Monday, March 18, 2013


Culture # religion # art # photography # expression

I hash-tag as the new trend picked up on instagram and twitter. It was the most common symbol used in 2012 year. These juxtaposed images created by photographer Jagrut Raval synthesize two religions. Hindu priest+Muslim Dargah, Man performing namaaz+Hindu Temple, Church+Temple. I like the new sepia old style colors that emerge.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

tri colour?

as i glance through my regular updates at the net-a-porter, i scroll down through various products and this caught my eye. WHY? the play of color. The MOST important thing that one notices before buying or even looking at a product. At a closer glance, the nude peach looks a little too much. But i like it anyway. ! :)
marc jacobs is a master in true sense.

Friday, January 25, 2013

It doesnt happen everyday

It does not happen everyday, that one finds a new emerging designer taking risks. Its difficult and can take you nowhere soemtimes. But this Dutch young damsel, Iris Van Herpen decided to take one. I call her the Varun Sardana or subtle Manish Arora of Amsterdam. In the damp, cold , over cast skies of this little Dutch land, she sits in her studio and makes one of a kind pieces. Sculpted bodies with intricate details and excellent finishing. Notice the choice of nude colors to bring out light through the thin edges and overlapping material. They remind of creative pattern making classes at fashion schools or a kid’s craft origami class. Naive, yet knife like sharp. I personally like the white tubular banana like structural dress, which creates an illusionistic effect. Check out these images to pick your favorite.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lacquer hanger

I like this Lacquer hanger, because of its modern sturdy wood and intricate delicate lac design curves. Hand made in the village of Kutch, its works best for your wardrobe or studio.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Boo Boo print!

The Japanese artist Katsuji Wakisaka created this exciting kids Boo Boo print for Marimekko in 1975 and it was an instant hit! I love the colours of the cars and trucks. Take a look at the cutlery and bib!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A myriad possibilities of evolution through a superior race’s perspective(2012)

In this photographic series, he portrays the idea of shifting territories and boundaries, which keep moving from generation to generation. While playing the game of Othello or Reversi, he created and acquire new territories constantly on the 8 x 8 grid of the game board.
‘’I feel like a cartographer appointed by the King to define his land.’’ says Jagrut 

Global-Roti !

An Indian artist based in the western state of Gujarat, Jagrut Raval primarily works with video and photographic mediums.
His heterogeneous art practice has spanned from straight photography to video art with a narrative, which addresses issues of our global world. His work could be seen as a dialogue between the ideological differences of the West and the East and arising political, cultural issues within our contemporary society. Being from a culturally rich and diverse country like India his works respects the eclectic mixes.  Irony, Satire and Parody becomes his tools in expressing the reality of the world we live in.
He is currently based in Savannah, Georgia, USA and continues to explore various global issues.

World map made with Indian bread (roti) (2012)
Edition of 14
Variable sizes
6 C-print photographs installation

Roti is a type of bread made from stoneground whole wheat flour consumed mostly in the Indian Subcontinent. It is also know as Chapati. People generally eat a roti along with a curry called sabzi. The rotis are usually circular in shape.

‘’The versatility of such a food item helped me to create a world map out of it’’, says Jagrut.