Lenses or Frames are a crucial element in any design. Through the last few years of TGP we’ve been exploring methodologies & principles of design, thoughts on various domains of design & your journeys through novel concepts & explorations. This year we thought we should pick up one lens through which you can view your design - Designing through the lens of India.
Being a part of a global community means taking in a lot of concepts from the east and west giving rise to a state of constant flux - but what have these trends meant for our cities, people and places? Through this years design track we want to invite speakers to talk about their work through principles, ideologies or (even better) work samples of how they’ve understood an element of our country and designed for it.
We’re throwing out a few ideas to elaborate the type of topics we’d like to encourage this year - Designing for preserving our past / cultural heritage, designing for the evolving needs of rural India, designing urban farming techniques to grow crops more economically, Designing modern housing units (and also in the process defining what it means to be a Modern Indian!), designing a type-face resonating the spirit of urban youth, designing a system of ethics for using mobile apps, designing for local eco-systems, designing a rural education system that allows you to earn while you learn. We’re keen on understanding the challenges you pick up in your work / your practice and through it understand the elements of an Indian context you work with.
Ori-Ga-Me : fold - play - discover
sit down (or run around, we aren’t too keen on decorum)
let paper do all the talking.
let’s touch more than a screen
watch how our bodies react to paper
and find new expressions!
To nurture the practice of using one’s own hands to create.
The kaantha stitch, pottery, wooden toys, madhubani, patwa & warli painting, basket weaving, bandhani, lac, leather work, rangoli- all bound by a common thread; these crafts use the human hands to create. The art thus created is unique and holds within it a story of its creator.
Origami, the art of folding paper, that originated in Japan is practiced world over today and gives millions a fantastic tactile experience. The thrill of creating something with one’s own hands is satisfying and peace giving. How this creation then takes over into a collective and social celebration is something that we explore with this session.
Ori-Ga-Me (the session) is imagined to be a series of hands-on activites that tries to bring to every participant the importance and necessity of bringing in the human touch in our daily lives, punctuated with a talk that narrates the journey of the speaker and her explorations with the art of folding.
loads of enthusiasm, music, plain paper, newspaper, glue, colourful thread, marker pens, light bulbs.
Pooja Ugrani is an architect by education and practice, a teacher by profession, a poet by whim and an artist by choice. Her brain child, Sound of Paper provides services in origami - be it decor embellishments, gift collectibles, paper jewellery or teaching the art to others. She continues to explore patterns and tessellations in space, be it in origami or architecture.