November 15, 2013

Guest Post: Imaginative pieces by Mehak Sharma

By Anu Rana

As a blogger of all sorts of creativity, I have to decide what to share and what not to. While it’s a subjective exercise, there is one criteria that never seems to fail in my curation, and that is whether a piece of art surprises or excites and therefore, often can be considered universally interesting.

I stumbled upon the award-winning work of Mehak Sharma, and was intrigued by her imaginative pieces alone—the unique forms and material, but then further surprised to find out she is still a student at the National Institute of Design. So of course, I set out to learn, not only more about the art, but more about the artist.

Sharma is passionate about fashion related products because they speak “huge volumes” about an individual’s personality. She says this type of design “evokes emotions, displays beliefs, holds forth what we cherish. It is an extension of a person, sometimes direct, sometimes in a very indirect manner.” So what do Sharma’s designs say about her? She is not afraid to exude multiple personalities; some of her work speaks to a dreamer—free and wild, while other pieces are bold and sensual.




Mehak explains that she illustrates her vision before setting out to design a piece. In other words, art comes first, design comes second, like a writer who lays down a sentiment before editing through logic. She is very much inspired by her own sketches and experimentations with color palettes and the emotions they convey—capturing a mood before considering the details, materials and cuts.

In finalizing a design, Mehak considers whether it suits Indian tastes, but is also globally appealing. She says, “My ideal consumer would be one who is confident and not afraid to bring forth their emotions—someone who appreciates their individuality and passions…I hope to invoke a sense of sensuality and style.” And by default, Sharma’s work will appeal to the eco-conscious. She considers locally available, unconventional materials in their organic form, such as paper, pebbles, ceramic clay, and mango wood in combination with silver.




Mehak’s projects pictured here are Boheme, CoralLace, and Etheragami, the latter designed in combination with Vinay Kumar and Srinivasa KN. Learn more about her work on her Behance page. 







The author of this post, Anu Rana, is an experimental, mental gypsy of sorts; She tries to exercise her freedom through travel, copy, art, poetry and photography.  She also collects global creativity and stories, and share them on and Twitter: @MangoPopsicle . You can read her previous blog posts on Beyond Indian Kitsch, Karen Knorr’s India Song, Work of Maheswari Janarthanan and Kundalini Arts


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