Portfolio is not just a platform to showcase the work of our graduating students, but a showcase of more reasons than one. It is a calling to all creative minds to come together and witness the potential that lies ahead in the fields of design, fashion, business and media.
It’s a day that our students look forward to, right from the very first day at this institute. It’s an event where their hard work and years of commitment is reflected through the gleaming eyes of their parents and mentors.
#PearlPortfolio is the day when our graduating students step up to become real-world adults. It’s a realisation that they have made it through finals and all the other pressures of academic life, like a real-world professional. It’s terrifying and exciting, nostalgic and exhilarating. All in all, Portfolio marks the end of an era and the start of another one.
#JaipurPortfolio 2018 was indeed a unique platform for all Pearlites since it marked the celebration of 25 years of creative nurturing. The event was hosted at Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre, Jaipur. The day was dedicated to various workshops, insightful panel discussions, an impressive exhibition and an incredible fashion show.
The Best of Portfolio
The best part about Portfolio is undoubtedly the students’ projects. As stated by Prof. Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy, “Jaipur Portfolio has always been something special, but I think Portfolio 2018 has surpassed it all. Pearl Academy, Jaipur has consistently delivered amazing student outcomes and today’s event was an example of that. I think that Jaipur Campus is the ‘pearl’ of Pearl.”
This year, the students’ projects were aimed at using ‘design’ as a problem-solving process. Although each project had a different concept note, they were all focused on contributing to the society in various forms. One such exciting design project was a concept of creating shelters for street dogs, which covered facilities such as medical, adoption, grooming and canine therapy departments by Antara Naik.
Ayush Gulati from Interior & Spatial Design course, explaining his final year project, said, “The future of design is to have the experience of your imagination in real-time. In my design center, I have added RPL – Rapid Prototyping Lab with the futuristic technologies of AR and VR and 3-D printing.”
It is fascinating and equally impressive to witness the age of technology and how beautifully it is blended with designs to define the future of the design industry.
Another leading project was Reclaiming Transition – Inspired by the ongoing civil war in Syria by Rudrakshi Sukhija, which represented the transition from suffering and pain towards hope.
Inspired by her struggle to prove that there is potential in a creative profession, jewellery design student Shubhangi Palawat chose a humble engineering product like pipes used by civil engineers and deconstructed it to make something beautiful. The USP of this body adornment is that it transforms from a flat 2-D object to an interesting 3-D form, and achieves all this with very simple joinery.
‘The Conversation’ – a panel discussion with industry expert Akshat Rao, Producer and Director, Olive Films saw the coming together of creative aspirants to gain insights into what goes behind the scenes and what it takes to look beyond the conventional and choose a creative career.
The evening of #JaipurPortfolio was devoted to a display of fashion and jewellery at a grand fashion show. From casual wear to avant-garde, the show was a healthy mix of global trends in fashion and accessories. The well-deserved standing ovation was a testimony to the years of dedication and hard work of students and faculty alike. The event came to an end with the felicitation ceremony.
Renowned fashion stylist and choreographer, Prasad Bidapa, who was the special guest at the event, said, “I am amazed to see such spectacular works by the student. I think they are learning their craft well and serving a larger purpose. They will one day be star designers and will easily outshine the competition when they step into the industry.”
Over the past 13 years, Jaipur Campus has nurtured some of the most creative minds of the industry and Portfolio is the first step towards their journey as creative professionals. We congratulate Pearlites and their mentors for making this event a huge success, every year, and hope to see our students achieve greater heights in the future.