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Arti Sandhu alphabet series

Photographs and digital collages printed on textile / Textile Design Arti Sandhu, is a Fashion and textile design lecturer at Columbia College, Chicago. The Alphabet Series are textile pieces that focus on the Indian alphabet. In an attempt to remind herself of her motherland and language, the artist has created pieces that are both educational tools and a visual commentary on India. Each piece has a letter of the alphabet in Devanagri script, with a word that is represented through photographs and digital collages printed on linen or cotton organdie, appliquĂŠd onto cotton tussar (silk) with embroidery and sequins. Besides fashion, her interests lie in textiles, embroidery, graphic design and photography, and

she has tried to fuse all these together in her art works. Through this series, she wanted to create photographs that have texture, are three dimensional, that can be touched and that reach out to you. Her collages combine aspects of Indian life that are often a culture shock for first-time visitors to India and thus make a humorous comment on life in urban India. These collages mix the everyday (pani, toilet), mundane (clothes, traffic) and novel, with some obvious strereotypes (haathi, mahal, buffalo). Her inspiration for this series came during her visit with her foreign fiancĂŠ to India. He was stunned by the unusual sights, sounds, chaos and traffic of Indian life and she wanted to capture these images conveying his culture shock. It was also a way of remembering and a way of visually communicating her experiences in India. www.flickr.com/photos/artisandhu/

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