Introduction to Print after India

After visiting Rajasthan we were introduced to cholograph printing which is where you cut into a thick piece of card and peel away the layers to create different textures when you print. For my Rajasthan body of work I decided to use print as it is very popular in India especially within the cloth trade. I used cholograph to layer two prints on top of each other. One being a bold pattern in colour and the other being a lady in traditional Indian wear which as printed in Black. Before choosing this combination  I experimented with the ladys print on different textures and with different colours to see which worked best. In the end I think the black print worked best as it showed the most detail in the print and also would show up best on the colourful backgrounds.


Body of work – Rajasthan


The colours, patterns and the layout in which the material is worn interested me greatly in India. The colours and the women themselves were something I wanted to concentrate on in my body of work.  This image was why I started looking at what the colours meant in India. It also made me think whether the women are as happy as the colours suggest or whether they use it as something to hide behind.

Rajasthan, India

After spending 14 days in India, between Jaipur and Udaipur, I had to come up with a project to do with Culture in India which I could do a body of work on. The one thing that stood out the most for me in my time in India was the colours the females wear and how that relates to their rights to work and do ‘the arts’ in India. Due to the women not having equal rights with the men they aren’t allowed to express themselves in all the arts the way we are. I started thinking of taking some of the colour from my images to show their perspective. I wasn’t able to have a conversation about their point of view on things in India due to the huge language barrier that we struggled with. I found it odd that when we spoke to a man about his terracotta ceramics he said that only he made them, his wife was only able to help prepare the clay. Another example was the miniature painting workshop where the men who were painting said that they had learnt from their fathers and it had been passed down through generations. They had also said that the women were not taught this craft, if a man only had daughters he would have to teach a boy from an art school instead. This is a cultural thing in India where the men are expected to do the work while the women stay at home cleaning, cooking and looking after the animals. This I wanted to show through pattern and lack of colour in the person, therefore I decided to experiment with print.
Another part of my project was experimenting with photography to try and show what I saw as being exciting and unique to us but boring and everyday to them. I edited some of my photos to enhance the colours from our point of view but to take away some of the colour from theirs. I did this because its something we do a lot in Britain, I often walk past things without even realising they’re there or thinking about how beautiful it is. So I tried to take it as if I saw the view everyday. I wanted to create a feeling of beauty in something that they may not. I chose photography for part of my project as I wanted to try and show the rich colours we saw in India, the richness was hard to capture through print and painting. For the second part of my project I wanted to be able to layer images without blocking out the previous one. Print worked well but I did have a few complications when it came to lining the print up with the next layer. The three prints worked well as a series to show how the print can be over powering. The prints reflected India better in my opinion as it is something very important to them.