The project started with the girls being encouraged to dab, smear and paint. Under the aegis of the Art for Development Programme, AIM for Seva roped in Ms. Jayashree Poddar, director, Himatsingka Seide who curated a quilting project for the girls residing and studying at the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Yelahanka, Karnataka.
The girls were taught the basics of art and introduction to painting on fabric. Recalling the day long workshop with the girls, Ms Jayshree Poddar says they were provided with pieces of cloth (4” 8” inches) and allowed to experiment and paint with freedom. “Before the session started, we had a small session on body movement to help them open up. Soon, the girls warmed up and from there on, it was action based communication and it was delightful to watch them deeply absorbed in the art work.”
The designs created were then shortlisted and it was decided to craft quilts from the art work. Post design digitisation, it was printed on fine luxurious soft cotton satin ( 60’s count) from Himatsingka Seide and quilted with a 200 gsm poly filling.
The fabric is colour fast and machine washable and comes with a cotton mulmul cover and a little matching bag! These are stunning quilts with each quilt design signed by the child artist.
“Many girls used dark shades while painting so the detachable mulmul cover helped soften the shades. Also from a utility standpoint, cleaning is made easier. You just have to wash the cover and the quilt stays protected,” says Ms. Poddar.
These quilts come in 2 sizes– infant and toddler, selling at Rs. 2,900 and 3,900. It takes 3 weeks to make them.
The quilts come in 9 designs and the AIM for Seva team in Bangalore has started showcasing them and taking orders via Whats App.
In the recent past, the girls from the Yelahanka Chatralayam painted portraits and collages that were exhibited at the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Paris hath. The Yelahaka students are also well versed in hand painting techniques having hand-painted and embellished diyas for Diwali and picture frames with different techniques including mosaic.