Happy Easter

It’s one of my favourite holidays of the year. It’s Easter! And in my family we do all those traditional things that I look forward to and have been doing year after year. The morning starts with Mass after which comes the milling around the church compound greeting everyone with Easter day goodness. We all head home where we crank out the elaborate breakfast and the house is full of relatives and loved ones talking and eating. I love this day also because of it’s special preparations – The Eggs! I cannot imagine anyone who hasn’t had a fun time making little easter eggs. When I was a kid, my mom, my sister and me would read through our Childcraft books and spend the day boiling, painting and cutting up paper ears and whiskers to convert eggs into silly bunny faces. Then there’s the chocolate. People coming over to our house would, to my immense pleasure, bring chocolate eggs and I used to sit and count how many and how big each one was.

Easter is a lot of fun. It’s a Sunday which is always a good day to get together and celebrate. So, on behalf of Design/6 I wish each and everyone of you a Happy Easter. Paint an egg, eat some chocolate and draw bunny faces on your friends (that one I just made up, ’tis not an Easter tradition :P) And hope you all have a wonderful day!

Cheers!

Jemma Jose

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Another Day in Paradise

That music inspires art is no news. And this post is an expression of the same. We generally tend to associate a place, a memory, a smell, a visual or a person to the music we listen to. So every now and then when we stumble across our favorite songs, we think about the association with it. Music is like a portal. It completely transports us to a different time.

Phil Collin’s gem ‘Another Day in Paradise’ is one of my all-time favorite songs. I can never get bored of it. The image you see above is a visual that I picture in my head whenever I listen to the song. Finally, I thought of giving the visual a life. I plan to print the above and put it up on my wall as an ode to ‘Another Day in Paradise’.

(On a another note, when I was like 4-5 years old I use to imagine days as caps/hats, like for example Monday was a white cap with irregular black blotches on it. Maybe my next post can be about the 7 Caps.)

Linocut goodness

There is something about doing art the traditional way. A certain romance about it that feels much more satisfying than sitting with a mouse/tablet and staring at a screen. So when I got a chance to try my hand at linocut illustrations as a part of a workshop at RGB 2011, NID’s annual cultural-cum-design festival, I jumped at the opportunity.The workshop was being taken by an ex-NIDian, an animation faculty, Priyankar Gupta (http://priyankargupta.blogspot.com).

It really is quite simple, though it makes you sweat for the results. Many of us first-timers also ended up with minor cuts on our fingers as a result. After getting to see our first prints though, it all seemed worth it. Linocut actually, is an old printmaking technique, used in the days when multiple images had to be produced and no offset printers were available at every nook and corner. Continue reading “Linocut goodness”