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So I have had to really reign myself in. And so just trying to really consciously and intentionally, which is my word for the year, take things off my plate as much as possible. So I would highly recommend all of this. And yeah, just be there for them more than I have been in the past, I think. And just really enjoying getting some regular gentle exercise with my walking streaks. But for the time being, just having those daily hour walks has just been awesome. But you know, I think having been doing it, I still am getting a few walks in.

So if you have any comments on, you can post them on Instagram or on the show notes. I have been working a lot on my sort of secret collections and getting them all up to date. So thanks for joining me. Thanks for all your support and your lovely messages, posting all your projects on Instagram. I follow several hashtags with Curious Handmade, and just love seeing your projects popping up there and on Ravelry. Thanks again for being so awesome.

Have a good week. So, without further ado, here are the six shawls of The Shawl Society Season Magical, safe, and full of good fortune, Talisman is a carefree crescent shawl, inscribed with a simple star stitch. Traditional lore advises that a talisman should always be made by the hands of the one who intends to use it. By my reckoning that makes this shawl perfect for some selfish knitting. These cherished objects were often made to protect pilgrims on their journey, and it just so happens that Talisman makes wonderful travel knitting.

The pattern has been designed to showcase beautiful hand dyed yarn: subtly tonal, boldly variegated or a tranquil gradient, and it includes three versatile sizes. The small is a one skein project, ideal for crafting a special yarn into something charmed. The large size is just right for two skeins of fingering yarn or a beautiful lace weight. Amulet was inspired by the mystical beauty of an ancient Egyptian carving of a powerful scarab beetle with wings outstretched to provide shelter and protection from harm.

The most important characteristic of any amulet is the power ascribed to it by its owner, and I have tried to infuse this design with some of that energy and intention. The sacred significance of handmade objects is something that every knitter knows. Made for yourself, it is an eloquent act of self-care. When knit for a loved one, it is a compelling symbol of comfort and love.

It can be knit in one, two, or even more colours, making it an excellent project for stash busting. Optional beads add a flicker of light to its soft textures and quiet curves. Designed for lace or fingering weight yarn, it is delicate and light enough to wear even in the warmer months. Gritting your teeth and clenching your hands around your needles never helps. This shawl is a higher level of difficulty than the previous Shawl Society patterns: the lace is a bit more challenging and there are four rows where you are knitting lace rows on the wrong side. Aurorae are the spellbinding flames of light that gather in the sky at both ends of the earth.

I love the idea that people from different places can look at one phenomenon and interpret it so differently and creatively. In a much smaller way we can see this same magic happening in something as simple as a knitting pattern, when the gifted imaginations and hands of knitters from every corner of the world create their own versions of a beautiful object. The Aurorae Shawl gathers up the strands of that sense of wonder, with rippling shifts of colour and flickering eyelet lace. Aurorae Shawl was designed using a six colour gradient set, with both sport weight and fingering weight versions.

An i-cord edge gives Aurorae a lovely, polished finish. The design for Quill draws from older, more patient ways of making and doing. This elongated, triangular shawl features stripes like the lines of a letter on a parchment page and a lace border inspired by feathers. Quill is a generously sized shawl with an engaging mix of colour and texture.

It makes for relaxing knitting, and the yarn selected adds another layer of old-fashioned comfort. It is made from historic Wensleydale, Teeswater, Cotswold and Black Leicester Longwool, all British heritage breeds chosen for their long, wavy, lustre fleece. Even though the knitting community today is largely bound together with the modern magic of the Internet, the objects we make with our hands are a throwback to a graceful past. Knitting Quill is a beautiful way to slow down at the end of a busy day, giving yourself over to an uncomplicated creative practice and a quieter way of being in the world.

The Sonder Shawl is a big, soft, cosy shawl to wrap up the Shawl Society journey. Other times, a mundane moment spent standing in a coffee shop queue becomes suddenly mysterious as you wonder about the inner lives of the strangers who surround you. The moment we meet a new friend, we gain entrance into the rich story of their lives. It is the best way we have of tapping into that abundance of experience, and for the final Shawl Society project I wanted a design that reflected the connection and warmth we share as a community of knitters.

The Sonder Shawl is an elongated triangle shape, veering towards a scarf. It has an open, easy to memorise stitch pattern and is finished with playful tassels. In the spirit of sharing, it is wonderful gift knitting: the bulky yarn knits up super fast and the contemporary design will appeal even to shawl sceptics. Publishing this collection as a real-life book is a realisation of a life-long dream. Well, the results of that collab are now available, and I wanted to share some photos with you:.

Big Blue Moma is a Canadian fair trade and handmade company. They carry a magnificent line of baskets which are handwoven in the village of Nyariga in the Northern region of Ghana. After seeing them on The Grocery Girls podcast, I fell in love with these amazing baskets and wanted to make it easier for those of us in the UK and Europe to get our hands on them. So I had a chat with my lovely friend Jennifer, founder of the the amazing fair trade boutique marketplace So Just Shop. She agreed with me that these are something special, so we collaborated and brought some over.

If you want to try and snatch up one of these lovelies for yourself, here are the links you need:. Handmade objects can mean a path forward and a better future. I love that these baskets are a symbol of that empowerment, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Knitvent is underway! I also have another pattern which has just launched in the fabulous new Mini Yarn Guide London, an exciting collab with some wonderful ladies, and our Knitvent Giveaway winners to announce!

AYS is a wool boutique specializing in hand dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world. This week on the podcast I introduce you to the latest Shawl Society design, the Rune Shawl, and then dive into a discussion of the many amazing types of stitch patterns that can enrich a shawl design. Lace, colourwork, cables…stitch patterns are an endless source of interest for me. I share some of my favourite stitch dictionaries and resources and chat about the challenges and joys of working a stitch pattern into a new design. Super Stitches Knitting stitch dictionary. Vogue Knitting Stitchionary series.

Harmony Guides to stitches knit and crochet. Found carved into ancient artefacts, monuments and standing stones scattered across the north, runes carry stories across thousands of years. Every rune was much more than a simple letter in an alphabet. Each one was also a symbol of power, revered as magical, used in divination and charms. To inscribe or invoke a rune was to invoke the force for which it stood. Inspired by such beautiful words and the depths of their hidden meanings, it seemed only fitting that the second season of The Shawl Society should feature a Rune Shawl.

Our fourth shawl has been imbued with a little of that ancient mystery. This is a shawl full of subtle detail and secret features.

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Knit in two colours with a deceptively simple garter and eyelet pattern, there is more to Rune than meets the eye at first glance. Millennia after the first runes were used, we can still understand the magical charge of creating something with a powerful intention and a deeper meaning.

Just like a rune, a handmade object is always more than the sum of its parts, and always carries a message. To ourselves, to others around us, and maybe to the generations who will treasure it long after we are gone. I chat about my recent projects lots of secret design work! Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products.

Smart Passive Income Podcast Ep You can find it here. Kristen also put together a few lovely combos just for Snowmelt:. You can read all about these delicious colourways over on the Skein Blog. I designed this shawl in part to encourage stashdiving. This is the last official day of Stash Appreciation month here at Curious Handmade, after all, and while I know many of us are enjoying the excuse to buy new yarn for this project, I also know that many more have some wonderful single skeins lying around, waiting for the perfect project.

Chances are there are a few hiding in your stash that could surprise you when you put them together. This MKAL is a chance to explore your stash and experiment with combinations you might not have considered. This is a gorgeous hand-dyed single ply superwash merino. I hope those tips give you some confidence to choose your own yarn for this project. Happy knitting! Today I talk about next-level stash appreciation: loving all your precious leftover scraps! I chat about some great ideas and patterns for scrap yarn and share how my Design Your Summer project worked out.

Specialising in hand-dyed yarns and luxury fibres from around the world, A Yarn Story is a destination shop, both in-person and online! Start creating your own yarn story…. Beekeeper Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits. Cozy Memories Blanket How-To. Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Mina Philipp. Twinkle Twinkle Blanket.

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Scrapalong Hat by Wooly Wormhead. Pom Pom Garlands. For many knitters, the thought of setting down your needles and picking up a crochet hook is a daunting one. But once you learn how to wield a crochet hook, it can become an important skill to have in your knitting bag of tricks.

Cal Patch teaches some of the most common ways that crochet can be used in combination with knitting — to add a button band to a sweater, join seams, add length to a garment, create a decorative picot or scalloped edging, and make fun applique embellishments, to name a few. Not only is this information practical, but it will provide you with creative inspiration for adding new and exciting finishing touches to your knitting. Cal also has a very fun crochet granny squares class which is perfect for crochet beginners. Gaga for Granny Squares by Cal Patch.

Granny squares are a must for any crochet repertoire. Whether you choose to make your grannies multi-colored for a vintage look or a solid for a more modern take, Cal shows you how to crochet these classics. There are several weaving classes on Creativebug, and this one seems like a great place to start:.

Weaving for Beginners by Annabel Wrigley. Learn the basics of making one-of-a-kind woven tapestries with Annabel Wrigley.

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This course goes beyond simple warp-and-weft weaving, teaching you how to add long, dramatic fringe, color-blocked shapes, fluffy clouds of wool roving, and loads of texture and color. Best of all, Annabel teaches you how to mix and match all of these techniques so that you can design a unique tapestry of your own in any size you like.

The Shawl Society is all wrapped up in our third pattern, Asana. The most breathtaking finished objects are already showing up in the Ravelry thread! Join The Shawl Society here. As some of you might know already, Curious Handmade was nominated for the UK Podcast Awards, and we made it to the finals. I am so incredibly honoured and thrilled. My amazing listeners have gotten me this far, and it would be incredible if we could make it to the very end and win. Voting is super easy: just click on the image below to be taken to the voting website, then scroll down and click on my picture!


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She has four collections of poems, four plays, an anthology of column writing, a collection of critical essays in Kannada and English on gender, language, literature and culture and a book on Slovenian-Kannada Literature Interactions to her credit. As a practicing poet she has collaborated poetry performances with artists, poets and musicians from different parts of the world. She has a Ph. Manjari has been involved in educational research and practice within elementary-secondary schools and higher education. Her research work has been primarily qualitative and included ethnographic studies of teaching and learning.

Her educational practice has included teaching and counselling students within K system in India, teaching undergraduate students in the United States, mentoring and supervising pre-service teachers, as well as contributing to professional development workshops and programs for practicing teachers. Manjari's focus is on fostering educational practices that are learner-centered, developmentally appropriate and stimulating and which promote gender equity and student empowerment.

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She is interested in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs and processes that foster quality learning among children enrolled in school or non-formal educational programs, and, in conducting programs and research related to teacher's professional learning and development. After obtaining a Ph. At Srishti, Manjula teaches various aspects of technical communication, which includes topics ranging from structured writing to professional communication skills.

As an educator, he works with a combination of teaching philosophies and methods of design and making. Born and brought up in Jaipur, Manoj has a post graduation specialization in product and furniture design, after graduate specialization in Applied Arts. He also facilitates units across the foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Areas of Interest : Live grassroots-level innovation projects, designing development projects aimed at increasing livelihood mostly in rural parts of the country using the lens of sustainability and varied cultures.

Marialaura Ghidini Marialaura Ghidini is a contemporary art curator and writer with international experience in producing exhibition projects reflecting on the intersection between the arts and technology. She was founder director of the web-based curatorial platform or-bits. At Srishti she brings her interdisciplinary and hybrid approach to practice and theory and her interest in working with different formats of artistic and curatorial production and display through using contexts of engagement beyond the gallery and the museum.

Marialaura is course leader for Experimental Media Arts. She has a wide range of experience in architectural and interior projects including residences, offices and resorts. This is a EU funded project in collaboration with other design schools in Europe and Asia. She is also coordinating the LeNS India chapter. Mary has worked on various projects with students at Srishti, which includes Sustainable and Inclusive Design.

She also facilitates spatial design courses for the Postgraduate Diploma students. As an educator, she works with a combination of teaching philosophies and methods of understanding contemporary and new interventions of art, design, culture and society. Meena is currently engaged in collaborative projects where she combines elements of artistic practice, academic training for graduate students of art and design, with a strong focus on new artistic practices that combine experimentation, imagination and development in technology and media.

A visual Artist and textile designer, her expertise is in advanced screen-printing techniques for Textiles, Natural and synthetic dyeing, Shibori, Sculpture and Visual arts and her research interests lie in Resist dyeing; Rust dyeing and deconstructed screen-printing. Meera facilitates inter-disciplinary projects and courses at Srishti. These include Tales from Malabar, a traveling museum with narratives from the Mapilla Muslim community; Beyond Sight, Sensorial and Tactile design interventions for the blind and partially sighted; Voicing Cultures: Frameworks and Paradigms exploring the contemporary interpretations of heritage sites and its impact in shaping economic individualism and shifting identities.

Meera is currently one of the course leader for Industrial Arts and Design Practices. She has worked with children from marginal communities as an Art and Life skills facilitator in Bangalore and as a creative leader at The Green School, London. Her role involved researching and looking at the lives of common as well as from the Vijaynagar Empire period, their trade, occupation, material culture, beliefs, rites and rituals, and living traditions.

Minakshi has successfully curated several art exhibitions in Bangalore as well as exhibited her own paintings and installations at major Indian cities and in the UK. Before joining Srishti in she was working as gallery manager and curator with an art Gallery in Bangalore and as a Creative coordinator, fundraiser and volunteer with a medical NGO, Aarogya Seva. Prior to Srishti he was worked as a Sr. Areas of Interest : 3D animation techniques, 3D character modelling. Murali Krishna Krishna is an architect, toy and game designer and a design manager.

At Srishti, Krishna engages with the final year students in their projects covering the areas of designing for special children, universal design, play and education. Naga Nandini Naga Nandini has trained in Industrial Product Design, her work in the last 25 years has included a variety of projects ranging from craft and livelihood to communication design.

Much of it has been at the grassroots level and she feels that a large part of being a good designer is a willingness to do what it takes in any context, learning skills where necessary and developing an ability to be a part of and manage change effectively. Nandini likes working in real contexts, enjoys collaborative thinking and making, and feels that when students work in mixed groups with artisans and makers, the best work emerges.

As a practitioner and teacher, Nandini remains firmly rooted to the context of our country, people and culture — who, she feels, have a unique way of being that is fascinating as well as exasperating and provides us with many complex problems as well as solutions, old knowledge as well as new insights.

She is also a member of the Board of Studies at Srishti. Naini Arora Naini Arora is a visual artist working across various media. Her research revolves around the theory and practice of Visual Arts with a focus on photography. She is currently engaged in site-specific works that explore the subtle relations that binds entities to each other and how shift in spaces transform those relations.

She combines various art forms with emphasis on ephemeral materials.


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Narendra Raghunath Narendra is visual media artist. Drawing inspiration from oriental philosophy and aesthetics, he locates his art practice in human centric enquiry of social construct and its vulnerabilities. He has been part of many critically acclaimed artistic engagements and exhibitions in India and abroad. There are many published literary works and essays in mainstream news medias and journals to his credit. In particular, Naveen takes a critical yet constructive stance through exploring alternative possibilities for localized, de-colonized and participatory design of self-tracking and data-driven digital-physical infrastructures for community care.

Naveen also leads the bachelors and masters in Human-Centered Design at Srishti, where his focus has been to create an environment of learning through which the students can expand the horizon of their emerging practice as interaction designers towards impacting communities at a grass-root, localized level.

Naveen is an active member of international and Indian HCI research communities volunteering as program and organizing committee member, and reviewer for international and national conferences. Neeraja D. Neeraja D is a multidisciplinary artist who makes prints, sculpture, and site-specific installations that explore how language and architecture are structures that frame our understanding of who we are, and shape our association with space as a memory.

Her interest in the apparent associations and involuntary disassociations of the spoken word and the formal structure of a written script enable her to negotiate the dominant narrative. She is a late-age emerging artist who spent her early years working in the corporate world of public policy.

At Srishti, Neeraja facilitates studio courses based on printmaking, photography, and sculpture. After graduating with a Masters in Interior Design from Manipal University, Dubai, she worked for many projects ranging from residential to commercial and retail spaces. Following this, she moved into academics, taking up the post of Interior Design Coordinator and Assistant Professor at the School of Design and Architecture, Manipal University, Dubai where she strove to encourage interactions between professionals in design firms and academia in order to improve studio efficiency.

At Srishti, Nivi currently teaches Foundation, where she works with a combination of teaching methods that involve constructive thinking, exploration through hands on skills and inquiry driven sessions. Areas of Interest : Visual representations, Spatial, product and furniture design, Design thinking tools, Material exploration, Art. Padmini Nagaraja Padmini is an educator-researcher who locates her practice in trandisciplinary pedagogy; designing learning experiences and curriculums that draw upon principles of emergent design.

She mentors educators for a reflective practice and personal mastery. She has experience in designing and facilitating learning expeditions and her work with teachers and children has ranged from those in elite and mainstream schools to non-formal learning centres in under-served communities. Padmini has experience in diverse environments over 20 years beginning as a lecturer in Physics to cadets of the armed forces in an undergraduate programme at the National Defence Academy, to teaching and coordinating science and math curriculum in schools and mentoring teachers to become innovative practitioners.

She holds a Masters degree in Physics and Bachelor of Education degree in science and math education. Areas of Interest : Pedagogy, Science as a practice for teachers, Mindfulness practices, Curriculum design, Eastern pedagogical tradition 'Upaya' and the Principles of nonsense and the absurd. Parvatam Venkata Ramana Ramana teaches in the Animation Department at Srishti, and has over 12 years of work experience in various genres of animation.

He has been a fundamental force behind conceiving the award winning series "Little Krishna" and yet to be released feature film with the same title. He joined Srishti in and has been instrumental in structuring the 2D animation and visual effects courses. Because of his strong individual style, he has become well-known in the field of concept development, character design and illustration for animation in India.

Pinak Banik Pinak Banik is a visual artist, media practitioner and independent researcher. Trained as a sculptor from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan and FFA, MS University of Baroda, Pinak has worked around the discourses of Art, Culture and Power relations, where his research and engagements culminate into sculptures, invested surfaces, programmed events, virtual instructive spaces, designed print media, installations, research documentations etc.

Pinak has participated in several curated group exhibitions, workshops, performance events and museum exhibitions. At Srishti, Pinak extends the idea of culture generation by trying to blur the line between art and design as a possibility with a particular emphasis on the peripheries of cultural history.

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Pithamber R Polsani Pithamber traversed diverse disciplines: philosophy, education, technology, management, literature, semiotics, media, psychoanalysis, art and Spanish language. These explorations have given him the capability to synthesize insights from multiple domains and connect hitherto unconnected things in a unique way to arrive at solutions to conceptual and practical problems.

Pooja Kaul Pooja is a Visual artist with a background in Painting. As faculty member at Srishti, she navigates across the board of programs and disciplines applying her core of Visual Art to newer forms and contexts through an artistic methodology. Her theoretical interests are also wide, often inquiring the roots and fundamentals of art, history, storytelling and philosophy. Her research interests lie in Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics and more specifically a formal ontological approach to the Compositional principles of Painting. She has also worked as Assistant Director with filmmaker and photographer Benoy K Behl in the years in the making of 2 series of documentary films about Indian art history: One series of 12 films on 'The Story of Buddhism'; and Another set of 2 films on the 'Cosmopolitan Nature of Ancient and Medieval India'.

Born and raised in a small town in Kerala until early adulthood with letters to keep her company, she grew up being sensitive to words and imagined worlds. To fund her own studies, she started doing Writing Workshops with children. Through experimentation that was benefited by some serendipitous creative outbreaks, she began to develop her practice of teaching writing that is committed to fine tuning intuition and imagination. She trained under Project Vision to learn design tools and pedagogical processes. As a writer and a teacher of writing, Pooja is a keen observer of her world, both physical and political.

After becoming a mother, when she is not teaching, she writes about gender, motherhood and bodies. Preeta Dhar Preeta is an environmental lawyer with an interest in sustainable development and participatory governance. She has worked on environmental litigations before the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal. In addition, she has coordinated research projects on transboundary water governance and coastal area management. She is interested in policy processes, and has worked as a Parliamentary Research Assistant.

Through her work, she looks at the interconnections of different practices and perspectives within the policy framework. She holds a B. Areas of Interest : environmental impact assessment, water management, urban governance, natural and cultural heritage. Rachel Immanuel Rachel is a service designer, brand strategist and user experience researcher. She has worked on projects with a systems thinking approach in fields like healthcare, waste and governance, mobility, IT, lighting, home appliances, brand strategy, experience and communication, etc..

Areas of interest: developing new research methods and tools, mapping, building experience narratives, hand-made typography, systems thinking, future envisioning, behavioural change, cognitive science. Ranjani Balasubramanian Ranjani is an architect, urban designer and planner. After graduating with a Bachelors in Architecture from BMSCE Bangalore, she pursued her passion for sustainable architecture while working with heritage conservation in Ladakh and then in solar passive architecture in Auroville and Bangalore.

Ravi Mani Ravi Mani has a M. As a LEED Accredited Professional LEED-AP he is a sustainable development consultant in the areas of environmentally responsible architecture and renewable energy solutions and likes to explore space, time and energy in a rhythmic order using Indian aesthetics that is conducive to well-being and comfort.

He has over twenty years of management consulting and industry experience in North America, Europe and Asia in diverse industries — green building consulting services, supply chain management and just-in-time systems before joining Srishti in At Srishti, Ravi facilitates studios in sustainability studies for undergraduate students, where inspired by the principles of integral education PG Diploma, IGNOU he encourages them to produce self-directed learning outcomes in the design of lean and green business services, and systems and public space design.

This is where she discovered her passion for toy design, design for education and working with natural materials. She later co-founded and partnered Design Circle, a design and production firm for furniture and lifestyle accessories. As a Design Educator at Srishti, she guides students in the Impact Edge Lab where the projects combine Business Strategy and Design Thinking to design businesses that seek to create social impact profitably.

Ritu also teaches courses in Design Thinking, Systems Design at the undergraduate level. Sai Krishna Mulpuru Sai Krishna is an electronics engineer and researcher in visual perception and virtual reality. After finishing his engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, and graduate studies in Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, he worked on visual and auditory perception in non-human primates, using eye tracking and single-unit electrophysiology at Vanderbilt University. As a hobby, he makes degree travelogue films narrated through virtual reality.

At Srishti, Sai teaches prototyping, modeling and simulations of behaviors and environments using various mediums like electronic circuits and virtual worlds. Samhita Arni Samhita is a writer, screenwriter and graphic novelist. She used to write a regular column for The Hindu on women in myth and history, and her fourth book, a work of historical fiction set in the Sangam era, will be published this year.

Sandeep Ashwath Sandeep Ashwath is an animator and anthropologist. He is interested in the construction of sacredness in domestic spaces, the audience reception of animation texts and the relation between moving image and the transcendent. In his work as an animator, Sandeep initially engaged with traditional forms of Indian storytelling and performance through classical animation involving hand painted and paper cut-out techniques.

He mentors graduation projects and sits on advisory panels for doctoral students. Sanjay Barnela Sanjay Barnela is an environmental filmmaker with a career spanning over two decades,. An early and enduring passion for mountain climbing and trekking in the Himalayas lead Sanjay quite naturally to his choice of subject matter as a documentary filmmaker — the political interface between the environment and local communities, wildlife-human conflicts, conservation and livelihoods, customary rights of rural communities, practices of pastoral communities, and the political economy of water among others.

With diversity — both cultural and environmental- remaining a core theme, Sanjay has expanded his cinematic subjects to include women leaders and women musicians across the Indian landscape. He was conferred the Prithvi Ratna award for environmental filmmaking in as recognition of his body of works. Sanjukta Ghosh Sanjukta is a passionate researcher. Her research expertise is in the area of consumer behavior and market intelligence through qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Her research findings have been published in journals of national and international repute. Sanjukta has 15 years of experience, which includes research, academics and industry. She is currently associated as a faculty at Srishti and teaches Research Methods for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Areas of Interest : Consumer behavior, Data analytics, Eco innovation. As a Faculty Technical at Srishti he shares his experiences and technical expertise to students and take them to an advanced level in the 3D Virtual world and Visual effects industry as well.

Shai Heredia Shai Heredia is a filmmaker and curator. In , she founded Experimenta India, the international festival for experimental cinema in India, which has become a significant forum for artists' film and video. Shai has curated experimental film programs at international film festivals and art venues, including the Berlinale, Germany and the Tate Modern, London.

Shai has been an arts grant maker with India Foundation for the Arts where she ran the Extending Arts Practice grant program. She studied Sociology at St. At Srishti, Shai teaches courses in film appreciation and experimental film practice. As a licensed amateur radio broadcaster callsign: VU3HPA , he is actively interested in communication policy research, radio astronomy, extends his media art practice as a transmission artist and has installed his work in several national and international avenues.

He is also an international partner and co-organizer of the International Summit on Critical and Transformative Making held annually in Indonesia. Shiuli Shiuli is a design professional with experience of more than 7 years in crafts sector, furniture design, accessory design, capacity building, and design education.


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  4. She believes education needs continuous evolution, and learning is a two way process. Working at grassroots level, gave her an insight on the rich traditional repertoire of India, and the opportunities it has that is yet to be explored at various dimensions. Other than her varied study on crafts and practices of different sectors, some of her major work are on wood crafts, anchor and mentor for students in project involving Bamboo Crafts of Gujarat, mentoring students on different projects based on Crafts of Rajasthan, work on skill development programs.

    She has also been an active volunteer for capacity building and women empowerment projects. Her work with Action Center for Transformation, has been featured in various newspapers, and in magazines like Creative Gaga, of Indian Origin. Siddharth Mandavgane Siddharth Mandavgane is an animation and visual effects artist with industry experience of over 10 years. At Srishti Siddharth teaches courses in animation and visual effects. He focuses on imparting hands on animation skills like stop motion and mentors student animation projects towards optimum technological creativity.

    Areas of Interest : VFX cinematography, photography, paper cut-art, stop motion animation, traveling, trekking and music. Sonal Godhania Sonal Godhania is a researcher with an academic background in the field of Strategic Management in the fashion industry. As an educator, she works with a combination of teaching philosophies and methods of practice, experience and the latest innovation in the given field. Born and brought up in Pune, Sonal has formal training in Business Management, Fashion Design and other art and craft.

    She teaches across undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels. Srivi Kalyan Srivi Kalyan is an artist, designer, educator and writer. She works at the fluid and exciting intersection of arts, media, education, design, environment and self-reflection. Srivi has authored and illustrated several books for children and adults and is an award winning writer and illustrator. Her work through the creation of educational media reaches millions of children across India through reprints of textbooks, and creative products.

    At Srishti, she encourages students to discover the heart of their own creativity. Srivi teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and is a course leader for Information Arts and Information Design Practices and Earth Education and Communication. Sudebi Thakurata Sudebi is a designer of learning. She is a graphic facilitator, published writer, critical instructional designer, reflective practitioner, creative documenter and a passionate singer.

    She designs learning, emphasizing on place-based, context-specific, people-centric, socially, environmentally and culturally relevant issues, while integrating multiple perspectives and aesthetics. She has been engaged in the areas of social development, community media, oral traditions, collaborating with organizations and individuals globally, since the age of thirteen.

    She brings in inquiry driven, visual, participatory design into her work. Her style of work is in embedding socio-political issues with a narrative approach into whatever she does, which she believes would lead to an understanding of the complexities of various systems through their inter-connectedness, resulting in catalyzing action by people. She works with children in urban slums, using story and place-based, context-driven, observation-led reflective design. Areas of Interest: design thinking; human centered design; teaching; tools for thinking; research design; curriculum and instructional design; oral history.

    Sudipto Dasgupta Having been trained as an industrial designer, and some experience in the small and medium scale industry sector gives Sudipto a thorough grounding in the nuances of the industry. However, these have got re-discovered, re-defined and deconstructed throughout his career and few of the major players that shaped it were the craft and the income generation sector where product and industrial design as well as craft and developmental activism took on another meaning. Meanwhile the background values and definitions of product, system and service design have kept surfacing and led to an amalgamation that had elements of academically defined design with a kind of journalistic curiosity and passion towards craft.

    Sujata Ramesh Pudale Sujata is a skilled programmer and educator with a proficiency in advanced programming languages. After graduation, she joined Department of Information Technology in Mumbai where she taught mobile computing, software testing, computer graphics and database management. She has over 10 years of experience in academics across a diverse population of traditional and nontraditional students, both in person and in an online environment.

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    She is involved in mobile app development for Android and iOS platforms and is interested in game design and development using 2D and 3D game engines and tools for mobile devices. She has presented papers in national and international conferences and published research work in scientific journals. At Srishti, Sujata teaches technical courses at undergraduate level.

    Swati Dandekar Swati Dandekar is a filmmaker with a keen interest in documenting and understanding the process of change. Her recent work, arising out of collaborations with economists and urban planners, is a series of film essays on practices of governance and democracy in India, and their impact on peoples, places and the environment. As a founder member of Vikalp Bengaluru she has been actively involved in creating a documentary viewing culture in Bangalore city through regular film screenings.

    She is Head of Program for Film, and teaches courses in film and general studies. Swati Maskeri Swati has been a part of Srishti since as faculty and Head of programme for the Department of textile design, where she has been responsible for teaching as well as curriculum development at the undergraduate level.

    With an Undergraduate Diploma in Textiles, specialising in weaving, she went on to work with a State of the Art mill, Himatsingka Seide Ltd in Bangalore from to She has worked closely with crafts persons for design development in the traditional hand loom weaving styles of Orissa and West Bengal and with several other craft groups in North Karnataka as well as Kutch, Gujarat. Syed Gowhar Andrabi Gowhar is a practicing graphic designer and lecturer. His 15 years of design industry experience includes print, identity, advertising, packaging, interactive, web, and exhibition design.

    He has worked with leading design agencies and publication houses in India, Middle East, and the UK with major international brands. In his research, Gowhar is creating a prototype visual language of religious similarities that aims to promote religious tolerance online among young adults. Some of his research is available online on academia. Gowhar is a member of the Design Research Society.

    Tapasya Thapa Tapasya Thapa is an educator, researcher and occasional writer. Her M. Phil thesis explored the question of identity through the writings of the Ayamik Lekhan movement in Nepali literature.

    As an educator, she has taught both UG and PG courses at various colleges. Tulip Sinha Tulip Sinha is an industrial designer, maker, researcher and educator. She was involved in the design of consumer experiences through space design and merchandise presentation. Equipped with consumer insights gained from this stint, Tulip set up her own design studio FolkUs Design Interventions to pursue her passion in indigenous crafts and cultural storytelling.

    She has since worked closely with various craft clusters, craft organizations and social enterprises across India in the capacity of a researcher, skill-trainer, designer and entrepreneur. As an educator, her interests lie in the area of developing pedagogic tools, contents and methods that simplify the dissemination of creative intelligence and design skills.

    Urvashi Jalali Urvashi Jalali is a professional architect with experience in large-scale office, residential and commercial projects. This cross-dimensional perspective is key to her understanding of the built environment and the evolutionary opportunities it presents. She is passionate about teaching and was earlier part of Architectural Design-an architectural school teaching Architectural Design. Vasanthi Mariadass Vasanthi Mariadass is a Film Studies and Critical Theory researcher who specializes in visual essay, documentary, experimental, avante garde cinema, specifically by French-Swiss film director Jean-Luc Godard and the films and installations of German filmmaker Harun Farocki.

    She completed her doctoral studies from Indiana University at Pennsylvania. Vasanthi collaborated with Prof. Daniel Fetzner, Offenburg University, Prof. Marion Mangalsdorf , Freiburg University and Prof. She obtained a research residency at Gothenberg University to continue her research on Harun Faroki. Vasanthi was the coordinator for the postgraduate English programme at St. She was the project manager for the CIDA grant program on sustainable energy, which was linked to women and development. At Srishti, she along with her students, engage with the world through the lens of User experience and Service Design helping the world become more user- friendly.

    He has seven years of industry experience and has been working with Srishti for the past fourteen years. Yadu Rajiv Yadu Rajiv is a game designer and developer, as well as a curator and evangelist for independent games. A maverick who designs games and game-like experiences, he also writes code and creates art for games. In , he co-founded Hashstash, where he designed and developed the multiple award-winning local multiplayer game, Circulets. She is employed internationally and nationally as a professional font designer. Zenab has presented papers and talks on Font Design, and, conducted typography workshops in Armenia, Australia and India.

    Currently while teaching at Srishti, she is researching on various Indian scripts with a special focus on editorial typeface. Areas of Interest : Type design, Typography, Research. Faculty Breadcrumb Home - People - Faculty. Teaching Faculty Abhishek Hazra Abhishek Hazra is a visual artist whose close yet idiosyncratic study of the historiography of science has led him to explore various practices of knowledge production and dispersion.

    Areas of Interest : Pedagogy, Science as a practice for teachers, Mindfulness practices, Curriculum design, Eastern pedagogical tradition 'Upaya' and the Principles of nonsense and the absurd Parvatam Venkata Ramana Ramana teaches in the Animation Department at Srishti, and has over 12 years of work experience in various genres of animation.