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BHAGYASHREE PATWARDHAN

A collection of ceramics inspired by the sea and its corals.

NACHIKET BARVE

An ensemble from the Caravan collection.

ANAND PATEL

The auditorium of the Science Museum

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Showcase 30 Apr 2013

Colour inspirations from earth

This is a celebration of the simplicity and enduring strength of earth—it refers to the stability, warmth, and purity of the earth element and is a call to rediscover the harmonious relationship of other elements and our lives with it.

In this issue of Colour Quotient we  explore the soulful colour stories of Earthen Symphony through conversations with three design professionals representing three unique design practices based in India—Bhagyashree Patwardhan (Paper Boat Collective), Nachiket Barve (Nachiket Barve Design), and Anand Patel (Anand Patel and Associates). Inspired by the issue theme colour (Terracotta-N–0427), the three design professionals share their colour interpretations of Earthen Symphony.  In ‘Spirit of Earthen Symphony’ and ‘Colour Inspiration’, each designer shares their interpretation of the theme and presents a custom colour palette for the same. In the section ‘Showcase’, each designer delves into their folio of work, and shares an instance of contemporary design work that represents the qualities of Earthen Symphony.

BHAGYASHREE PATWARDHAN

BHAGYASHREE PATWARDHAN 

Ceramic Designer
Founder and Partner, Paper Boat Collective—A Unit of Monkey Business

Bhagyashree Patwardhan is a graduate of the National Institute of Design and a founder-partner at two independent creative ventures—Monkey Business (a studio making hand crafted ceramics) and Paper Boat Collective (a shop selling handmade and small scale curated collections of ceramic, textiles, furniture, and children’s merchandise). From her specialisation in ceramic design, she branched out to work in retail, branding, and art direction for sets and sound and light museums. Over the last 15 years, Bhagyashree has traversed the design discipline through its various interpretations. After living in Pune, Bangalore, and spending a large part of her career in Mumbai, Bhagyashree now lives in Goa, in the peaceful and happy village of Socorro.

Spirit of Earthen Symphony 

Earthen Symphony is the song of the earth, of our lives and of our dreams. It is the warmth of the cool breeze gently caressing our skin, the calm that resonates within when the seawater swirls around our tired feet and the beautiful melody of the leaves swaying and birds chirping. It is the rhythm of our soul, our heart, our wishes, and desires woven into the changing seasons, the sun and sand, the water and ice; the spectacular displays of the diverse surroundings and the enchantment of the elements that surround us, that we are part of and are one with.

Colour Inspiration

The hills, the sea, the sun, the sand, the trees, and the butterflies are my inspiration for Earthen Symphony. Living in the peaceful hinterland of Goa, the calm resides in the tall trees, the song in the birds and butterflies, and the quiet in the land around us. The land here is largely made up of laterite—a red stone, used for all kinds of construction. The mud is a rich red brown. The perennial well water and the luscious monsoon make the surrounding landscape a collage of greens. Besides the villages and the interiors, Goa is also synonymous with the sea, the sun, and the beach. The sand is in varying shades of grey and has textures of browns, with beiges and whites intermingled in it. Living in an environment as rich and diverse as this reflects in our life and work.

A collection of ceramics inspired by the sea and its corals.

Bhagyashree Patwardhan’s Showcase

We work with clay. So the main theme for our work is the earth, the various elements, and colours that constitute the earth, be it the rich brown terracotta or the grey black clay. The sea and sand motivate us, and the textures found in elements around us excite our interpretation.

The corals are a huge inspiration in most of our work and have inspired a very prominent sea collection. A beautifully malleable material like clay allows us to explore a multitude of textures and the vibrant glazes in bright colours help translate the rich colours of the corals onto a product. Fired raw clay looks beautiful—it has a great texture and a rich grey brown colour but isn’t strong enough as a finished product. Use of the right colour can either enrich or demean the form. The high-gloss, the mattes, the application, and the thickness, all play a pivotal role in the final manifestation of a beautiful piece of ceramic.

NACHIKET BARVE

NACHIKET BARVE 

Fashion Designer
CEO and Creative Director, Nachiket Barve Design

Having studied design at the National Institute of Design in India and ENSAD in Paris, and after an internship with CELINE, Nachiket has been showing at Indian and International Fashion Weeks since 2007. Eclectic inspirations, unusual use of colour, modern interpretation of Indian techniques and textiles, and fresh sophisticated glamour are the DNA of the Nachiket Barve label. 

The label is a favourite with Bollywood and fashion style icons and retails out of 32 top boutiques in India and abroad. In 2010, Nachiket was awarded the ‘Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the British Council and Elle. Nachiket’s work has been featured in major national and international fashion and design publications. He was the first Indian designer to be invited to show at Buenos Aires Fashion Week in Argentina, as well as at Coterie in New York. Amongst his current achievements, Nachiket has been invited to talk at the Entrepreneurs Conference by the Italian Government, and has been invited by the British Council to showcase his collection at Alchemy in London.

Spirit of Earthen Symphony  

Earthen Symphony represents an exciting amalgam of deep rich colour, warmth, a touch of ethnicity, tradition, sensuality, texture, and richness. I imagine an aesthetic rooted in the ethos of traditional cultures, rustic textures, an imperfect yet beautiful way of making objects. Fiery warmth, soothing earth, sand, dust, wood, pottery are the things I associate with this theme.

Colour Inspiration 

For me, Earthen Symphony evokes the sun-baked earth of barren dusty plains, the colours of Masai tribesmen’s costumes, the rich hues of Kutch craft and textiles, and terracotta pottery from Mexico. There is an element of the unfinished, the handmade, the traditional crafts and yet a sense of happiness, languid restfulness, nostalgia, and rugged beauty. Rich sensual colours, hand-done dung flooring, heat and dust, minimal architecture are the visual cues that resonate with this theme.

Showcase 

An ensemble from the Caravan collection.

For centuries, trade routes like the Silk Route, Spice Route, and Incense Route were the main arteries of contact between the various ancient empires of the Old World. Cities along these trade routes had oasis towns known as ‘caravanserai’ and these served as international marketplaces. They also became cultural and artistic centers, where people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds could meet. My Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collection, Caravan, was inspired by the rich legacy of these points of intersection. 

A multitude of textile and aesthetic influences across Asia, Arabia, and Sahara, from star motifs from Istanbul to Mashru textiles from Kutch, were interpreted through surface details and embroideries. The palette was an amalgam of deep spice and musk colours, with resist dyeing effects. Shades of cinnamon, saffron, amber, teal, olive, and mustard play with deep browns and blacks.

ANAND PATEL

ANAND PATEL 

Architect Principal, Anand Patel and Associates

After studying architecture at the Technical University Delft in The Netherlands (1995-1999), Anand read Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1999-2001).  He has been a practicing architect in India and Europe for over ten years. In March 2008, he set up his private practice, Anand Patel and Associates, with the aim of developing a collective of professionals that will provide condition-specific architectural design and technical services. 

The practice strives to address the needs and aspirations of a country which is at the dawn of a major social and economic shift. The concerns of establishing prudent and sustainable building practices, in the midst of so much change, form the core of this collective. Anand is also active in promoting the concept of ‘Barrier Free Built Environments’; he has co-authored the first design manual for architects that addresses the access requirements of the physically challenged in India. He has been an advisor  to the Government of India in the field of accessibility rights and related design issues since 2006.

Spirit of Earthen Symphony  

Perhaps it means the music of the earth, such as Vivaldi's Four Seasons! And many such associations one makes with varied sense perceptions, since no association is devoid of evoking something from another realm to perceive the one in focus. Thus when a colour is sensed it brings with it associations from memory or it evokes a new desire. A picture emerges and a new memory is formed which in turn will form a back drop to yet another to become sense perception all over anew and again.

Colour Inspiration 

I like primary colours in buildings as they complement and contrast well with the natural colouration of building materials such as bricks, stones, cement, and metals.

Showcase 

Of course each project has a colour balance that is a result of site specifics. Since building design is not the same as fashion design, architects do not generally create colourful built masses based on season, style trends, or on popular demand. The intensity of the sun and local flora play an important role in the overall colours, as much as the use of primary construction materials play, the final colour perception is then the net result of these various elements brought together in light.

The auditorium of the Science Museum

 

IMAGES


BHAGYASHREE PATWARDHAN

Profile Image and Showcase

• Courtesy Bhagyashree Patwardhan
Colour Inspiration
• Leonardo Aguiar » flickr.com/photos/sensechange/523200680/
• spiraltri3e » flickr.com/photos/spiral/1427516972/
• Mikhail Esteves » flickr.com/photos/jackol/85568272/
• Rowland Rose » flickr.com/photos/29353373@N02/3287716395/


NACHIKET BARVE

Profile Image and Showcase

• Courtesy Nachiket Barve Design
Colour Inspiration
• Meena Kadri » flickr.com/photos/meanestindian/388684934
• William Warby »commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Masai_ woman-child.jpg  
• Joe Mabel »commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mexican_ pottery_at_Anita's_in_Bothell,_WA_02.jpg


ANAND PATEL

Profile Image and Showcase

• Courtesy Anand Patel Colour Inspiration
• Jeremy Levine » flickr.com/photos/jeremylevinedesign/4329978495/
• Arild Vågen » commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Biocentrum_SLU_January_2013_02.jpg • Coloue Spectra PRO image courtesy Anand Patel