‘A Desert Coalescence’ is a tale that originates from the artists personal life experiences finding itself located between the desert lands of Rajasthan, India, and global metropoles like that of New York, Shanghai and Geneva. It is inspired by her lived urban nomadic lifestyle combined with her culturally rich roots from regal Rajputana (erstwhile Indian province), which has encouraged her to adopt more than one tradition, heritage and artistic taste.
The artist through her work wishes to highlight the conversation that lies within this cultural contrast - the practice of constantly ‘Blending In’ the crowd, and ‘Standing Out’ from, that defines her daily life. While she finds herself adopting a little of every culture, she's also at odds in all. This project embraces that emotion and works towards creating a desired hybrid, a ‘New Heritage’ for a ‘New Identity’.
It is to that effort that the collection has been created by collaging found or salvaged ‘Heirlooms’, and emphasizes on the carrying forward of artisanal hand work as an ode to the act of passing on, and carrying forward, of traditions.
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The Indian born, Swiss resident is a graduate in Fashion Design from Parsons, New York. An artist who believes in conceptual engagement with her surroundings, Rishinandini’s designs focus on exploring innovative construction techniques and materiality. Her design aesthetic is greatly inspired by the desire to combine the artistic legacy of India with the experimental urban culture of the metropolis. Rishinandini has worked in different realms of the design industry having interned at the design studios of Oscar de la Renta, and TiBi, New York. Her Final Project 'Desert Coalescence' was featured by globally recognized fashion editorial Porter Magazine. She has also worked as a research intern focusing on the revival of ancient arts at Raghavendra Rathore, an Indian menswear couture house.