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British Council Winners Bowl 2007

The Lost Music of Rajasthan

December 7, 2011

Last nights ‘imagine‘ on BBC One was amazing. There are still 3 weeks left to watch it on iplayer if you missed it.

Good to see John & Faith Singh again. The Singhs were most generous hosts who looked after me & Jigisha Patel when we stayed on their Anoki Farm in Jaipur, as part of the British Council (BC) research project back in 2006. This whole amazing experience was pre blogging (hence a much longer than usual post today) and the effects on my work after being immersed in a culture that is full of complex, beautiful, colourful pattern was profound.

Part two of the project was Indian Designer Jigisha Patel travelling to Rosedale to collaborate with us on a piece for the BC. Jigisha is an amazing designer who has successfully sold her felt rugs into Habitat and her Bandhanhi Scarves into the V&A Museum Shop. The piece we made together, commissioned by the British Council for the winner of Indias Creative Future is still one of my favorites.

Priya Patil, fashion/accessory designer from Mumbai received the bowl and was announced Winner & India’s Creative Future 2007.

Last nights visual and musical feast  brought back many memories, not least John Singh’s mission to collect music and listen to Rajasthan Musicians.



Mann Singh and Jigisha Patel

April 30, 2008

Mann and Jigs came to the studio for a two week residency in 2006 as part of the British Council commission to make the prize for the winner of ‘India’s Creative Future’ ( Link , Creative Future Award )

They have both done good work in design, Jigs in textiles, including commissions for Habitat  and beautiful scarves made for the V&A shop, and Mann in designing for the Italian firm ‘driade’. Got an email today all about the Milan Fair and showing Mann’s new work in metal  ( Link to Manns Blogg ). For those who met them at the studio and who came to the lecture at Helmsley Arts Centre, I hope you find this interesting. Check our Mann’s blogg with his cool designs and the British Council Link for more info about the great project Jigisha and I were part of !