“Good deeds should be done with intention, not for attention.”
Being the centre of excellence for creativity and innovation from last 23 years, Pearl Academy has been helping the students to achieve their desired goals and success in their respective careers. But there’s more to Pearl as a brand than what meets the eye, the academy infuses a sense of social well being in its students so that they can also address the needs of the society and be sensitive towards the current social issues.
Recently, Pearl Academy Noida students got a chance to be a part of initiatives which were aimed at contributing something meaningful to the people in need and society at large. Pearl Academy’s PlanClan Music Society (Coordinated by SDS and PlanClan) paid a visit to the Indian Islamic Center to support an NGO ‘Touching Souls’ on 20th Sept.
The event was really inspiring and very interesting for all the members of the music society. where our Students Tushar, Shivam, Vikas, Vatsala, Suashant performed with their group. The main objective behind the event was to help the underprivileged kids, especially the 4 year old “Pradeep” who was born without ears. The event was especially focused to raise funds to get his ears transplant.
Students also met Denero Ash , an International Musician who plays set of drums with his fingers and palm. Ash inspired all of our students and they learnt a lot from him. The event ended on a high note with a rocking jam session that featured the kids from the NGO and Denero Ash himself.
Another project ‘ATTENTION! HUNGER’, was initiated by Sarah Mirza, student of Communication Design Level 2 under the guidance of Shilpi Burman.
According to the stats, 2.6 million children die of hunger every year, that is, a child every 12 seconds. This is in itself a huge concern for a big country like India. ATTENTION! HUNGER project is one such effort by the Communication Design team and PlanClan to provide meals to the under-served communities or the needy people, at least once a month. Robin hood Army, an organisation dedicated to collect excessive food and feed those who are in need helped the students to distribute food amongst the poor.
80 Lunch boxes donated by students,staff and faculty in this pilot project. The Robinhood Army collected and distributed them to the hungry underprivileged kids. The entire team of Noida campus showed great enthusiasm and willingness to lend support for this social cause making it a huge success.
Such initiatives prove to be the guiding light for our students and faculty, as it may not get them a lot of fame but it will certainly go a long way in ensuring social well-being and make Pearlites socially responsible citizens.
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!
“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…
~ More than 100 students participated in an exclusive Workshop on Design Aptitude aimed at instilling required knowledge and skills in them to crack national level entrance examinations
Ludhiana, 7th November, 2014: In an interactive and enlightening ‘Workshop on Design Aptitude’ by the expert faculty from Pearl Academy- Noida Campus, the leading higher education institute in the arena of design, fashion and related businesses. More than 100 students gathered to master the skills essential for cracking any design aptitude test, an essential part of entrance examinations of various national level creative education institutes. The workshop was organized under the expert guidance of Mr. Ankur Kaushik, Senior Lecturer, Department of Fashion Design, Pearl Academy, Noida. Students’ participation from nearly 10 education institutes was witnessed at the workshop.
The workshop was aimed at empowering students with the necessary skills and knowledge to face various design aptitude tests in a more comfortable, confident and appropriate manner. It was a mix of puzzles, fun games and theory which made students learn everything with quite an ease.
Speaking about the event, Ms. Nien Siao, Director, Pearl Academy, Noida, said, “Earlier, creative education was not considered very seriously; a soft career option. With the changing times and mind-set, it is emerging as a very lucrative career option not just in India but globally. We are glad that we are contributing towards its growth in our own way. Also, students’ enthusiastic participation gives us motivation to come up with interesting initiatives such as this workshop on design aptitude.”
While interacting with the students, Mr. Ankur Kaushik, Senior Lecturer, Department of Fashion Design, Pearl Academy, Noida, said, “To crack entrance tests, it is very important to have clear understanding of the basic concepts. And, if your basics are clear, questions will be answered quickly which also takes care of the time management.”
Throwing light on the workshop, Ankur explained that, “The topics that were covered in the workshop included, Critical Thinking and Lateral Thinking, both of which are required to crack any design aptitude test. Critical Thinking is about examining the pieces in a puzzle in any given scenario, while lateral thinking is about rejecting the ‘status quo’ of ideas and conceiving entirely new ways of looking at a problem. In a nutshell, it’s about bringing new pieces into the puzzle, rather than just working with what you have. The workshop also touched upon the basics of colour theory and interpreting/dissecting visuals.”
Students from various education institutions such as, Sat Paul Mittal School, Kundan Vidya Mandir, BCM Arya Model Ser. Sec. School, Convent of Sacred Heart, DAV Public School, Ryan International School, Aurbindo College and Guru Nanak Engineering College, among others participated in the workshop. Their high spirits made the workshop worthwhile.