Kavita started her creative journey in 1996 after completing a degree in Architecture. After training and working for over a decade, her passion for design started gravitating towards other related fields. In 2013 she took a photography course in Singapore and it sparked a series of creative explorations in terms of branding and visual content for her. As she moved further into it she realized that there were many other design avenues to express creativity besides Architectural Design. In 2016 she took a Publication class on how to design a magazine and her creative journey took a new direction. I spoke to her about her creative passions, processes and inspirations.
Design is my passion. To push an idea as forward as possible and the process of translating concepts into images is what makes it a very fulfilling and rewarding experience as a designer.A reinterpretation from cultures around the world and weaving elements together in a style that uniquely represents the concept of my ideas is my specialisation. Due to various moves between continents every few years and the exposure to global cultures, yet being firmly rooted with my Asian values, I have grown to enjoy the best of both worlds and it is reflected in my work.
Creativity is all about connecting things. The goal of any creative professional should be to listen, observe and understand. The creative process starts with the sketch of an idea of what the final outcome for a given design task should be or is believed to be. Creativity flows through various processes and channels in order for it to be a refined solution to a design problem. I need to go through the length and breadth of an idea and research it on a few different planes. This kind of a routine takes time and effort, but yields the desired results.
I look for inspiration in nature and naturally found materials such as stone. Colours, patterns, textures, natural fibres and weaves are all sources of inspiration for me. The works of Rabindranath Tagore and his portrayal of human emotions, movies by Zhang Yimou and the manner in which he uses the colour red and engraves time in his work resonate with me.
An old metal painted red colored postal box caught my eye in the heritage area of Bukit Pasoh Road in Singapore. It was then made the subject to depict the different routes one takes to deliver a certain piece of information. Thus the name Road Map."
Along the lines of a pop art poster this artwork depicts my design philosophy aptly - Combining an ancient Balinese door with new modern pop colors.
A Painted Dream
This artwork combines the exploration of Art and Architectural photography. The result is a painted dream. The arches reference fort architecture in Jaipur, India and the other half is a hand-painted saree. The sari border design also references architectural styles in Jaipur, thus making it a theme for a book cover for heritage stories.
Kavita's work can be viewed on her website.