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Chitra Merchant - Featured Artist
Plum Chutney is delighted to introduce its new featured artist, Bristol based, Chitra Merchant. Chitra was born in India and art and design studies brought her to the UK in the early 90's. Her striking artwork is the result of an ongoing experimentation with multiple processes like screen print, mono print, hand drawn and digitally manipulated marks. Much of Chitra's work draws on her Indian upbringing. This is reflected in her use of colour as a metaphor to examine the relationships between people and landscape. Her work also seeks to examine the roles and expectations that are ascribed to women.
Ex-advertising professional Vineeta loves all things art and her decoupaged trays, boxes, mirrors, wall art and more are her creative canvas. For her the most exciting thing about designing products is that she creates what she would personally love to buy for her home. Her camera travels with her wherever she goes and Rajasthan and Bombay are places which are very special to her, as is evident in her collections. Each of her pieces are handmade and imperfections if any lend them character and uniqueness. Plum Chutney has recently launched a selection of Vineeta's trays and will soon be stocking some of her lovely hand made boxes too.
Isabelle and Pascal
Isabelle Thevenet and Pascal Lys studied Art in France. Having travelled widely since, from America to Africa, Asia to Caraibe, they settled in Pondicherry India in 2002. During their travels Isabelle developed an interest in traditional materials and design styles; interpreting them in a personal and contemporary way through her various creations. In 2005, Isabelle and Pascal set up Pondymania - a family run company designing and producing handcrafted lights and lighting accessories. Their designer lamps are a unique blend of traditional/natural motifs and contemporary silhouettes. Strong proponents of sustainable design the designer duo source most materials locally and hand craft each lamp personally in their workshop. All lamps in Plum Chutney's launch collection have been designed and produced by Isabelle and Pascal.
Vaishali specialized in textile design at the National Institute of Design, the most prestigious school of design in India. After some years of experience with export oriented design houses, in India, Vaishali set up her own studio in Delhi in 1997. Widely traveled and with a finger on the pulse of international trends in design – Vaishali heads a small but cutting edge team of designers - designing primarily for the international home furnishings market. In 2009 Vaishali launched her own label with a new line of designer cushions. Plum Chutney’s launch collection includes Vaishali’s 2010 Florals range, a patchwork range and a recent line inspired by Indian images and illustrations.
Nidhika is a creative entrepreneur with her own film production company in Bombay, India. Nidhika is also a keen photographer and amateur digital artist. She masterfully juggles demands of her business with freelance projects designing jewelery, brand logos and home accessories. Nidhika has a simple but graphic approach to design. Nidhika has designed the Rickshaw, Haathgadi and Lotus ranges for Plum Chutney’s launch collection of cushions.
Laurence is a French Swiss designer-creator. She has a diploma from 'The School of Theatre Set Painters’ of Geneva. When Swiss precision penetrates Indian baroque, traditions and fashions spin in new directions. She likes to combine a wealth of material in challenging new ways. She lives in Auroville (South India) with her family and runs Veedoo Doll atelier - designing cushions, bags, pouches, prints, clocks, T-shirts etc. She also works as interior designer for the Montreux Jazz festival in Switzerland and for other events. Laurence has designed the maharaja range of cushions for Plum Chutney’s launch collection.
Satyadheer was Plum Chutney's featured artist for the Christmas Collection 2010. Satyadheer creates his own world through Art. A world of fantasy reached by travelling through the alleyways of the real world. Satyadheer picks up on the ambitions and concerns of a common man in modern India as a theme of his paintings. You can find a unique range of black and white cushions named after the artist, reproducing two of his original artworks on fabric with his signature embroidered in silk thread here.
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