event!
Some glimpses of the artwork to be presented at the Kala Ghoda 2016:
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!”
Many don’t but some do know the need and greed of explosive fashion which happens in both minimalist and maximalist contexts where the body can be seen heavily clad to minimum materials to create an expression of theme designer projects to promote.
It is hard to determine exactly when designers started creating Avant Garde Fashion. The art, itself started around the early 1900’s, but there is some indication that the art and some fashion pieces, like wedding gowns were created in the late 1800’s. Avant Garde art and fashion was a controversial subject through the 1960’s. As with any trend, fashions seem to disappear or slow down, but Avant Garde has been present in one form or another since its beginning.
The more bizarre, colorful or large they are, the better the fashion is considered. Striking, bizarre, bold, loud and mysterious are some of the words that have been used to describe explosive fashion.
Early reactions to this kind of art and fashion, by the mainstream public, included accusations of cult association. Some people thought the fashion were brazen and obscene, but as more designers started creating, it became accepted as the trend of the day.
With couture week, fashion week, city-specific fashion weeks and fashion tours embracing the fashion landscape… everyone has a different perception of this phenomenon. Everyone has a vision of the direction they want to see their label grow. Some designers cater to the niche market, some to the domestic market and some want to expand worldwide. Designers know where their market is or whether such expressions could be useful to target clientele. Having said that, designers who are building their brand image should be more cautious of its impression on the buyers they cater to.
While talking about the minimal side of explosive fashion along with avant-garde experimental contraptions and garments skin show is also coming up as a major aspect and is mistaken for glamor.
According to one of the established designers- Fashion is a “creative business” and you cannot be too arty and expect sales. You need to apply your creativity to design well-made products and should know the right channels to show them to the world.
On the intellectual side, explosive fashion has adorned the name of ‘Wearable Art’. In the art, which would apply to the Fashion Industry, it has been described as being innovative or inventive. It has also been labeled in some cases as Vintage, unconventional and innovative fashion.
One of the famous Indian designer who is seen as explosive in his ideas says:
FilepMotwary: What is fashion intellectualism for you?
Manish Arora: Every designer has a thought process behind their collection if one wants to call it intellectualism they can.
FilepMotwary: Is there a message you would like to give?
Manish Arora: Take fashion less seriously, enjoy it and play with it.
FilepMotwary: Can Fashion be a protest?
Manish Arora: Yes fashion can be a protest because people have always used the clothes they wear as a way to stand for something whether it is a teenage rebellion or freedom fighters.
The markets world across are now understanding the concept of explosive fashion or ramp worthy collection which is mainly showcased to attract the buyers and the media. At the same time, these collections are mostly in sync with the look (aesthetic appeal), style, material, color etc. which helps the buyers to visualize the prêt collection.
‘ART’ is an integral part of any creative field and can be used in numerous ways and contexts which can change with space and time.
“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:
Wow, what a Success!
Living up to its expectations, the unstoppable bandwagon of Pow Wow created the buzz, the liveliness, the energy, the vibe which set the tone for all the new Pearlites before stepping into the world full of creativity and innovation. All the young entrants of the Academy participated in the event with full zeal and enthusiasm. Happy faces, cheerful moods, hi-fives, chirpy groups were making the inaugural event an affair to remember for the years to come.
The purpose of PowWow’2015 is to help new Pearlites unlearn, undo, unveil and unravel all the hidden mysteries which have occupied their minds during their schooling phase. Pow Wow is a series of super crazy workshops which introduces the fresh incoming students to a plethora of multi- disciplinary, energetic and multi- sensory activities- through active involvement – that is, through first-hand, investigative experiences, both hands-on and minds-on in nature. The young minds would be engaged both physically and mentally in investigating and manipulating elements in the surrounding environment.
Take for instance; a workshop on ‘Bamboo’ by Suresh Kumar helped students exploring the possibility of the material being a beacon, material of the next century. The workshop aimed at making the students develop not only art but also products which have a good aesthetic value. Students are making different objects and products with Bamboo. Two Bamboo experts have come in from Mehrauli and own a shop in Rajiv Chawk. A total of 30 students enrolled for the workshop. According to the mentor, Bamboo is a substitute for steel and plastic. Even houses in Uttarakhand are being rebuilt from the material due to its sturdy nature.
‘Sixth Sense’ is considered to be an ability of an individual to perceive the subtle-dimension or the unseen world of angels, demons, heaven or hell, etc. or to connect with it. An interesting workshop – ‘The Creative Connexxion’ by Renuka Taneja is inspired from this untapped dimension. Aimed at developing the senses of the young shining minds and enhance their intuition or sixth sense, this workshop will help students to design or create a better world in the future, she said. The touching motive of this workshop is to instil the feeling of gratitude, kindness, honesty and thankfulness among students towards each and everything present around them in this whole universe. We must say that is a beautiful initiative in the right direction to nurture the young minds!
Drama, acting, imitating, show business, et al have always caught our fancy since the childhood stage. At some point in our lives, we all have wanted to become a Hero or an actor who performs for the large crowd and entertain them with his style and moves. ‘Action Express’, a theatre workshop by Himanshu Mehta (Actor & Director) helped students in exploring themselves and shedding their hidden inhibitions through a series of games, activities and various exercises. Interesting storylines, funny concepts, spontaneous actions, cheerful participants have certainly enlightened up the whole workshop. The level of energy and enthusiasm shown by the freshers were commendable.
Everybody loves to Dance; this is one such word which gets our feet tapping, moving and grooving. A unique workshop ‘Dancing Bodies- Shifting Spaces’ by Aastha Gandhi focusses on movement generation through elements like geometry and images. During the workshop, the students were taught how costumes affect the movement of the body. The central line of the body is around which the body forms different shapes in various dance forms. Geometries of the bodies are formed around the central line of body. Changing dimensions of space is what this workshop aimed at teaching. It emphasized on opening the creative buds, so that the students see design, shapes, spaces and patterns and think with a design perspective.
Students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of this workshop as they showcased some of their favourite moves on interesting Bollywood numbers.
A popular saying goes as “Almost everyone with a camera on their Smartphone is a photographer.” Then there’s the other one that goes like “Anyone with a DSLR in his hand considers himself as a photographer.” Photography is an art which needs to be preserved for the well-being of our society. ‘Exploring beyond the Image’, a photography workshop by the well-known photographer Sandeep Biswas proved out to be a huge hit among the new entrants of the academy. He not only discussed the history of photography but also shared his wealth of experience with the participants about the contemporary advancements in this field.
He taught the students the art of reading an image; understand every single detail of image, perspective of photographer while clicking the image, the thought process while choosing the subject. Our budding photographers and young photography enthusiasts looked super happy after learning the new tricks from the master himself.
A super interesting material/craft workshop on ‘Rejuvenating Beads’ by Afsana Chaudhary explored the possibilities of creating products and a range of accessories to familiarize the students with the work culture of the artisans.
The workshop has been aided by Aghaz Group: a group started by 60 women who are skilled in the trade. Four artisans of the group, including the group leader and her daughter have come to teach the students the art. The experts are from Hapur, a village in UP. A group of 30 students attended the workshop and tested their skills with proper guidance from the experts.
This year Pow Wow worked around the theme ‘Ping’ which tends to generates response. Ping is considered as an online expression and is a measure of the latency we feel in everything we do, whether it’s clicking a link, posting a status update, sending a message, playing a game, uploading a file, streaming an online video, or anything else.
A gentle poke on the social media helps draw attention. When you poke your friend, you get poked back. Then you poke again, and get poked back again, and so on, called Ping-Pong poking. Response to stimuli- it encourages curiosity, awareness and tolerance towards new experiences.
Similarly, the sole idea behind POW WOW PING is to generate response or gather feedback from the participants by involving them through an array of activities and exercises. More than 1200 participants from four different cities made this fun-filled event a huge success and helped all the new entrants of the Academy to write a new beginning for the most the important chapter of their life, The College Life!
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This is ‘The day’! This day is very special because your heart palpitates at the mere thought of it; because you want to know what’s awaiting you; because this day will never come back! A very warm and a big welcome to all the new Pearlites!!
While it was your very own famous alumnus Nikhil Mehra to welcome you in Jaipur campus, Ravi Sharma inspired so many of you to bring out your best at Talkatora Stadium in Delhi. In Mumbai, Arnab Chaudhari and Arfi Lamba struck your creative cords. What a beginning for you all during the Orientation at Pearl!
Just like you all, Nikhil is a true Pearlite. “I am a proud Pearl Alumni and I thank my teachers at Pearl for nurturing me during my academic years. They helped me and they will help you also to focus on your goals. In my opinion, the smartest people in the industry come from Pearl Academy.” said the nostalgic maestro of couture from Pearl.
But he had more to share with you because you are in the same league – the league of best designers from Pearl Academy. Nikhil said, “Studying at Pearl is a brilliant opportunity for you. When I come back here after 4 years, I want to be proud of what you all have done during these academic years. Do something meaningful, work hard, have clarity in thoughts, be consistent, learn like you know nothing, see within what you like, achieve something un-achievable and become a good and honest designer. Focus on your goals for the next 4 years; focus on what you are good at. If you are ever unsure of something, always go back to your roots and you will find the answers. Very important – shed your ego but do believe in something and believe in that very strongly as it will define you as an individual.”
Well! The fantastic day of orientation did end but it ended on an even better note. Because from tomorrow, you are required to ‘Ping’ to ‘POW WOW’!
Just like its name, POW WOW PING is an electrifying initiative by Pearl Academy that offers numerous workshops for you . A series of super crazy workshops from 28th July to 31st July, 2015 will welcome the fresher’s with several multi-sensory activities, energetic and multidisciplinary workshops designed and conceptualized by the School of Foundation. Mentors from different fields of society, culture and specializations, which are not academic led, will help in creating a more nurturing and learning environment.
Hey wait! Workshops start from tomorrow. So relax for a while and savour the best of the moments captured during Orientation across campuses in Delhi, Noida, Jaipur and Mumbai…
Rohan Chhabra is redefining the connections among fashion, art and advocacy. He has quickly become a widely celebrated and respected designer and producer of clothing that challenges our expectations, our sense of personal responsibility, and the connection we feel to the world around us.
“The rate at which animals are becoming extinct is now 1,000 times faster than at any other point in history. This is due to human activity, hunting, and severe exploitation of the physical environment,” said Rohan. This striking realization inspired Rohan to use his work in fashion and product design as a platform for action.
Meeting Cora Goettmann, head of design at Pearl Academy, was a turning point for Rohan. With a long-held interest in product design and development, Rohan was initially unsure how he would approach his study in the world of fashion. Cora, however, challenged his thinking and opened up a world of possibilities that have set Rohan on a path he had
“Cora understood and supported me like no one else could. After four years with Pearl Academy, I was more confident, outspoken, ambitious, and had defined and developed my own aesthetic and methodology,”
“Cora gave me the freedom to see and explore fashion not just as a particular style, but as products and as a platform. This helped me understand fashion was less about designing a look, and could in fact be about significant emotional and ethical connections. This really allowed me to start developing a new narrative for my work and for my future.”
Rohan describes his collections as “design for debate.” For example, as part of his Project Endangered line, Rohan has designed leather pants that transform into a cow, and hunting jackets that show the story of the hunter becoming the hunted.
Project Endangered aims to explore the issue of extinction of endangered species like the elephant, the mountain gorilla, the tiger and the rhino. By designing a series of hunting outfits that turn into representations of the animal under threat, Rohan reminds us of our complicity in the problem. The aim is to create a somewhat disturbing experience that moves from aesthetics to moral reflection.
Rohan’s work has received many international awards, including Best Design Project featured in Vogue Italy, the Grand Prix at the Asia Awards, Best Young Creator at Tokyo Designers Week, and the Wildlife Artist of the Year
(Endangered Wildlife Category) organized by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation in London.
“I’ve taken my own path and have dedicated myself to something I really believe in.” In the future, Rohan plans to continue to promote his latest collection online, develop a relationship with an international wildlife protection foundation, and inspire a reduction in the unnecessary killing of animals.
His project aims to explore the serious issue of extinction of endangered species like Elephant, mountain gorilla, tiger, rhino, etc. Several hunting activities and severe exploitation of physical environment is the main reason behind this.***Content courtesy – Laureate Global Impact Report 2015 – Here For Good
Our quest to find India’s 10 most creative minds through ‘Who’s Next’ scholarship program has come to an end. More than 1700 entries from all over the country were submitted in to win the prestigious scholarship. Adjudged by the ‘Who’s Next’ jury including renowned names from the creative industries – Manish Malhotra, Sussanne Khan, Rahul Mishra, Prof. Vikas Satwalekar, Mohan Neelkantan, Dr. Sanyogeitaa Chaddha and Dr. Priya Mary Mathew, the contestants were marked on various skill sets including their level of creativity, innovation, originality and ability to tackle complex problems. The competition proved to be a great platform for young & dynamic minds who wish to make it big at the top level while studying at Pearl Academy.
Want to know who made it to the top 10 and why! Here is a dope on the innovative ideas submitted by India’s most creative minds:
Sakeena Tayebji’s ‘Khana Do’ initiative was conceptualized keeping in mind only one goal – How could we think out of the box to solve one of the perennial problems – hunger, plaguing the mankind. She makes an attempt which couples human values such as philanthropy, love and caring with cutting edge technology such as smartphones, the internet and social networking.
Md. Umar from Tonk, Rajasthan, presented the idea of making fashionable yet affordable clothing for the ‘mango people’. His dream is to design clothes for people from all walks of life, so that no one has to bend their desires to live the life of their dreams.
Another innovative idea of an Eco-Friendly washroom was presented by Divyansha Rawat who impressed everybody with her unique concept. Her aim through her project is to eradicate the problem of wastage of water by recycling it for using it again.
Ambika Ajmani from Bhopal touched sensitive issues like gender equality and openness, female foeticide and abuse, illiteracy, women empowerment, youth depression, and eradication of poverty. Her vision is to bring a change in the society through collaborated efforts by reaching out to the people who are working on such causes to build a better nation.
Chinar Sharma from Dehradun has taken a beautiful initiative to help the cancer affected patients by designing fashionable clothes for them, which will break the monotony and will provide them a trendy look. Her main aim is to make the patients feel empowered and confident among themselves when they look into the mirror.
Nishtha Singh simply floored the judges with her beautiful creations which she made using the paint brush and colours to the maximum effect. Her artwork is mostly inspired by mythology, mystical and magical things depicting the beauty of nature, flora and animals, especially horses.
Sukriti Garg’s projection of a ‘Chair’ is used in her representation to portray a theme that if a person has just the right knowledge, then for him/her the world is a playground (as it is a chair and a book shelf too). Knowledge will get him the opportunity to showcase his talent to the world.
Shashank Shekher Singh discussed the serious issue of child marriage in his project; with this artwork his aim is to eliminate this evil practice completely from our society. He wants to convey this message that marrying at such an adolescent age can completely spoil the innocence, youth and dreams of a girl child.
India is a big country and is densely populated. The issue of ‘Overpopulation’ has been plaguing our country from a very long time. Garima Singhal made her project on this topic by using lamp as a metaphor to perfectly depict this ever-growing problem. Her aim is to create awareness among the masses related on this complex problem.
This ‘Mumbai ki Chori’ a.k.a Monica A. Vanniyar surely won the hearts of judges. She worked on the given theme – ‘World is my Playground’ in a unique manner. According to Monica, her creativity is the mirror image of herself and she also feels that entertainment is one of the best ways to express your feelings. Beauty of Nature, innocence of happiness, heights of achievements, kingdom of creativity, wisdom of entertainment, colors of emotions, simplicity of hard work are few pointers which were discussed in her presentation.
The projects who won this prestigious scholarship program were unique in concept and also have a mass appeal targeting the larger group of audience. The chosen candidates have won scholarship waiving off the whole tuition fee and an all-expense paid study trip to the USA offered by Pearl Academy.
Heartiest Congratulations to all the winners on making it big with Pearl!