Jasleen Singh Verman is a young talented artist based in Jammu. With a sculptor mother and a painter-printmaker father, Jasleen was surrounded by art from a young age. He is trained in the Baroda School of Art and is fascinated by dreamscapes; he uses different mediums to explore and interpret the unconscious lives of men. He likes to experiment with non-traditional mediums (like paper and cotton) and over the last one year has been working with stones. Throughout his life, Jasleen found school to be difficult, and instead preferred to learn with his hands. At the Baroda school, where he was rejected the first time he applied, he worked hard on his kills. In his final year, he topped the university and received various scholarships and fellowships, including the Krishnakriti fellowship which helped take care of his expenses during his final year at bachelors’ and later during his masters’. After finishing his masters’, he worked at the Kurukshetra University for two years, where he also worked on a large mural in front of the Vice-Chancellor’s office.
Nand Kumar Yashwant Kulaye A senior sculptor from Mumbai, Nand Kumar has almost 18-19 years of professional experience in the field. He trained in the prestigious Sir JJ School of Art, and currently works out of his studio in Vidya Vihar, Mumbai. Nand Kumar’s fascination with sculpture started at a very young age, watching the local artisans make the Ganpati statues for Ganesh Chaturthi every year. His journey as an artist began at the young age of 14 years when he started assisting an artist in making these statues. In 1997, he passed out of the JJ School, and since then he has worked on large numbers of small and big assignments- commissioned as well as personal work- for a wide range of clients. Two years ago, he decided to not take up any commissioned work anymore, and has since then dedicated himself to his personal projects. He doesn’t shy away from any material- be it wood, or metal, or fibre-glass or sandstone, he has worked with them all. He uses these materials to transform realistic concepts into abstract constructions. Nand Kumar has shown his work in esteemed galleries like the Jehangir Art Gallery, Artist Centre Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery.
Craft Village has been ranked as No. 2 best artist residency in India by leading platform Kerosene Digital recently, due to quality of artists applying from more than 70 nations and award winning artist and designers coming from across the world doing break through work in Art & Design. Craft Village is a member of Residency Unlimited, New York (world largest artist residency network) and Res Artis of Amsterdam (having over 600 organisation and individuals as member in over 70 countries). Craft Village is the only Craft & Design residency in India besides extending its program to traditional & folk art. Artist Residency programs are offered twice in a year on various areas of work, including clay and ceramics, textiles, products, public spaces, film, graphic and communication, installations, theatre and many other areas of art and design. These artist stay in individual rammed earth cottages during their residency period, and have studios for 2-D and 3-D work. The Artist Residency is in lush green location as well as building in heart of Delhi with negative carbon footprint, ground water harvesting, and earth quake and fire resistance besides having the best quality of air (29.6 Microns) in town. (Delhi that has 200 Micron (2.5 PPM) and UN prescribed limit is 130 Microns).
Anna Katrine Kraus Born 1984 in Sacramento, California,Living and working in Berlin, Germany is Artist / Sculpture completely into Installation / Public Art. She holds Master of Fine Art: I.K.K.G Institute for Art in Ceramics, DE 2014,Bachelor of Art: Humboldt State University, USA 2010. She has contributed to public spaces and art in 2017 “Cumulus” Suite w/ Hans Aescht at the 28th ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, SE,2017 “Nomadic Landscape“ Art Street w/ Hans Aescht in Sacramento California, USA, 2015 “The Flying Buttress” Suite w/ Hans Aescht at the 26th ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, SE
2013 Artist in Residence at The Eberhardt Fellowship, DE
2010 Laundry Ceramics Award, USA
2009 Martin Wong Ceramics Scholarship, USA
2009 Phoenix Fire Ceramic Award, USA
Miroslaw Baca is a Polish Sculptor and Artist. He is The Artist In Residence presently at Craft Village. Sculpture is a means of expression, among others. This one, however, is difficult and specific. For me, it is the one that has appealed to me the most, not as a result of a deep thinking, but intuitively - language, form of communication, way of life. I am at the beginning of my way, struggling to learn about the chosen form. My sculptures are to express ideas, but very often, they are simply forms of expression, work over the material, the form, rather than the content. These are the equivalent elements for me, essential and complementing one another.
2014 The 1st Award Trinacria 2014, Tribute to Sicily, Palermo, Italy
2005 The Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award, London, England
Natalie De Koning graduated in a bachelor fashion design at the Utrecht School of arts in 2011. With her graduation collection she was nominated to participate in the Lichting by G-star Raw competition during AIFW and the exhibition Modebelofte (‘Fashion Promis’) during Dutch Design Week. She also participated in last seasons The Green Fashion Competition and the group exhibition High Fashion Low Countries. Last January she showed her collection Slo/Mo//// during Berlin Fashion Week. Now she just started a Master Fashion Design at Artez in Arnhem
Cynthia Mijares Rodríguez, (born in México 1990) holds a bachelors degree in Industrial Design from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL)
Her work centers around conceptual positive design and tangible solutions to everyday issues, including social ones, her aim is to evoke emotion and spark the light of thought.
For Cynthia design serves to improve objects, process, services, and life. To design according to her personal values in a socially and environmentally responsible way is extremely motivating and paramount. In love with avant-garde technologies as well as artisan techniques, realizing that one can not exist without the other. Her background includes working at corporations such as Schneider-Electric and as an Interior Designer for Steelcase, currently working on a broad range of commissions from industrial products, furniture & jewelry.
Winner of first place for product Maraca Cocktail Shaker by Kikkerland Design & Sanborns Mexico Design Challenge, winner of third place in Comex Trends 2016 for Arcoiris Bench furniture for kids. Founder of Kokor Hekkus handmade glass jewelry.
Isabel Alvarado Del Toro A graduate in Industrial Design from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Monterrey, Mexico, Isabel is a furniture and product designer who enjoys to explore scales, materials and people experiences. Over a period, she has learned how to develop a project from conceptualization to production and market placement. Ms. Alvarado is the winner of Artesan Tile Competition by IAGO-CaSa. She was also selected as a member of DECODE design group in 2013. Isabel received an honorary mention in DIMUEBLE (national furniture design contest) in 2013 and became a finalist in 2018.
Agata Skwarczyńska is a Polish Set designer, costume designer, light designer. She is the International Artist in Residence in June at Craft Village.
Faculties of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Warsaw, faculty: philosophy graduated: 2006
Faculty of Stage Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, graduated: 2008
Saheli Khastagir is a self-taught painter, writer and development consultant, with a psychology background. As diverse as they sound, she uses her different skills and interests to inform and influence each other. Between 2013 to 2018, she worked in a development consultancy firm in Delhi. Over the five years, she worked on research assignment for a variety of development issues (including labour, gender, education, health, child protection) for different clients like UN Women, ILO, AKF, CARE India and many others. Even as her day job became more and more demanding, she continued her creative practice. 2015 onwards, she started exhibiting and publishing her work in various places, and she has been featured by different media outlets. In June 2018, she finally decided it was time to leave her much-loved day-job and work independently full-time, and give the much needed time and attention that was due to her creative and personal projects. What Artists Say:
Alan Saga is a Mexican Industrial Designer. He is The Artist In Residence presently at Craft Village. He focused on discursive design and passionate about 3D modeling, rendering and animation. Whose aims to develop series of products that express through their function a background story, a pure idea or social critique. His focus is originality from a solid well-grounded concept to convey this idea in a simple way for the viewer.
Title Best Industrial Design in “Icons of Design 2013” by Architectural Digest Mexico.
“Platinum A ‘Design Award 2013-2014” (Italy).
Part of the permanent exhibition at the Museum of Design MOOD (Italy).
Award “Design and Design 2014” (France).
I am delighted with this artistic residency in Craft Village in Delhi. This was an exceptional experience to me. Each day was filled with artistic explorations and experiments. I have acquired new skills such as: traditional ply-split braiding tutored by Erroll Pires Nelson, renowned Braiding Master, and natural textile dying tutored by Dr. Himadri Ghosh, renowned textile expert. I am sure that new knowledge will have essential impact on my further artistic development. Craft Village is a lovely place with a wonderful principle of exchanging ideas and experiences. One day you can be a teacher, another day a student. Each artist has its own sensibility and knowledge that he can share with others. I feel charmed by wonderful Indian culture, food, art and design and hospitality of Indian people. Participating in Craft Village community enriched my creativity and I feel like I moved to the higher level of self-consciousness as an artist- Agata Skwarczyńska
This residency at Craft Village meant true inspiration for me. A time of give and take, or better said: exchange. Learning ancient Indian techniques, getting coaching by great masters, meeting the culture by going on trips to Craft Museum and Taj Mahal, giving a workshop in a traditional Dutch technique myself, but also just by experiencing and talking to the people here or witnessing their beautiful way of dressing. Reflecting on this shows me the rich package of experiences, inspirations, emotions and knowledge I will go home with, which can help me in the next part of my career. Iti, Somesh and Abhishek were great hosts and made me feel welcome as family. Specials thanks also to Professor Erroll Pires Nelson and Dr. Himadri Ghosh for their amazing guidance- Natalie De Koning