Pictorymag, one of my favourites, is a showcase for people around the world to document their lives and cultures. They published this photo-story feature called ‘Handmade’ in collaboration with Etsy.com which provides and insight into dying arts in the wake of industrialization.
The Krishnapuram Colony, in Madurai, Tamilnadu, India, was established in the 1950s as a Gandhian living and working center for hand weavers. Though the neighborhood has lost much of this original character, many houses do remain occupied by weavers. This family, consisting of two generations of weavers, makes fine silk saris.
While trekking across the hills of Vietnam, I found a small village in a valley of blossoming plum trees. I discovered the Flower Hmong people who, until recently, still hand-crafted every bit of their own clothing. Hmong textile art is still the predominant work of the community, and encompasses everything from making fabric to sewing clothes. Their signature style includes hand-embroidery of bold geometric designs in bright beautiful colors, and uses pattern to narrate folklore from Hmong history.
Rupinder Singh is a passionate graphic designer from India. He graduated in Media Science from NSHM School of Media and Communication with specialization in Advertisement and Public Relations. Rupinder works freelance and runs a design blog 365 Concepts where he shares his latest projects and inspirations.
My interest in graphic designing began back in my childhood days, when I was fascinated by the amazing world of design. I used to check magazine covers, movie posters and print advertisements and always wondered how they came up with such interesting ideas and designs. Doodling and drawing were always in my list of hobbies. One of my earliest rendezvous with art and design was at the age of 5, when I was awarded by the certificate of merit in ‘All-India Camel Colouring Contest, 1992’.
Along the way I realized that graphic designing is the most effective and powerful way of expressing ideas, thoughts and views.