Ever since I was young, I always loved to create and paint- to bring my imagination to life on paper. When I started to play with dolls, with their mix and match-able wardrobes, my interest in fashion and textiles as a form of art began (and started to solidify as I designed, customized and put together new looks for my dolls) and peaked as I began forming my own sense of style throughout adolescence. While I studied at Central Saint Martins, I explored and focused on textiles and fashion prints, creating textiles from source/inspiration through to final garment construction, learning about weaving, knitting, embellishments and many forms and manners of bringing textile ideas to life. There, I also developed themes that remain core to my work. I derive a lot of my vision and sources by pulling from my Indian heritage, and using color as a means of depicting emotion, as I have synesthesia (as I hear things, I also see those words in color). The relationship between colors and the psychology of the stories they create is incredibly fascinating to me. when I create, I feel transported to same the pure joy I experienced while making artworks as a child, so childlike wonder, play and whimsy are always elements I like to explore and incorporate.
I have collaborated with many different brands and individuals in designing products (including accessories, bags and shoes, and am comfortable applying textile designs to various types of surfaces), textiles and fashion, alongside producing my own individual works and collections. I have thoroughly enjoyed the possibilities that have emerged from working with many different materials and playing with the scale and appearance of my designs.
This page is divided into chronological segments, beginning with recent designs + developments and through to the last few years of work. I have experimented with cutting edge ideas in fabrication and garment construction including innovative approaches to cutouts and pop up elements as well as bright and vibrant patterns in order to craft collections that tell stories and make an impact. More work can be seen in the Fashion and Resume pages:
The materials I used to render these textile prints and works are: procreate, photoshop/illustrator, as well as hand painted gouache, acrylic paints, Posca markers, artists' pens, collage and glitter paints. The materials for the fully formed textiles includes biodegradable glitters, cottons, silks, denim, faux leather and organza.
Through my work, I also became adept at rendering garments and designs + cost-effective initial drafts out of paper, and have discovered new means of crafting patterns to create fantastical elements in completed garments and textiles.
I hope you enjoy looking through my work below! If you have any inquiries or would like to get in touch pertaining any questions, proposals or requests you can do so by emailing Niki@nikisrinivasa or through the contact page!
My overall inspiration for the series of textile prints below is rooted in trends prediction, with accessibility, inclusivity, whimsy, potential for sustainability (such as textiles made from other textiles and died naturally and or base fabrics in natural fibers, etc.), and the ability to produce in cost-effective manners at the core of the series. Balancing potential needs and trends while maintaining elements of my voice is always essential to me.
I believe that coming out of the pandemic, we will be seeing colors expressive of the digital worlds we have come to exist in, as well as the coexisting paradox of vibrant, bold prints to represent the desire for hope, joy and increasing prevalence of people seeking individuality through fashion, accompanied by more grounded, earthly colors as the world navigates the healing process moving forward. For these reasons, I focused my color palate on lavender, red, sundial, and grounded greens and blues. (Pops of other colors are also featured). I also selected organic subjects as a focus for the designs.
I also designed the series so that they may be suitable to be scaled up or down- to fit various needs- and with variety in terms of the nature of each design so throughout the series, there is potential for many materials to be used for formal construction.
Featured in a Virtual Runway Show in collaboration with a top Fashion-tech conference
The Marble dyeing I experimented for my summer 2020 collection
My Feature Piece, a handcrafted Coat featuring cutouts and hand painted textiles, namely Denim. The coat was crafted out of former athletic wear.
* Selected works from collection featured
Below are selected works from Central Saint Martins, and beneath, textile samples- all hand painted and embroidered.
India, and it's vast and diverse landscape of culture and thus textiles serves as a consistent preliminary source of inspiration, namely in regards to its warm and bold colors and intricate details