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.
Original stained glass (Tiffany-style) in India by Saarus Nirhali
To classify and re-introduce this European art which is restricted only to the old churches built by the British and Portugese.
How original stained glass was introduced and brought to India by the British and why India has forgotten it with only a few artists practising original stained glass in India. The art has much more to offer other than the prominent Church panels which too are demanding restorations, and are taken off from the Church Windows due to lack of stained glass restoration artists in India.
My objective is to share and spread the way this art is practised, how different it is from the other regular, mundane forms of glass art like, painted, etched glass etc and why one needs to have original stained glass pieces as a must in their home decor needs.
The session will include a demo on glass cutting.
I am Saarus Nirhali - a lawyer, turned stained glass artist. I practise the art of original Tiffany style stained glass (NO glass painting) This is a method where each piece of pre-stained glass is cut and then soldered together with copper, lead and tin. The Tiffany style lampshade is the best and popular example of my style of work.
I have been working with Architects and art students on various projects in stained glass since 2010 and I ship my work around the globe. Teaching this art form is a passion and I have taught about 70 students in the past 5 years. I am known as ‘Glasshopper’ and my glass studio is located in Bangalore.
Here are the links to my work -