Like any other child, I too folded boats and planes to play with, blissfully oblivious of the fact that in future, I would pursue a career in Origami. The Masters degree in Textiles from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, made me appreciate the beauty as well as the hard work that goes behind handmade crafts.
At NID, I was introduced to the mesmerising world of paper folding, and the endless possibilities of origami started unfolding right in front of my eyes.
Origami has taught me two very important lessons – patience and perseverance. I have reached a point where I find something romantic about a piece of paper. Once it’s in my hands, we co-exist till we have completely transformed each other.
For the past 7 years, I have been teaching origami to children, college students, mothers, working professionals as well as grandparents, and have come to love the fact how everyone has something to take away from it. My work constantly challenges me to take risks, be it with the complexity of the fold, the scale of the final piece, or the medium itself. It excites me to think how I want to take origami to the world, and in return how it would take me to the world.
Other than paper, I also use mediums like leather, polypropylene and textile, to provide longevity to the product. Origami has now become an organic extension of my daily living; so much so that even when I am traveling, one can invariably find a pack of paper in my bag. I feel fortunate enough to have worked with recognisable names such as Uber, Google, Microsoft, Adobe, Jockey, HSBC Bank, Times of India and the Netflix Series ‘Sacred Games’.