Out of the Frame






A diverse collection of my work that portrays the complex and multivalent culture throughout India, telling a story of not one, but many India’s. Through a language which manages to bring different worlds and cultures together harmoniously, it’s the perfect balance between tradition and modernity.

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Rangoli is a Sanskrit word which means a creative expression of art through the use of colours. In ancient India, Rangolis were used to decorate the entrances of homes, a floor painting which provided a warm and colourful welcome to visitors. In Indian cultures, all guests and visitors occupy a very special place, and a Rangoli is an expression of warm hospitality.

This art can be seen predominantly in the Maharashtra state and Gujarat state of India on all religious occasions and particularly during the “Deepawali” or “Diwali” as popularly known as “Festival of Lights” which falls during October – November. Rangolis are made to welcome “Laxmi”, the Goddess of wealth. It is also seen during the Tamil month of Maarkazh in Tamil Nadu state of India.

In ancient times, Rangolis were actual decorations, made on the entrances and walls of houses to brighten up and add colour to occasions being celebrated; like weddings, births and significant religious days. They also signified a warm welcome for visitors. In fact in Maharashtra state Indian housewives make them each morning. The designs would be simple and geometrical but could invoke symbolic forms. 



A technique of wax-resit dying applied to the whole cloth, this technique originated from Indonesia. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting or by painting the resist with a cooper stamp call a cap. The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artist to colour selectively by soaking the cloth in one colour, removing wax with boiling water and repeating it as desired.

I use batik techniques mainly to work on culture pictures depicting village life in India. This is one of the techniques which takes a long process to obtain the final result as there are so many layers to this art form and has to be done systematically. Bright colours play a vital role in my batik work.


Hand Made Dolls


Indian people have a very special affection for dolls. Traditionally dolls were given as wedding presents to the child bride. Each region is known for its particular doll reflecting the distinctive nature of the area. from early times various materials have been used to make toys and dolls. The oldest dolls date back 5000 years ago from Indus Valley.

My collection of traditional Indian dolls were created using the skills from my Indian upbringing. Each doll represents a typical male of female character and was created for either specific religious occasion. The exhibited dolls are a small selections which are from different states of India. Each doll is unique because they are made completely by hand. the dolls have different colours to represent the different states.



India is renowned for its intricate and detailed hand embroidery. Filigree is delicate ornamental work made from gold, silver or other fine twisted wire. I have used filigree on textiles using various types of materials such as tissue, voile and fine chiffon.

Filigree is a delicate embezzlement in which fine pliable threads of precious metal are twisted into design. I am very passionate about filigree work and I enjoy working with gold and silver strands incorporating beads and sequins to create contemporary designs.

This technique is traditionally used to embellish traditional bridal gowns, taking the maker months to produce a single metre of decorated fabric. It is both time-consuming and difficult to master, as the strands are metallic and the finished garment has considerable weight.



Wooden Blocks


Woodblock printing is the process of printing patterns on textiles, usually linen, cotton or silk, using carved wooden blocks. It is the earliest and simplest of all textiles printing. Block printing by hand is a slow process, dating back to the 1850’s in Thailand, China and India. Traditionally, young men in Gujarat worked in village workshops mastering the craft of carving the blocks, printing them onto fabrics, before dyeing them.

I started my collection of wooden blocks in Gujarat, India, when I visited the small village of Bhuj on an educational trip. I use the techniques in my educational programmes with communities and schools across the UK and abroad.




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