Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
       
     
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
       
     
Kamli Devi, 'Kalash' 2016; detail
       
     
Ishan Khosla, 'Construct Deconstruct Construct' 2018
       
     
Ishan Khosla, 'Construct Deconstruct Construct' 2018
       
     
Swapnaa Tamhane, 'Tent: A Space for the Ceremony of Close Readings' 2018
       
     
Swapnaa Tamhane, 'Tent: A Space for the Ceremony of Close Readings' 2018; detail. With K.G. Subramanyan 'Do Hands Have a Chance?" 1986
       
     
Abdul Khalik & Ayush Kasliwal, 'Bhiksa Patra'  2018
       
     
Ramju Ali, 'Kutch Ghadai Series' 2018
       
     
Ramju Ali, 'Kutch Ghadai Series' 2018; detail
       
     
Gousiya Begum & Shazeeda Begum, 'Banana Baskets' 2018
       
     
Jeenath Beevi, 'Pattu Pais' 2018; detail
       
     
Artisan Unknown, 'Sindoora' 2018
       
     
Venkataka Krishna , 'Iyaam Vessels' 2018
       
     
Suraj Prakash Maharana, 'Kansa Vessels' 2018
       
     
Chato Kuotsu, 'Khophi' 2018
       
     
Artisan Unknown, 'Jharu' Jharkand & Nagaland, 2018
       
     
Aman Khanna, 'Mess is More' 2018; detail
       
     
Ayush Kasliwal, 'Wrap Bench' 2013; Meena Devi, 'Hara Bhara Jungle' 2018
       
     
Meena Devi, 'Hara Bhara Jungle' 2018
       
     
Kyoko Inoda & Nils Sveje for Phantom Hands 'Muṅgāru Easy Chair and Sidetable' 2018; Sandeep Sangaru, 'Truss Me Wallscape' 2008
       
     
Heirloom Naga, 'Cushion & Throw' 2018; detail
       
     
Priyanka Shah, 'Adu Huli' 2015
       
     
Pio Coffrant, 'Sabai Grass Stool' 2018; Senthil Kumar & Jaya Kumar 'Athangudi Tiles' 2018
       
     
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
       
     
Rajiben Murji Vankar, 'Chomukh Chatai'  2018; Artisan Unknown 'Kabo-Lu' 2018
       
     
Rajiben Murji Vankar, 'Chomukh Chatai'  2018
       
     
Rooshad Shroff, 'Marble Bulbs' 2015
       
     
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
       
     
Olivia Dar & Sewa Lucknow, 'Moustiquaire' 2018; detail
       
     
Avani, 'Thulma' 2018; detail
       
     
Spandana Gopal & S. Aravind Aranmula, 'Kannadi Series' 2016
       
     
Various Artists; Tara Books, 'Sun and Moon' 2016
       
     
Manasa Prithvi & MD Rauf, 'The Table Collection' Bidri, 2018
       
     
Manasa Prithvi & MD Rauf, 'The Table Collection' Bidri, 2018;  detail
       
     
Artisan Unknown, 'Khaak' Nagaland, 2018
       
     
Yashesh Virkar, 'Lounger' 2013
       
     
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
       
     
Jeenath Beevi
       
     
Mahanadi River, Odisha
       
     
Kansa beating
       
     
Athangudi Tiles
       
     
Chato Kuotsu
       
     
Fish Traps
       
     
Kophis in the Kitchen
       
     
Lunch at Ramjubhai's
       
     
Bamboo Cladding
       
     
Pattamadai Workshop
       
     
Imphal Valley, Manipur
       
     
Pottery Tools
       
     
Kamli Devi
       
     
Kophi
       
     
Tent Trials
       
     
Ramju Ali
       
     
Blockprinting 'Tent'
       
     
Kutch, Gujarat
       
     
Kansa tools & ingots
       
     
Weaver's Goat
       
     
Recyled Sweater Mat | What is craft, design and art piechart
       
     
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
       
     
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique

Curated by Rashmi Varma

Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa 2018

This exhibition venerates the handmade as experienced through objects of utility ranging from recent innovations to ubiquitous objects found in public and private spaces throughout India. Matters of Hand: Craft, Design, and Technique includes objects such as kitchen utensils, storage, furniture, or lighting that are imbued with a thought process, an aesthetic integrity that extend from the karigars/craftspeople/designers/artists/artisans themselves. The objects demonstrate that notions of ‘craft’ move along a continuum threaded into a dynamic past and a fast-approaching future. Whether an object has been in existence for millennia or created in our contemporary time, what is included in this exhibition exemplifies a resistance to the ongoing discourse of modern vs. traditional that pervades handmade design.

The hands, the eyes, the feet, or the movements of the human body are the primary tools of thinking and making that ingeniously transform precious raw materials into objects drawn from the vast Indian landscape. The very essence of these natural, indigenous materials is integral to the design, such as the pliability of katlamara bamboo, the translucency of makrana marble, the sonorous rhythm of kansa bell metal, or the regional clays that transition from earth into burnt terracotta or milk white pottery. Environmental concerns and economic resources are further explored through the use of recycled materials, namely plastic and repurposed furniture that mirror the 21st century. Lost-wax casting, weaving, metal beating, marble carving, block printing, lathe-turning, embroidering or inlaying are some of the techniques employed. Geometry, symmetry, colour, and texture reveal the inherent nature of these elegant forms and announce their presence in an increasingly homogenized world.

Some works included here have been realized through formal working relationships within a two-way system of knowledge-transfer between practitioners and other works made independently in urban and rural environments. A profound respect is shared for traditional modes of techniques and cultural expression; however some works are not driven by these methods and thereby push process and find new expression. Others adhere closer to ideas which have persisted throughout time and space demonstrating refinement and artistry, whist some objects are spontaneously designed from a lack of resources.

Design is a cohesive attitude that applies to cultural, social, economic, and environmental systems that create and define “craft” which in turn inform a way of thinking and living.

Artists: AKFD, Claymen, Avani, Chato Kuosto, Heirloom Naga, Ira Studio, Ishan Khosla, Jeenath Beevi, Kamli Devi, Meena Devi, Olivia Dar, Phantom Hands, Pio Coffrant & JIO Foundation, Rajiben Murji Vankar, Ramju Ali, Rooshad Shroff, Sandeep Sangaru, Senthil Kumar & Jaya Kumar, Shed, SEWA Lucknow, Suraj Prakash Maharana, Swapnaa Tamhane, Salemamad D. Khatri & Muskesh P. Prajapati, Tara Books, The Kishkinda Trust, Tiipoi, Venkataka Krishna, Yasanche, Zilu Kumbhar

Exhibition Design: Reha Sodhi

Exhibition Photography: Philippe Calia

Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
       
     
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
Kamli Devi, 'Kalash' 2016; detail
       
     
Kamli Devi, 'Kalash' 2016; detail
Ishan Khosla, 'Construct Deconstruct Construct' 2018
       
     
Ishan Khosla, 'Construct Deconstruct Construct' 2018
Ishan Khosla, 'Construct Deconstruct Construct' 2018
       
     
Ishan Khosla, 'Construct Deconstruct Construct' 2018
Swapnaa Tamhane, 'Tent: A Space for the Ceremony of Close Readings' 2018
       
     
Swapnaa Tamhane, 'Tent: A Space for the Ceremony of Close Readings' 2018

With: Mukesh P. Prajapti & Salehmamad D. Khatri

Swapnaa Tamhane, 'Tent: A Space for the Ceremony of Close Readings' 2018; detail. With K.G. Subramanyan 'Do Hands Have a Chance?" 1986
       
     
Swapnaa Tamhane, 'Tent: A Space for the Ceremony of Close Readings' 2018; detail. With K.G. Subramanyan 'Do Hands Have a Chance?" 1986
Abdul Khalik & Ayush Kasliwal, 'Bhiksa Patra'  2018
       
     
Abdul Khalik & Ayush Kasliwal, 'Bhiksa Patra' 2018
Ramju Ali, 'Kutch Ghadai Series' 2018
       
     
Ramju Ali, 'Kutch Ghadai Series' 2018

With: Ahmed Ali, Jeena Yakub & Julekha Karim

Ramju Ali, 'Kutch Ghadai Series' 2018; detail
       
     
Ramju Ali, 'Kutch Ghadai Series' 2018; detail
Gousiya Begum & Shazeeda Begum, 'Banana Baskets' 2018
       
     
Gousiya Begum & Shazeeda Begum, 'Banana Baskets' 2018
Jeenath Beevi, 'Pattu Pais' 2018; detail
       
     
Jeenath Beevi, 'Pattu Pais' 2018; detail
Artisan Unknown, 'Sindoora' 2018
       
     
Artisan Unknown, 'Sindoora' 2018



Venkataka Krishna , 'Iyaam Vessels' 2018
       
     
Venkataka Krishna , 'Iyaam Vessels' 2018
Suraj Prakash Maharana, 'Kansa Vessels' 2018
       
     
Suraj Prakash Maharana, 'Kansa Vessels' 2018
Chato Kuotsu, 'Khophi' 2018
       
     
Chato Kuotsu, 'Khophi' 2018
Artisan Unknown, 'Jharu' Jharkand & Nagaland, 2018
       
     
Artisan Unknown, 'Jharu' Jharkand & Nagaland, 2018
Aman Khanna, 'Mess is More' 2018; detail
       
     
Aman Khanna, 'Mess is More' 2018; detail

With: Bhoop Singh, Gyan Chiluvery, Shankar Singh

Ayush Kasliwal, 'Wrap Bench' 2013; Meena Devi, 'Hara Bhara Jungle' 2018
       
     
Ayush Kasliwal, 'Wrap Bench' 2013; Meena Devi, 'Hara Bhara Jungle' 2018
Meena Devi, 'Hara Bhara Jungle' 2018
       
     
Meena Devi, 'Hara Bhara Jungle' 2018
Kyoko Inoda & Nils Sveje for Phantom Hands 'Muṅgāru Easy Chair and Sidetable' 2018; Sandeep Sangaru, 'Truss Me Wallscape' 2008
       
     
Kyoko Inoda & Nils Sveje for Phantom Hands 'Muṅgāru Easy Chair and Sidetable' 2018; Sandeep Sangaru, 'Truss Me Wallscape' 2008
Heirloom Naga, 'Cushion & Throw' 2018; detail
       
     
Heirloom Naga, 'Cushion & Throw' 2018; detail
Priyanka Shah, 'Adu Huli' 2015
       
     
Priyanka Shah, 'Adu Huli' 2015

With: Rajendra Gohil

Pio Coffrant, 'Sabai Grass Stool' 2018; Senthil Kumar & Jaya Kumar 'Athangudi Tiles' 2018
       
     
Pio Coffrant, 'Sabai Grass Stool' 2018; Senthil Kumar & Jaya Kumar 'Athangudi Tiles' 2018

With: Pankaj Saroj, Ranjeeta Dhal

Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
       
     
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
Rajiben Murji Vankar, 'Chomukh Chatai'  2018; Artisan Unknown 'Kabo-Lu' 2018
       
     
Rajiben Murji Vankar, 'Chomukh Chatai' 2018; Artisan Unknown 'Kabo-Lu' 2018
Rajiben Murji Vankar, 'Chomukh Chatai'  2018
       
     
Rajiben Murji Vankar, 'Chomukh Chatai' 2018
Rooshad Shroff, 'Marble Bulbs' 2015
       
     
Rooshad Shroff, 'Marble Bulbs' 2015
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
       
     
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
Olivia Dar & Sewa Lucknow, 'Moustiquaire' 2018; detail
       
     
Olivia Dar & Sewa Lucknow, 'Moustiquaire' 2018; detail

With: Abdul Kuddus, Tinku Ali, Raju Ansari, Sekh Akbar Ali, Asgar Ali, Nasreen Siddiqee, Rukhsar Khan

Avani, 'Thulma' 2018; detail
       
     
Avani, 'Thulma' 2018; detail

With: Malti Devi, Munni, Godavari, Kamla ,Maya, Shobha, Rekha, Prema

Spandana Gopal & S. Aravind Aranmula, 'Kannadi Series' 2016
       
     
Spandana Gopal & S. Aravind Aranmula, 'Kannadi Series' 2016
Various Artists; Tara Books, 'Sun and Moon' 2016
       
     
Various Artists; Tara Books, 'Sun and Moon' 2016


Manasa Prithvi & MD Rauf, 'The Table Collection' Bidri, 2018
       
     
Manasa Prithvi & MD Rauf, 'The Table Collection' Bidri, 2018
Manasa Prithvi & MD Rauf, 'The Table Collection' Bidri, 2018;  detail
       
     
Manasa Prithvi & MD Rauf, 'The Table Collection' Bidri, 2018; detail
Artisan Unknown, 'Khaak' Nagaland, 2018
       
     
Artisan Unknown, 'Khaak' Nagaland, 2018
Yashesh Virkar, 'Lounger' 2013
       
     
Yashesh Virkar, 'Lounger' 2013
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
       
     
Matters of Hand: Craft, Design & Technique
Jeenath Beevi
       
     
Jeenath Beevi
Mahanadi River, Odisha
       
     
Mahanadi River, Odisha
Kansa beating
       
     
Kansa beating
Athangudi Tiles
       
     
Athangudi Tiles
Chato Kuotsu
       
     
Chato Kuotsu
Fish Traps
       
     
Fish Traps
Kophis in the Kitchen
       
     
Kophis in the Kitchen
Lunch at Ramjubhai's
       
     
Lunch at Ramjubhai's
Bamboo Cladding
       
     
Bamboo Cladding
Pattamadai Workshop
       
     
Pattamadai Workshop
Imphal Valley, Manipur
       
     
Imphal Valley, Manipur
Pottery Tools
       
     
Pottery Tools
Kamli Devi
       
     
Kamli Devi
Kophi
       
     
Kophi
Tent Trials
       
     
Tent Trials
Ramju Ali
       
     
Ramju Ali
Blockprinting 'Tent'
       
     
Blockprinting 'Tent'
Kutch, Gujarat
       
     
Kutch, Gujarat
Kansa tools & ingots
       
     
Kansa tools & ingots
Weaver's Goat
       
     
Weaver's Goat
Recyled Sweater Mat | What is craft, design and art piechart
       
     
Recyled Sweater Mat | What is craft, design and art piechart