Upper School students have recently had the unique opportunity to get their art printed on neckerchiefs, as part of the Kundakala Neo competition.
The Kundakala organisation is a social enterprise that uses original artworks by the artist Kunda Kirloskar as a basis of print designs on a range of merchandise for the ‘women empowering programme’. The organisation helps BAME women in London to acquire the skills and confidence to move towards financial independence through career guidance and tailored workshops.
As a starting point for the competition, M1- D1 students were introduced to the Kundakala organisation and the wonderful work that they do. We studied the beautiful watercolour works from the late Indian artist Kunda Kirloskar and students were asked to choose a woman that inspired them (this could be their mother, aunt, grandmother, friend, relation, teacher, historical figure, celebrity or imaginary fictional character). We then asked the students to create a motif from nature that represented the person, to incorporate into their neckerchiefs designs.
Through the exploration of free flowing illustrations and repetitive patterns, students created their designs using a mixture of watercolour washes, wet-on-wet, gradient, colour blending, laying and dry brush techniques. Overall, we were so impressed with all of the neckerchiefs designs. The artworks showed great creativity and imagination and the ability to use watercolour techniques to a very high standard.
A huge congratulations to our award winners who are as follows:
Name of student: Reina M1
Name of artwork: Robin garden
"This is a design where a flying robin who is holding a flower branch passes it to another robin. The flowers on the bottom are very cute flowers."
Name of student: Kimora M4
Name of artwork: Psychosis
"Dedicated to my goth twin flame. This painting in a sense, is what I think his mind looks like.
This artwork represents the altered, tainted and idiosyncratic minds of the artistically gifted and those under the category of a criticised subculture. I tried to paint the minds of the punks, goths, and those labelled as “camp”. Psychosis is a metaphor referring to how the gifted see the world differently. How they can see the beauty in the generic and appreciate the bizarre. Indulge in the strange."
Name of student: Taha M2
Name of artwork: Vined Flowers
"I used a lot of colour and made the splodges look like flowers."
Name of student: Eliza M2
Name of artwork: The Spring Wind
"When I painted this piece, I wanted to show the idea of lifting something up, I first painted the tree branches which represented the firm structure and arms holding the bird. The flowers were to show the kindness and safety of the wind. I painted this to represent the idea of a mother lifting her child."