Team Team 2018-08-20 09:08:53 Jasdeep Singh Blog post
Navjeet Kaur: I am a painter and a costume designer. I gained my artistic sensibility from the people around me, people who practiced multiple skills, art forms and crafts. Skills ranging from fixing a button to stitching a new garment, artistic sensibility to make a painting, skills like hammering a nail into a wall, to fix a broken leg of an old chair, sharpening a kitchen knife. All these crafts became part of my daily surroundings. Some of these activities I saw, became personal hobbies and some stayed due to their necessity in everyday life.
As a child I had a lot to observe and learn to satisfy my curiosities. I was the favourite help for Furniture making, Organic farming, House construction, Hand embroidery, Painting, Building farming tools and Pottery etc. I observed these crafts as an important part of a life.
Now, it’s so fascinating for me to see artists and artisans, how they accept, adapt and bring change in their crafts and art forms with new technology. I want all types of arts and crafts to flourish in this changing time by bringing the creators in focus.
Gurdeep Dhaliwal: I’m an artist based in Chandigarh. After working for a year, I’ve realized there isn’t much space and funds to be an independent artist here, to work on your own accord. Everybody’s protesting the degrading art, music and films being produced but then who’s ready to invest in something valuable. How can the art, we wish to see, come to life when there’s no money to make it. The simple reason being, producers see no point in investing in such a product which won’t fetch any profits.
So, it’s an effort, a practical one, at collecting stories and works of people who still work with hand and to document the contemporary artists, from there moving on to creating a platform where we can raise money to invest in the arts, to make it more original and critical of its times. During my years in the UK and the travels in Europe, I visited numerous galleries and museums, and felt how important they were to sustain the art in the region and to inspire the art, yet to come, something we lack here.

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