This is the first of the Formsurface series. A collection that evolved over a span of two years with the fourth generation Bidri craftsman in Bidar, South India.
Bidri, known as damscening in the West is a 400 year old artisan craft which is reserved for more orthodox decorative objects. It involves a process where gold and silver wire or sheet is inlaid into an alloy of zinc and copper which is oxidised using earth from the region creating a magnificent colour play.
Plying with a simple approach to design Formsurface's intervention into Bidri was with the idea of using the craft's prepossessing attributes to create bijou pieces. Mughal fragments scattered around region significantly influenced and contributed to the design of this body of work.
There are two parts to this collection. One using 'Electroforming', a process based on the concept of electrolysis that encourages controlled usage of metal. The idea is to create light-weight detailed, easy to wear statement pieces. Each piece is handcrafted at the prototyping phase and achieved in 958 silver which is then electroplated in shards of gold and silver.
The second part comprises of handcrafted pieces created with sheet metal using the idea of negative space to achieve weightlessness.
References from Indian iconography are central to this body of work. Florals, bird and animal motifs dominate this collection laced with simple-clean lines and forms.
The two techniques have aided in the realisation of weightless pieces and its exploration through disparate forms and surface finishes.
Formsurface- structure explores forms, structures, techniques, materials and scale. Veering through design possibilities and experiments, the quintessence is to pause at compulsive instances to create palpable results. It urges to take a multidisciplinary approach to design, borrows from the nondescript and appropriate it for exciting outcomes.
Experiments lead to happy accidents and that defines this collection.
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