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ColourNext 2017: Visualize Water workshop by Design Fabric, spreads awareness about environmental damage.:In collaboration with Design Fabric, ‘Visualize Water’ was an installation workshop held at ColourNext 2017 Delhi, that created the space to explore the endless possibilities of making art with water. Participants were guided by the multifaceted architect Ayaz Basrai to create an installation based on the theme of Elixir.

"There were about 7 water bodies that we got into including some the sewers and nalas around Delhi. The amount of chloride and iron content in the water itself was mind-boggling. The amount of garbage that was thrown into the water got me thinking that we are so oblivious to the fact that we have these water bodies dying around us, probably consuming the same water and we have no idea what`s happening", says Anant.

"The workshop, more than, just creating an artwork that was symbolic of water to us, was more about a deeper sense of self-reflection. It’s not everyday that we get to see bottled up pre-drinking water, in it’s purest, filthiest state, presented right before us, right? It’s not everyday that you have a scientific report passed around you casually telling you that we are completely destroying our environment, our everyday being", says Madhuvanthi.

Ayaz Basrai

"What we`re doing at the workshop is an art experiment but it allows them to spend three-hours thinking about water", says Ayaz.

As designers, artists, and creators, it is extremely important to understand the role we play in our society, especially our immediate one. We have the license to educate our people in ways that schools and colleges can’t and that comes into play only through the skills we posses and the awareness we surround ourselves with. With regard to that, it is great how modern day creative platforms such as Design Fabric, take up culturally and environmentally relevant facts such as this and bringing together a community to work for the same, says Madhuvanthi.

Which is also because we have the right to make choices at a larger level which does, indirectly or directly, whether we like it or not, we impact the lives of so many others involved in this everyday cycle of screwing up the environment. Therefore it becomes all the more important that as creators representing the industry, we must take a hard call on conscious choices that’ll help benefit this planet. Step by step, one vector or weave at a time, says Madhuvanthi.

"Through the workshop, if they are able to question the usage of water on a daily basis, if they can look around and spot ways to engage as designers with the way water is used as a resource, then that would be fantastic", says Ayaz.

A final installation produced collating the works of all participants.

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Lab 27 May 2017

While I was at the Visualize Water workshop at ID2017: Madhuvanthi Senthilkumar

More than a workshop, Visualize Water hosted at India Design 2017 was a time of reflection over the very resource we depend for our lives over. Madhuvanthi takes us through the core essence of the workshop hoping that her words would aid all upcoming designers and creatives in making their way in this industry.

I’ve always believed that designers are empowered communicators. We are not only the medium of communication, but we are communication itself. The Visualize Water workshop held at India Design 2017 by Design Fabric and hosted by Asian Paints was truly acknowledging of this fact and utilizing a captive arena to bring in awareness at a larger scale.

Why Elixir and why a workshop?

ColourNext 2017: Visualize Water workshop by Design Fabric, spreads awareness about environmental damage.:In collaboration with Design Fabric, ‘Visualize Water’ was an installation workshop held at ColourNext 2017 Delhi, that created the space to explore the endless possibilities of making art with water. Participants were guided by the multifaceted architect Ayaz Basrai to create an installation based on the theme of Elixir.

Having worked with Asian Paints on Colour Next’s research itself earlier, and on Elixir and Slow Living in particular, we – the panel or analysts/researchers and the brand, realised the need to take this to a larger audience.

The workshop, more than, just creating an artwork that was symbolic of water to us, was more about a deeper sense of self-reflection. It’s not everyday that we get to see bottled up pre-drinking water, in it’s purest, filthiest state, presented right before us, right? It’s not everyday that you have a scientific report passed around you casually telling you that we are completely destroying our environment, our everyday being.

"There were about 7 water bodies that we got into including some the sewers and nalas around Delhi. The amount of chloride and iron content in the water itself was mind-boggling. The amount of garbage that was thrown into the water got me thinking that we are so oblivious to the fact that we have these water bodies dying around us, probably consuming the same water and we have no idea what`s happening", says Anant.

"The workshop, more than, just creating an artwork that was symbolic of water to us, was more about a deeper sense of self-reflection. It’s not everyday that we get to see bottled up pre-drinking water, in it’s purest, filthiest state, presented right before us, right? It’s not everyday that you have a scientific report passed around you casually telling you that we are completely destroying our environment, our everyday being", says Madhuvanthi.

We have the license to educate our people in ways that schools and colleges can’t and that comes into play only through the skills we posses and the awareness we surround ourselves with.

As designers, artists, and creators, it is extremely important to understand the role we play in our society, especially our immediate one. We have the license to educate our people in ways that schools and colleges can’t and that comes into play only through the skills we posses and the awareness we surround ourselves with. With regard to that, it is great how modern day creative platforms such as Design Fabric, take up culturally and environmentally relevant facts such as this and bringing together a community to work for the same.

Ayaz Basrai

"What we`re doing at the workshop is an art experiment but it allows them to spend three-hours thinking about water", says Ayaz.

As designers, artists, and creators, it is extremely important to understand the role we play in our society, especially our immediate one. We have the license to educate our people in ways that schools and colleges can’t and that comes into play only through the skills we posses and the awareness we surround ourselves with. With regard to that, it is great how modern day creative platforms such as Design Fabric, take up culturally and environmentally relevant facts such as this and bringing together a community to work for the same, says Madhuvanthi.

Which is also because we have the right to make choices at a larger level which does, indirectly or directly, whether we like it or not, we impact the lives of so many others involved in this everyday cycle of screwing up the environment. Therefore it becomes all the more important that as creators representing the industry, we must take a hard call on conscious choices that’ll help benefit this planet. Step by step, one vector or weave at a time.

Which is also because we have the right to make choices at a larger level which does, indirectly or directly, whether we like it or not, we impact the lives of so many others involved in this everyday cycle of screwing up the environment. Therefore it becomes all the more important that as creators representing the industry, we must take a hard call on conscious choices that’ll help benefit this planet. Step by step, one vector or weave at a time, says Madhuvanthi.

"Through the workshop, if they are able to question the usage of water on a daily basis, if they can look around and spot ways to engage as designers with the way water is used as a resource, then that would be fantastic", says Ayaz.

A final installation produced collating the works of all participants.

The author of this article, Madhuvanthi Senthilkumar, is the co-founder of The Postbox (thepostbox.in), a designer entrepreneur and a dynamic, young creative with an opinion and a voice of her own. She was a participant in the Design Fabric workshop held at ColourNext Delhi, at ID2017 and was also one among the experts in the panel of professionals that helped carve out the ColourNext’s themes for 2017. To read up on ColourNext’s exploration of ‘Elixir’ via colour palettes, finishes and textures click here. You could also look up the Eco Printing workshop held at ColourNext, here.