Dissertation Thesis: Sustainable, Homemade Textiles
The final Dissertation was on the topic of sustainable, "pure" and untreated textiles that are impossible to find in the market, as they are typically made to undergo hazardous chemical processing at every stage. These harm not only the environment, but are also detrimental to the human body. The end result was a step-by-step, simple means of producing chemical-free and eco-friendly homemade textiles from scratch. Pictured below are the yarns and swatches that were created by me via hand spinning and hand weaving. These were suggested for small-scale hygiene and household purposes, such as for face and hand wipes, baby's diapers or in the kitchen during cooking and to wipe counters. The GPA was 10 / 10.
Craft Cluster with the Vaghri Community of Ahmedabad, Gujarat
As NIFT students, the class travelled to Ahmedabad to study, learn and suggest practices to the Vaghri Community for the betterment of their endangered craft of Mata-Ni-Pachedi. This craft carries religious connotations and was once only hand-painted for its sanctity, where as now the people make use of block printing to quicken the lengthy process. The final outcome by the students was presented in the form of a printed hardbound book and a documentary film. My personal contribution was being in-charge of writing the book, doing some animation for the film and also lending my voice for the voice-over commentary.
TRF: Trends, Research & Forecasting
In this subject, we were taught to identify megatrends and microtrends over a period of time through multiple avenues, such as street fashion, and via different forms of media, such as tv, news and social media. The crux of TRF was to learn how to conduct meticulous research, and also how to use the findings to draw conclusions. The final submission was a Trend Book for SS14 that covered the runways around the world to identify present trends and a forecast of those which would continue to be prominent in the next season.
Visual & Design Culture of India
In this class, we deconstructed mass and pop culture. A key component was the study of visual forms in media and communication and their impact on the art and design of India. For one assignment, the topic of "Kitsch in Photography and Indian Photo Studios" was studied by me and its evolution over time was traced and documented.
Language of Fashion
Observing, identifying and analysing clothing in India and around the world. Taking a particular form of fashion and trailing its roots back to its inception in order to better understand fashion as a whole. The final submission was to do this analysis for a single fashion product; in my case, I chose the Jumpsuit.
Learning to use a number of different software for designing (such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, 3DS Max, etc.). For the final submission, designing an entire house down to the tiniest of details.
Sustainable Design Solutions for NIFT, Delhi Campus
Selected by the Director of NIFT Delhi for this special assignment, the task was to find potential opportunity areas where the college was producing needless waste, and to suggest and implement sustainable models in their place. Several pain areas were identified, including fabric waste, and various proposals were suggested as alternatives. Of these, 3 high priority and easily addressable issues were selected and their solutions were successfully carried out on campus.