Folk art is created by ordinary people who use available material around them and with a little bit of creativity turn everyday things into beautiful works of art. You can see folk art such as embroidered clothing and textile patterns, home decoration, and body ornamentation, in almost every culture. The folk art forms are not meant specifically for exhibition, but to be seen and used by everyone as a part of everyday life.
There are many examples of folk art in India-the richly embroidered and dyed clothing, the intricate silver and gold, handmade jewelry, earthenware, tapestry work, basketry, rangoli (floor art), and mehandi (henna). Designs, method, and names can vary from region to region. Designs are stylized and derived from nature, myths, animals and religious stories.
Mehandi or henna is a form of body decoration, done on the hands and feet with henna extract. Henna is a plant known for the reddish color of its extract, often used in hair coloring, For mehandi, the leaves are ground into a fine powder, which is then made into a paste and piped on to the palms, hands, feet in delicate patterns, much like cake decorating.
This paste is left to dry anywhere between 15 minutes to 4 hours, then scraped away, leaving a patterned stains behind. These stains lasts approximately a week on the skin, then fade away. Traditionally, people apply henna at weddings and other special ceremonies.
Rangoli is an art in which people create intricate designs on the floors of houses and temples and in entryways to bring good luck, peace, prosperity, and happiness into the home. Rangoli is executed freehand by applying colors (powdered rice, white limestone, chalk or flour) in a dry form or as a paste.
My art reflects a combination of my knowledge of folk art, photography and graphic design. My ethnic background is evident in the colors, stylized designs, and themes in my work. The folk arts of India were passed down to me from my grandmother, mother and other relatives when I was a child.
I have taught art to all different age levels from Kindergarten to seniors. I teach art, do demonstrations, teach workshops and conduct residencies based on Indian art, culture, and folk art across the midwest.
My lesson plans are based on ethnic Indian art and can be molded according to the needs of the classroom students and the teacher. Art demonstrations and workshops can last from one hour to a whole day. Residencies can last from one week to several months.
Art work as individual art piece. Every design is unique and paintedwith acrylic paints. Designs have their on charm from folk art of Rangoli and Henna from India. Some of the designs have symbolic meaning. Designs are stylized and changes according to the spiritual and imagination of the artist.