India has many folk and traditional art styles and each one of them is remarkable in its own way. The aura of our cultural diversity is well-captured in these authentic art styles. It is joyous to see that these local art forms are still relevant in our contemporary, modern world. The vibrancy of Indian art and the depiction of our deities, flora and fauna, figurines, country life is unlike any. Most of these art forms have survived generations and they never fail to make an impact even today. Some of them are extremely popular and they stand out uniquely, at global level. These days, a lot of young artists are ditching modern art and are heading back to their roots. It is heartening to see them learn, experiment, reinvent and lend freshness to the old styles. I have an eye for Indian folk motifs and never leave an opportunity to learn more about them. At 'Repurposed Art Studio', I aim to talk about green home-decor products, repurposing as well as share the universal love for Indian art forms. In this blog post, we will get a beautiful perspective around Madhubani art form, from a young artist from Bihar.
Let us meet Tripti. The artworks done by her are absolutely brilliant. I not only admire her work but also try to learn it. Her simple yet impactful works have inspired me to experiment with Madhubani. Let us know more about her.
1. Tell us about yourself, your background and your brand? When did you start? Did you have any theme behind it?
Hello, my name is Tripti and I am a freelance artist. I live with my parents in Patna ( Bihar).
Making art & craft was my childhood hobby. It was something that allured me the most and now it has turned into my passion and my earning too.
At 'TriptiSArt' I make handmade, upcycled, sustainable, art & craft specially customized for my lovely buyers. I work on themes like Indian folk art, Madhubani, Nature and Feminism.
2. What does repurposing mean to you? What is your take on the 'Go Green' concept?
I think repurposing is a new cool thing. It is my artistic way to conserve our ecosystem by reusing the unnecessary/discarded trash to make beautiful handmade artworks for decorating our spaces.
Going green should be everyone's lifestyle. We don't need to do something extraordinary, it's just about being aware in our daily lives and checking our personal habits. I believe that our collective small steps can bring big difference.
3. What materials do you use and what do you enjoy doing most?
I use old CDs, newspapers for making paper mache products, tin boxes, plastic containers etc. which we usually find useless in our homes. For colouring I use acrylic paints, permanent markers & different pens and other crafting materials found at home or bought from local stores.
I am much inspired by the 'Repurposed Art Studio' and have started exploring more things which I can upcycle into beautiful artworks.
I enjoy painting my products with glittery, bright colours.
4. Tell us more about your favorite art style, especially Madhubani or Mithila art.
I have a great love for our Indian folk arts specially Mithila art, popularly known as Madhubani art. As I am born & brought up in Bihar itself, so it's impossible to remain untouched by the beauty of Madhubani art.
Let me give you a brief description about this beautiful art style which is so rich and vast in nature.
Madhubani art is an ancient Indian folk art originated in Mithila region of Bihar and it is now among the most famous art styles in the world.
Madhubani art has traditionally two forms, one is Bhitti Chitra (paintings made on walls) and second is Aripan ( paintings made on mud floors). But now it's also made on different kinds of fabrics, papers, and many other products. There are different styles of making Madhubani art like Bharni, Katchni, Godna & Tantrik styles.
Godhana means tattoo. In the Godhana style, small tattoo like figures are made in geometrical patterns like in parallel lines, concentric circles or rectangles. It is then filled with colours, or simply drawn in black. Tantrik style is about tantra knowledge and astrology. In this style the Hindu deities are drawn with their specific yantras and filled with bright colours.
I mostly work in Bharni & Katchni styles, Bharni style of paintings has bold black outlines of the subject and it is filled with vibrant colours without any shading. Bharni literally means ‘filling'. And the other one is Kachni style, it has only one or two colours, black and vermillion. It is basically made of fine lines and variety of patterns like hatching and stippling and also geometric patterns. Kachni literally means ‘line’. The other two art styles i.e. Godna & Tantrik styles are also very unique and intricate, I will work on them too. The themes of Madhubani paintings are basically indian mythology, nature, fertility, wedding ceremony and daily rituals.
I also love doing contemporary art, so I combine both our age old traditional Madhubani art & the Contemporary art to create my own style.
5. Were you always an artist or you discovered your calling eventually? Tell us about your favorite art style.
I have always been a creative person, I keep learning new things everyday.
I have a great love for our Indian folk arts and I love contemporary art too, so I combine both of these to create my own art style.
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