Tripping on Indian Creativity #1

At Engrave, we worship this ability to create and recreate in India day in and day out and have decided to pay tribute to the artisans and craftspeople that practice this by undertaking a fortnightly pilgrimage to six (6) of the most creative places in Indian arts and crafts on the internet and share our discoveries with you.

Roughly speaking, dictionary dot com defines creativity as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships or the like and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations using the power of imagination.

At Engrave, we worship this ability to create and recreate in India day in and day out and have decided to pay tribute to the artisans and craftspeople that practice this by undertaking a fortnightly pilgrimage to six (6) of the most creative places in Indian arts and crafts on the internet and share our discoveries with you.

The idea of this trip is to introduce you to India’s best of what’s out there and inspire you to do the best you can to be more creative, for creativity is a quality the world can do with a lot more of. And on that note, welcome to this week’s six (6) most creative finds in arts and crafts in India on the internet.

1. Wood Finish using Acrylic Paints

by Venkat Arts Chidipi

If you like the look of wood in an arch, check out the fine art of Venkat who possesses the amazing ability to make a cement arch look like its made of wood!

2. Paper Quilled Portrait

by Ritu Gera

Quilling is a delicate, painstaking, and demanding art and skill. And so is creativity. It needs to be appreciated, celebrated, and widely seen. Take a closer look at this intricate paper quilled portrait by Ritu Gera to see what we mean.

3. 3-D Wall Art

by Ritesh Yadav

Explore the art of making your walls at home come alive like never before with the power and beauty of 3D Paintings by Ritesh Yadav.

4. Papercut Art

by Parth Kothekar

Art that’s a cut above the ordinary is the simplest way to describe this most intricate craft practiced to near perfection by Parth Kothekar in his take on Papercut Art. Take it in here.

5. 3-D Spider – Anamorphic Illusion

by Mahesh Pendam

Drawing (even more than words) don’t come all that easy to the most of us. That said, the talented Mr Mahesh Pendam demonstrates how it may not be as difficult as it looks in this short video on how to draw nothing less than a spider in 3D in this mind-blowing example of anamorphic illusion or trick art. Note: Not recommended for those who suffer from arachnophobia or a general fear of creepy-crawlies.

6. Family Portrait using Colour Pencils

by Aji Kumar

The things you can do with not much more than a simple set of colour pencils are anything but child’s play. For instance, rich family portraits like so by the very talented and hardworking Aji Kumar.

Update: We have compiled the entire series of blog posts on Tripping on Indian Creativity in one place. To read other editions of the series, click here.

Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.

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