BEHIND THE DESIGN: RAIN 6 BY GARIMA DHAWAN

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How do you stay creative? I love working with my hands…it helps me think, gives me clarity, a way to move forward, be quiet and trust my own intuition. With all my work, I always start with drawing, painting, printmaking or collage, scan and then play around with the images in Photoshop.

A lot of my ideas come when I am cooking. For me It is a fascinating journey of transforming ordinary familiar ingredients into something delicious and new…that’s what I love about art as well…the evolution of everyday experiences and emotions into something tangible & unique.

What are you inspired by? I feel a strong affinity to the elements of nature and work with things picked up on my walks – flowers, leaves, branches, pebbles etc. It makes me peaceful & happy observing things evolve, in their myriad shapes and colors, in nature. My determination is to bring that state of mind to what I do – Happiness by Design.

Stylistically the two biggest influences in my life are Matisse and Marimekko.
There is a strong presence of the hand of the maker, which is important to me, and I love the interaction of beautiful forms and colors.
What is your favorite trend and how have you incorporated it into your designs? I think that because I am really interested in creating, growing and making things, I find myself surrounded by friends and artists who are expressing themselves in their own unique way. It might also be a New York thing. My favorite trend is when artists push boundaries into unexpected realms and seeing what happens. There is magic in that.
What is the story behind your favorite design in your DENY gallery? The Rain series emerged out of a quote that I read that struck a chord with me. “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore. It was after a very challenging period and then things began to change in every aspect of my life and I was so grateful. The pattern itself was created by exposing pumpkin seeds on photolithography plates, printed on hahnemuhle paper for texture and colored digitally. It is about a new perspective…a new way of seeing.
Shop Garima’s full gallery here!
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