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Suparna Sengupta is a young designer and artist from Kolkata, India. After graduating in Psychology, she completed Diploma courses in Fashion and Textile Design and Computer-aided Fashion Design at the Bhawanipur College, Calcutta. She has participated in a number of fashion shows including the Indian Institute of Technology, and the National Institute of Fashion Technology. She has been nominated and awarded for her innovative creations, and her fashion illustrations have been published in The Asian Age and The Times Of India. More of her artwork can be seen at India Creative.
My textile artworks are mainly inspired from the vividness of nature's wonderful creations of colours, shades, contrasts and its blends, textures and diffusions, as these are found in flowers, butterflies, birds, plants and fishes. When I look at the blue sky with moving clouds, I try to figure out what its contours symbolize, whether it is an object or a subject. As the formation keeps changing, so does my perception. The dazzling sun on the river reminds me to add sparkle to my work. Heavy rain during daytime gives me an illusive effect of translucent layers as the strong wind blows and changes the direction of flow, just like warp and weft; and I feel millions of threads are being woven. I am also triggered to make interesting motifs when I see intricate engravings on stones and pavements.
My design influences are also derived from the fantasy of fairy tales and toys and folk art of different origins inspires me. Alpana, a Bengali folk art is used in my own exclusive designs.
My themes include beautiful inventories of nature, real life uncertainties, women's liberation, illusion and the emotional state of life. A series of waves illustrate turbulence and hope, ups and downs of life in a continuous time scale. Glimpses of Indian folk art refresh the origins of rich culture and heritage. Woman's empowerment now comes into focus after long negligence and confinement inside boundaries. Modern art captures diffused traditional patterns as portrayed by geometrical diversification. Peaceful society enhances the bond of global villages through colourful emotions. The powerful flower spreads the aroma of nature, the true essence of life.
My compositions are significantly different from usual and are either very abstract in creating the concept or so simple that people cannot overlook the inherent construct behind them. Psychology also adds a new dimension to my work. Observers' present state of mood and emotion may change their perception even if they are aware of the real theme. A single piece of artwork may convey one or multiple composed concepts.
I use hand loomed textiles of special types, on which I paint, print, collage with mixed media and finally create my artworks. The transparent layers of tissue and organza create a mystic effect. Opaque layers like pleats and frills also give an interesting texture. The materials used in my work are often cheap and waste materials, normally cut pieces of designed garments, giving a recycling effect.