Krishnaa Shyam

Spreading the word about my Kickstarter

Krishnaa Shyam Sundar

 

On Monday the 16th of October I launched my own set of Limited Edition Scarves through campaign on Kickstarter . This project that has been in the making for about a year now. It The aim was to place myself out of my comfort zone, create designs and launch them. 

Birth of a Story...

The project is called 'Full Circle' and the idea is to support the community or place that inspired my designs, to connect the product with the heart of the inspiration. For this project my inspiration is Chettinad and I’m supporting women artisans from Chettinad by packaging my designer scarves in boxes handwoven by them. 

Having visiting Chettinad and experienced first-hand their fiery traditional cuisine, seen their unique basket weaving, hand-made mosaic arts and crafts, I was deeply inspired to dedicate my next project to them. This idea morphed into a collection of limited edition scarves packaged beautifully in traditional woven boxes.

Palmyra Baskets
Athangudi Tiles

Idea sketching

I started to browse all the photos and videos I took of Chettinad and realised that their Mosaics, Basket Weaving and Spices stood out to me! The next step was to sketch my ideas...!

Garlic and saffron flower
Mosaics from Athangudi

The designs manifested themselves into patterns for my scarves and I truly believe that they reverberate the spirit of Chettinad!

Mosaic Eggplant Purple

Mosaic Eggplant Purple

Take a look at my campaign and leave a comment and spread the word! The project runs for a month so it's till the 15th of November.

Feel free to email me for any projects!

Inspiration...where do you find yours?

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It just so happened that over the last few weeks i have been contemplating inspiration and where I get mine from. 

I began a new project a few weeks ago for a client who indicated that he wanted optic illusion like MC Escher but an organic flowing quality like Matisse! It was a bit of a challenge for me. I was happy though as I find both these artists extremely inspiring. One of the ideas I cam up with was this...

It later took on a form that became this..

It later took on a form that became this..

Though this wasn't the design that made the cut, it took me back to why I find Matisse and forms so alluring. Even in just black and white the recurring shapes just speak to me. Of freedom, spirit, and joy. It also made me think that there is a optic illusion to it and that led me to Escher's 1938 Woodcut Sky and Water.    

Though this wasn't the design that made the cut, it took me back to why I find Matisse and forms so alluring. Even in just black and white the recurring shapes just speak to me. Of freedom, spirit, and joy. It also made me think that there is a optic illusion to it and that led me to Escher's 1938 Woodcut Sky and Water.

 

 

COPYRIGHT MC Escher 1938 Woodcut Sky and Water Where do you get your inspiration for specific projects? Do you always return to some favourite designer/artist/era? do let me know in the comments ! I'd love to hear about it.  

COPYRIGHT MC Escher 1938 Woodcut Sky and Water

Where do you get your inspiration for specific projects? Do you always return to some favourite designer/artist/era? do let me know in the comments ! I'd love to hear about it.

 

Old work remade

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I love reworking some of my old motifs to breathe new life to them. I create a completely new set of designs with a new colour palette. These designs I've created are from a series of motifs I designed as part of my masters programme back in 2008.

This was when I realised that Surface pattern is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I created products with the motifs by embroidering felt. I'm proud of this work for this was the start of my journey.

let me know if you think a product line can be created with these designs ...will you buy them? I hope so! I can't wait to hear from all of you!

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Love packaging

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Not only are my scarves important but I'm constantly trying to improve my packaging of them. I think great packaging can make or break a product. I derive so much pleasure in the packaging my scarf for my customer and imagining them opening it layer by layer. For me, the act of opening a well packed gift increases the joy, excitement and makes it so much more special!

I just sent off a gift to a friend and here are some pictures of this process! Tells me about the packaging you love and admire! cant wait to hear your stories!

Love bags?

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Do you love bags? I do! I have since I was 3 years old! I've always carried one and kept a load of pretty things in it. I think it made me feel happy and content. I used to rig up my mother's old bags and make them all fancy and I sometimes even had things in them that people needed! My mother never tires of telling the story about how I had notepads and pens in my bag that I distributed for everyone when a famous athlete came to our family wedding. I was 5 then. The habit of carrying a bag never wore off.

 

This has now turned into a (healthy...) obsession where I am keen to design my own. The perfect tote that I can carry proudly everywhere. If you are like me and carry the whole world in your bag I’d love to hear you “bag stories”!

 

I'll leave you with a few snapshots of a pattern I created out of this obsession as an homage to my favourite designer Mulberry. As I live in Somerset myself I love the pride they take in producing all their bags here in England. In fact, just about an hour away from where I’m typing this post!

Mulberry

A fresh start...

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Exciting news from the desk of Krishnaa Shyam Designs as I embark on the sale of my handmade cashmere, silk and modal scarves printed with my very own designs. It has always been my dream to create products with my designs. Lots of sweat and tears have gone into it and its been a steep learning curve. Visit my shop for more details.

 

Pink mushrooms crepe silk scarf.

Pink mushrooms crepe silk scarf.

Optic fish crepe silk scarf.

Optic fish crepe silk scarf.