An online course on Domestika's platform showcasing my paper cutting work and featuring how to make a theatre book.
A theatre book portraying a visual journey back to the land of my ancestors through the stories and myths that they brought with them during exile and so gracefully transmitted to us.
An illustrated recount of memories about my maternal grandmother, Nani's life, through the historical background of the Sindhi exile, her settling down in Ghana and how she transformed into a magical almost mythical character in her grandchildren's lives when she became a widow.
Through my years as an artist I have used the sketchbook as a tool for my creative process. Upon founding L'École de Papier, I formalised this process into a method I teach in workshops. The concept is simple: choose a sketchbook, define a project and allow it to grow inside!
L'École de Papier is a pedagogical project; a moveable school for creative workshops focused on traditional paper arts as well as the creative process. It is also a space for researching and practising ancient techniques and narrative formats before sharing them with others.
Using my paper cutting skills, I was commissioned to design the Christmas windows for the 2 boutiques of Jamini in Paris. The design was inspired by an oriental festive caravan riding through the desert of Rajahstan.
This collection of paper cuts are illustrations of the Inuit folktale Kakuarshuk, recompiled in Angela Carter's marvellous collection of fairy tales. The story describes a time when, supposedly, babies grew underground and women had to dig to find their own.
This little illustrated manual describes my method for housing a project inside a sketchbook.
The images for This Body is Human · written by Grassa Toro and published by Biblioteca La Cala · were made by layering paper cut silhouettes, illuminated by hand, and then embroidered.
During the 1st lock-down in 2020, I reconnected to a creative source that wanted to be heard for a long time. I picked up my pair of scissors & some delicious asian natural fibre paper. These wild women entangled with mythology & symbolism kept appearing; and then began to grow.
In 1996, in my first weeks at Central Saint Martins studying a Foundation in Art & Design, I make this paper cut accordion alphabet book in an afternoon. It's one of the few pieces I have truly cherished since then; and turn back to it often as a reference.
I begin with a pair of hands, scissors, & a sheet of paper. The act of cutting links this action to ancestral playing. The creation of a silhouette transforms the object completely. Metamorphosis. A rectangle turns into a three-legged and five-headed being. Work in progress.
Making the book Las Visitas de Nani was a long process. Even after the two years I spent researching & collecting information, I still needed to allow myself to tell the story. I went to an artist residence, where I made a mural working through our family's collective memory.
This book is a silk-screen edition publication of my own version of Kipling's Jungle Book accompanied by some of his original songs. I had started the project in 2012, put it aside & picked it up again when I adopted my son Rai. The whole project then took on a different meaning.
Unlock your creativity with illustration techniques to record and develop your creative process for artistic projects A sketchbook is a fundamental tool in any creative process. It provides a free space for experimenting, playing, and most importantly, making mistakes.
This course on Domestika works an entire children's paper cut picture book inside a sketchbook before extracting it out into the world in the form of a maquette.