Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Child Art - Flower Pot Painting

Paper flowers made by Tejal

My little daughter Tejal got a birthday gift which was a kit for making paper flowers and had a white flower pot. She just loved the gift as she likes art and craft activities. She made the paper flowers completely on her own, without my help. You can see the picture of the flowers in the white pot. 

Later, she wanted to paint the white pot and I helped her by guiding her how to use acrylic colours on the pot. Rest, she painted on her own. Here are the pictures of what she created out of the white flower pot. 

Child art - flower pot painting

Flower pot painted by Tejal

Friday, February 07, 2014

Visit to Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar 2014 at Kalakshetra, Chennai

 Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar 2014 at Kalakshetra, Chennai 
A Visit to Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar 2014 at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, was suddenly planned when I was in NIFT, like any other working day, on 27th Jan 2014. As it was planned for the same day of the visit, I cold not carry my camera and just took a few photographs from my mobile camera.  Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar 2014was organised from 24th January to 2nd February, 214. Students and faculty at NIFT seemed to be very interested in visiting the exhibition so I also went along with them to see what kind of exhibition it was. Moreover, I am always interested to go and explore new places and visit places and exhibitions related to art and craft. 

Carpet seller at  Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar 2014, Chennai 
This exhibition is organised by Dastkari Haat Samiti showcasing and selling different types of crafts products. This exhibition reminded me of Surajkund Crafts Mela about which I have already posted on my blog with photographs and it is a much bigger crafts bazaar and older. However, it was good to see that such exhibitions are happening in Chennai and craftsmen from all over India participating. It had products ranging from fabrics, apparel carpets, to ceramic, glass, metal, terracotta, jewellery, bags, etc. along with food counter and a stage where live folk dance performance was going on. 
A view of  Dastkari Haat Crafts Bazaar 2014, Chennai 
For the next time, I would like to go and spend more time there and also go with my camera. I can see more photos posted on the Facebook page of Dastakri Haat Samiti for 2014 exhibition, so you can go and check out more. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Eight Years of Blogging and 'Seema's Corner'

It has been eight years of blogging for me. I created this blog in January 2006 and wrote some random posts, shared some things about my life, events, thoughts, dreams, wishes and introspection. It was not on any one specific subject, but it was about some things in my world. That is why I called it 'Seema's Corner" I still write once in a while. Sometimes, the posts have been regular and frequent, at other times, less frequent. I also started my Hindi Blog named 'मेरी कृति' (Meri Kriti) in February 2006.                                                                                                                                                                                            
Seema's Corner

As years went by, I also created my website. However, I still prefer to use blogger for my blogs, for the simple reason that it is very user-friendly and I like the features that are simple to use without too much of technical know how.

I have already written some posts on my reasons and motivations behind blogging, like in this post One year of blogging... one year of 'Seema's Corner' which I wrote when I completed one year of blogging and later, on completion of five years of blogging, I wrote Five Years of Blogging and 'Seema's Corner'. So I will not repeat the same here.

I would only like to thank you all who still come back once in a while to read my blogs, to all who have come earlier to read, to all who supported me, motivated me or criticised me and taught me new things. Do keep coming back with your feedback, comments and suggestions.
THANK YOU :)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pongal Celebrations at NIFT Chennai


Decoration in progress for Pongal celebrations at NIFT, Chennai
It is good to see students of NIFT, Chennai, actively participating in all kind of functions and cultural activities being organised in the campus. Pongal was one such celebration where the students, faculty and staff participated in Indian ethnic attire, mostly is traditional south Indian ethnic attire. The dress code for the occasion was South Indian Traditional Clothes – Veshti and Shirt / Kurta for men; Paavadai and Daavani/ Saree for women.
Pongal celebrations at NIFT, Chennai
Pongal is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamil people in the month of January. Magh BihuPongal, Lohri, Makar SankrantiUttarayana, Khichdi are some of the other festivals that celebrated across India at the same time, either on 14th January or one one of more days between 13th to 16th January.
Bharat Natyam performance by Fashion Design student
The programme included performance of Bharat Natyam, Group Dance, Folk Dance, Design Competition, and Debate. Everyone was served Pongal for eating.

Folk Dance performance
Group Dance performance by the winners of Zonal Indiafest
Lighting the Diyas
Students in Indian Ethnicwear
Happy Pongal
A lot of efforts from the side of the coordinators for student development activities and the support of the management and staff. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Republic Day 2014 Celebrations at NIFT, Chennai

Indian Republic Day is a special day for me, not only because it is the Republic Day but also because it my daughter's birthday. She is always excited about her birthday, like all children are. So when I have to go to the institute to be a part of the flag hoisting and also prepare for her birthday celebration the same day, it becomes hectic. However, I actively participate in both.

This year I went to attend the flag hoisting function at 8:00am at NIFT, Chennai. I was glad I went as I was was mesmerised by the musical performances of the students. It is always good to see talented youngsters perform.

Flag hoisting at NIFT, Chennai

Flag hoisting at NIFT, Chennai

Address by Director, NIFT, Chennai

Song by a Design student of NIFT

Vande Mataram song by students

Friday, January 24, 2014

“Reflections 2014”, International Conference on Fashion, Retail and Management (ICFRM) at NIFT, Hyderabad

My visit to NIFT, Hyderabad was to present my research paper titled “Colour and Clothing for Patients and Well-Being" at “Reflections 2014”, International Conference on Fashion, Retail and Management (ICFRM) which was organised by National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Hyderabad, from 9th to 11th January 2014 at Hyderabad.

Floral decoration at NIFT, Hyderabad campus
NIFT, Hyderabad campus
The venue of the Conference was the welcoming campus of NIFT, Hyderabad. My visit was self-sponsored and I attended the Conference on 10th and 11th January 2014. Participants came from different NIFT centers and from outside NIFT as well and presented papers in different tracks like Marketing; Production of Fashion, Lifestyle and Accessory Products; Consumer Behaviour; Sustainability; Retail; Fashion and Interdisciplinary.
Reflections 2014 - A session in progress
Reflections 2014 - 10th January 2014, NIFT, Hyderabad
I was invited to Co-Chair the presentations on ‘Sustainability’ track and it was good to get a certificate and memento for the same. 
Memento
I presented my paper on 11th January 2014 under the track “Fashion and Interdisciplinary”. My paper titled “Colour and Clothing for Patients and Well-Being" was well received as an “interesting topic” for research and was encouraged to continue research on this topic. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, my paper explores psychological and physiological impact of colours on patients, and the relationship between colour, clothing and well-being. More about my paper in another post to come.       
   
Selected papers have published in ISBN numbered Conference Proceedings. My paper was the only paper to be published under “Design” heading.  
Reflections 2014 - Conference Proceedings Publication
Colour and Clothing for Patients and Well-Being by Seema Kumar
Valedictory session and awarding of certificates took place on 11th evening. Though the brief tenure of the visit, which included overnight onward journey by train and return by bus, made the trip tiring, overall it was a good experience. 
Reflections 2014 - Valedictory Session 
It was a short trip, but I visited Shilparam, which is an arts, crafts and cultural village at Hyderabad located near NIFT. It is a nice place to visit, see the landscaping and also shop for traditional Indian crafts  and clothes. 
At Shilparamam, Hyderabad
At Shilparamam, Hyderabad

At Shilparamam, Hyderabad

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year 2014


Happy New Year 2014

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — Mother Teresa

Wish you all a very happy New Year 2014! May this year your choicest dreams come true. May joy, happiness, hope and peace lead our world in this year. Like every year, we start this new year with many new thoughts, wishes, dreams and resolutions. May all these be fulfilled for our betterment this year :)
At midnight - to welcome 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Good Bye 2013



It will not be an exaggeration if I say that the year 2013 has been life-changing for me and my family. I moved out of a city where I have been settled for more than a decade for a completely new city, a local language completely unknown to me; quit a job where I had been for half a decade to join my alma mater NIFT (same parent Institute but a different Center) as Associate Professor. My husband got transferred to the same city and my daughter changed school. It has just been a few months that we moved to a rented apartment here, so kind of still in the process for fully settling down, exploring and getting used to the new city. A lot more remains to be explored. My last few posts on this blog have been about my life in this city.

This new year 2014 will begin in a new city for us, working in our new offices (no holiday). I wish everyone a year full of happiness, love, laughter, joy, peace and prosperity. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Great Story-telling Clues by Filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Video)

While looking for inspirational videos for writers, I came across this page 13 Inspirational TED Talks for Writers. Wanted to share a video which I watched here. It is a talk by filmmaker Andrew StantonAs Wikipedia describes him:
Andrew Stanton (born December 3, 1965) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor based at Pixar Animation Studios. His film work includes writing and directing Pixar's A Bug's Life (as co-director), Finding Nemo and WALL-E, and his first live-action film, John Carter. He also co-wrote every film of the Toy Story franchise and Monsters, Inc..
I found it a great talk in a very simple manner. I enjoyed watching WALL-E. I have watched Finding Nemo innumerable times with my little daughter who was first shown this movie by Ashish. She just loved it and used to watch it again and again since her pre-school days, not to mention that I loved watching it, too. When I saw the video caption, I wanted to find out what makes such a great story-teller, and I was not disappointed. Watch it for yourself if you are interested in story-telling or writing.

The video is embedded below and details about the video that are mentioned in the post are:
3. Andrew Stanton: The Clues to a Great Story
Filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, WALL-E) shares what he knows about storytelling — starting at the end and working back to the beginning.



Thursday, November 14, 2013

Child Art - Painting on White Board

Eight year old's painting on white board

What do you feel when you look at this painting ? What style will an art critic categorise this in ? What is the medium ? Don't worry, I am not going to ask these questions or answer these questions. Just wanted to share a painting done by an eight year old girl, my little daughter.

This is a painting which she made on white board using paint and paintbrushes. Sometimes, she gets into the mood of painting and just creates something on her white-board, not on paper. I click some photographs and keep. I have given her drawing sheets and notebooks, but I things she prefers her white-board as a canvas and then wipes it clean after a day or two. her first canvas was the wall of our living room where she had started scribbling and drawing when she was one. Then we had bought a white board for her, to write on to learn alphabets and spellings, and of course to draw and scribble as much as she wanted.

My last two posts also showcased child art, some creations of my eight year old daughter, play dough / clay creations (flowers, burger, candle) and a multicolour caterpillar. Very often, child art can be quite fascinating as well as inspiring for us adults.