Do you remember my friend Taaneya Balaji? Amethyst Noir's first post was also on her. Since then we have come a long way... After a month long of no posts i decided let me start again. Fresh. Like a splash. Or more like a glass of inspiration half filled with ice. Just how i had way back in July.
I have been following her blog and love it. A graphic designer by profession but a total fashionista by heart. She loves prawns and anything Mexican. While growing up watching Tweety Bird on Cartoon Network she was unaware of the magic Adobe Illustrator would create for her!
How would you describe your style?
Easy,open to new options,different and colourful.I like to be unique but not in a conscious effort to stand out of the crowd.I don't have the guts to be like that yet!On a normal day i would wear denim leggings and a top with jewelery of course!
Who are your current inspirations?
SO many! The shows I watch and the blogs I follow.I can't pick any particulars.But I love everything vintage or bohemian.
Your ultimate fashion icon?
I like Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), her personal style never seems constricted and she experiments with different styles. Which is great because fashion should always be open to change. Its the same for someone's style.
Favourite Fashion designer?
I love Vera Wang. But I have more favourite stores like Mango, Promod, Zara, Splash and Vero Moda and labels like Oscar de la Renta as compared to designers.
What are the five most essential things you own in your wardrobe?
A good pair of boots(flat). A sexy dress. Black heels. Leggings. Jewelery(bracelets and cuffs are favored)
Your Biggest extravagance?
Shoes.Shoes ware out quickly so I always believe a nice,expensive well made pair of shoes lasts longer.I love shoes from high street brands like Aldo and Forever New.
A period in fashion you would have loved to be a part of?
The 70's! It had this huge impact on people around the world, though I would trade the bell bottoms for leggings.
Favourite Fashion Photographer?
I like Annie Lebowitz’s work.
One thing in the history of fashion you love
I LOVE that style from the past comes back and is reinvented with the style of the present. It's a constant circulation of inspiration. I look at pictures of my mum and its so nice that I would wear the exact same outfit she wore back then in 2011.
How important is graphic design and fashion to coexist?
Fashion constantly evolves and so does graphic design ,so they both go hand in hand because they're defined by change.
When did you start to get interested in graphic design?
When I was 16 and started working on the layout for our school magazine.
The toughest challenge to be a graphic designer in todays day and age
Most graphic design is for commercial purposes so it hard when your client isn't pleased with what you have spent so much time on.After a point your work isn't your work anymore,it becomes theirs.So it's hard to find a balance between your passion for your work as well as your clients opinions.Its a constant struggle for me to remain inspired and enthusiastic despite peoples opinions.
A graphic designer/artists work you follow
I follow lots of blogs - Where the lovely things are,mint design blog,designworklife,honestfly wtf.The artists I follow are people I know like Rohan Jha and Shilo Shiv Suleman.
What made you start your blog?
A need to record my work and look at it from a broader perspective. I also wanted to share my work as much as possible.
If you owned a graphic design firm what would you call it?
Design Shop or Design Snip. I will decide between the two when that day comes (I hope it does!)
How does art influence your style?
To me art is a combination of many things like the artists mood and colour being used. I love lots of colour and my style also depends on how I'm feeling on that day.
Favorite artist ?
Frida Kahlo,Gustav Klimt ,FN Souza,Picasso and Rothko.
Book your currently reading?
My experiments with truth by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Your favourite city in the world?
New York(Though I haven't been there) and Washington D.C.(I've been there).
How do you spend your free time?
I read. Listen to music. I'm a phone person as well.I spend lots of time working on my personal portfolio.I also love wine and drinking it.
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