Artist Sahil Paranjape talks about his unique thread art work and how creating these intricate designs is a difficult task.
Born and raised in Pune, Sahil Paranjape has always loved the sights and sounds of different cities around the world. A cyclist by passion and an artist by profession, 27-year-old Paranjape went to Singapore to study the subject of product design. Now, he is putting up his maiden exhibition at Ravi Paranjape Studio, Pune, where he will be showcasing his unique talent of thread art.
The exhibition will be designed on the format of exhibition-cum-sale where art lovers can witness around 55 artworks which include watercolour paintings and art pieces prepared with thread on a wooden plank.
Talking about his journey as an artist, Paranjape says, “My parents wanted me to go abroad and explore things. Studying abroad was challenging in a way because there you mostly engage in practical work.
However, the approach here is mostly towards theoretical learning... I come from a creative background, my grandfather is a painter and my father presents his work through 3D sculptures. So from early on, I knew that there is nothing else that I would want to do.”
The artwork displayed at this exhibition will be based on Paranjape’s reviews prepared while studying in Singapore. He further elaborates, “Being a cyclist and an artist, I keep stumbling upon some intriguing scenes, humans or animals which pique my interest and that is exactly what I try to display in my art. This is also the reason why I have called my work ‘La fenêtre’, which means ‘What I see from my window’.”
His work consists of intricate geometric thread figurines which is made on a big wooden plank. But the intricacy makes it all the more complicated because if you goof up one thread, you will have to re-do the whole design again. Paranjape explains, “I use sewing thread and nails to create a figure on a reusable wooden plank. Firstly, I draw a figure with a pencil, then thread on the outlines back and forth. You have to be really cautious because if you make one silly mistake, you will have to open every knot and start from the beginning. I prefer making animal drawings mostly since I am an animal lover myself and also because they look really good in geometric designs. The human face doesn’t look that amazing in the same style. It takes about six hours to finish one artwork after the whole visualisation process.”
Talking about art appreciation here and abroad, he says, “There is no such thing as art being appreciated more abroad. We are equally appreciative. That said, this will be my first exhibition and I am really looking forward to the kind of feedback I receive from people since all this while only my parents and relatives have been telling me that my work is good.”
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The four-day exhibition which kicked off today at Ravi Paranjape Studio, Model Colony, will continue till August 20, between 11 am and 8 pm