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Alumnus Nachiket Barve’s Magpie has Lakme Fashion week on fire!

Nachiket Barve is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design [NID] as well as a scholarship holder at Ecole Nationale Superieur des arts Decoratifs [ENSAD] Paris and worked with Michael Kors at CELINE. He taught at NID for a semester.In March 2007, Nachiket launched his label at Lakme Fashion Week through Gen Next and has shown seven highly acclaimed collections since. Nachiket’s work has appeared in all major publications and also been lauded by Suzy Menkes, of the International Herald Tribune and Carine Roitfeld, Editor in chief of VOGUE Paris. He has been included in the book “ Contemporary Indian Design” published by Damiani, Italy.He was the first Indian designer to be invited to show at Buenos Aires Fashion Week [BAAM] in Argentina, as well as at Coterie in New York and the AAPI Convention in FloridaIn 2010, Nachiket won the “Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year” Award by The British Council and Elle and he represented India in London.

Nachiket Barve’s inspirations and titles for his collection are always off the beaten track. This time it is called “The Magpie” and one would wonder how a bird so ordinary could be an inspiration for creations.

But Nachiket’s line at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2010 did not only have the magpie for inspiration but paintings from Ukraine, Faberge eggs, star motifs from Morocco, fossil imprints, tropical sunsets and decadent times in Marrakesh, Acapulco and Ibiza. With such an impressive lineup of inspirations the colour selection was as wide with carmine, scarlet, burgundy, jade, celadon, and turquoise moving onto plum, sienna, purple, deep coral, cranberry, amethyst, burnt orange, tobacco, old rose, ink blue, green and quetzal all mixed together very cleverly to give perfect assortment.


Garba 2010 goes sustainable!

SAC says “This time, during the event, we’re planning to have a stall dedicated to the NID community. The students, faculty, etc, can make exclusive Garba merchandise and put it up for sale at this stall. Exclusive meaning that no two products in the stall will be the same! By merchandise, it could mean anything from illustrations to posters to postcards to junk jewellery to pen-stands to bookmarks to audiovisual content and anything else you can come up with! Of course, the theme of the product should be “Garba”!

-Please make these products out of cheap material, thrown away material and do recycle waste, because the cost of production will NOT be compensated by the institute or the SAC.

-Prices will be decided by the Garba 2010 team. One can always suggest the price he/she would like the product to cost.

-Students/faculty making the product will NOT get any monetary profit in case of it’s sale. Their names cannot be associated with the products officially as it is against the institute’s rules for any student to sell a commodity under his/her personal name while being a student of NID.

Whatever money that we earn from sale of items will go in the SAC account for future expenses. So, if one is concerned about the money, it will come back indirectly for students’ benefit.

Anyways, the reason why we have taken this initiative is not to make any profit. This year one of the SAC’s aim is to connect the city of Ahmedabad the NID student body. Apart from social service initiatives which will be taken by the SAC this year, Garba is a platform where we can share our work, thoughts and solutions with people from outside the NID community. This is the larger context to this initiative and we are hoping for a real positive response from specially the student body.

Think about it, everyone gets to go home with an exclusive item as a souvenir of being a part of a rare “NID experience”!

Student photography displayed in Vienna

Swatch Young Illustrators Award 2010

The Swatch Young Illustrators Award is an unique competition awarding creativity and innovation in personal contemporary illustration and graphics.

The award encourages and supports designers in their artistic practice and offers an international and worldwide recognized platform.

In three categories, illustrative art works, art projects with graphic influences, animations, installations and book art objects qualify for submission.

A jury, consisting of international art directors, well-known illustrators and publishers, will nominate artists in each category in October 2010.

At Direktorenhaus in Berlin, the “Illustrators Night” will take place on November 5th, where the nominations will be celebrated with an exhibition and a party.

Deadline for submissions is October 22, 2010.

Pet care display design competition!

PAVE the Way, a 3D Design Challenge is an exciting opportunity available for students to showcase their work at a major industry event, GlobalShop 2011.

College students who are enrolled in accredited store design, interior design, visual merchandising, and industrial design programs are invited to design a 3D floor fixture for this competition, which is sponsored and presented by B&N Industries.

Design, develop, and construct a branded store fixture (no larger than 36-inch square footprint and 60 inches high) to display PET-SPECIFIC ACCESSORIES AND/OR PET CARE PRODUCT. The fixture should communicate the attributes of the merchandise that it houses and highlights. You may choose any species: dogs, cats, fish, birds, horses, reptiles, or any pet. Your design solution should be concise and constructed with care and professionalism. You may choose an existing brand to display, multiple brands, or create your own brand.

First Place: $5,000
Second Place: $2,500
Third Place: $1,500
Honorable Mentions: $500

Lalu’s film ‘Ehsaas’ – web premiere!

The National Institute of Design’s (NID’s) auditorium was brimming over on 18th August with students curious to watch their resident chaiwala’s directorial debut — a five-minute film Ehsaas — directed, shot and edited entirely by him.

Lalu, who is so called because of the red t-shirt he usually wears, has even composed the film’s music.

His relatives have been selling tea outside the NID main gate for years now. As Lalu grew up around the institute, he knows many of the design school’s past and present students, and teachers.

Final-year UG Film Design student Rudro Bhandary came up with the idea of shooting a documentary on how someone who has never been technically trained, but has seen a lot of film-making and films (courtesy NID), would go about making a film all on his own.

With a modest budget of Rs 1,000 and the institute’s camera on free loan, Lalu began his project.

The film is technically sound and begins with a tilted frame. The plot revolves around a lazy youth who is compelled to take up work to overcome his family’s poverty. The protagonist’s wandering ways are depicted through loud music and unsteady shots, which steady out when he finally makes up his mind to accept a job offered by a stranger.

Elle Decor Awards is open!