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This composition is inspired by nature and is a combination of textures and images. The artisans' villages are situated in the middle of a forest and most of their paintings are their renditions of their surroundings.

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W : 10.5 Inches H : 10.5 Inches


Gond painting is done by the indigenous tribes of Madhya Pradesh called Gonds. Derived from a dravidian idiom 'Kond' meaning green mountains, this tribe is known to date back to the Gondwana times. In fact, even today there are huge similarities between Gond and Australian Aboriginal paintings. Inspired by their environment and their beliefs, nature and local Gods and Goddesses form the crux of the art form. The very signature of Gond (and of each Gond artisan) comes from the detailed design that covers the surface of the painting. 


The above product is part of the series that was developed during the fellowship project titled - “Narrative Ceramics: DICRC-IIID Ahmedabad Fellowship 2014”. The project outcomes were the merger of two distinctive craft practices - Contemporary Ceramics Practice from Scotland and traditional Gond art from Madhya Pradesh. The intention of this fellowship was to combine these two crafts to create a unique range of products that will be applicable for use in interior & exterior spaces. Highly experimental in nature, the project clubbed the designer’s expertise in ceramic with the artisans’ indigenous knowledge of Gond tradition. 


Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC), CEPT University is the main organiser of this fellowship. Institute of Indian Interior  Designers, Ahmedabad Regional Chapter (IIID,Ahmedabad) provided a grant towards Research & Education leading to the Fellowship and hence acts as the supporter and promoter for this fellowship. CraftCanvas played the role of crafts faciliator helping their Gond artisans Kaushal Prasad Tekam, Sambhav Shyam, and Kalabai Shyam communicate with David Gray, ceramic designer from Scotland translate Gond onto a wholly different medium. Clay Club was the material and technical support body that helped with the challenges of maintaining the essence of the craft and not losing the finesse and vibrancy of the art form. 


The project extended to more than the tile compositions. We made jaalis that used the Gond structure but had the flexibility to be transformed into huge installations without loss in form and design. The icing on the cake was of course the mural that overwhelms the dark grey landscape of the Indian Institute of Managment, Ahmedabad. Made piece by piece, the mural symbolizes the vision of Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE), IIM Ahmedabad.

W : 10.5 Inches H : 10.5 Inches

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