Komal Rizvi’s success story

Posted on 27 June 2012 by admin

Azfar Amin

Where it takes years to make a place in Canada KomalRizvi did it in just 8 months. We have seen her paintings exhibited at the Burr House Crafts Gallery fromApril 27-May28th 2012 and we have evenread her interviews in different news papers,let’s find out more about her.

GN: Komal, how did you come this farin such a short time, tell us about your success story?

KR: Oh! There is no success story;I haveyet to do big things. I have just been lucky to come here and be a part of this Art show.

GN: What response did you get after your first exhibition in Canada?

KR: The response was overwhelming. People have appreciated my work and have also asked me to commission some work.

GN:What plans do you have for the future?

KR:There are many things that I have planned; some big design projects are too early to be discussed right now, butI am starting off slow with a few small projects that are almost in the final stages, like I am starting different workshops from July 6th 2012 for children, youth and adults. These will be on drawing and painting, textile and fashion illustrations and it will be all year roundfor everyone. I am making Dry Flower Arrangements which will be on sale soon. Then I have a few painting projects that are mostly in 2D and some will be more functional than just wall hangings.

GN:Tell us about your art and design background and your inspiration in life?

KR:I opened my eyes in a house full of awards that my father won as a commercial designer; my sisters, mother and brothers were all creating some form of art.But only I was eager enough to study fine arts in my High School. My passion to create and design led me to win a scholarship award when I was doing my Bachelor in textile design from Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Pakistan.My designs for Mohammad Farooq Textiles and VaneezaAhmed were well appreciated. After Mohammad Farooq, I taught at the Asian Institute of fashion design (AIFD). While at AIFD, I started my own label ‘Komal’ of party wear clothes and was sending to Canada from Pakistan. I received a special Letter of Appreciation for my Fashion design workshops that Iconducted at Indus Valley for several years.WhenI moved to Canada Ivolunteered at the World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto Fall 2012 and later started to paint. Throughout this journey I have collected many awards and certificates for my performance and participation in art and design activities but I could not have perused my passion without the support of my brother and sisters.And now after my marriage my husband has been my biggest support and inspiration in life.

GN:Do you plan to take up painting as a career?

KR:I will continue commission and freelance work in paintings and Fashion design and will keepexhibiting my work but I will pursue my career in textiles as a designer when a good opportunity comes my way.

GN: Do you have any message for the up and coming artists and designers?

KR:Enjoy your work and take pride in what you do.

In her final words,Komal thanked the volunteers at the Burr house Craft Gallery, Richmond Hill and has requested us all to support them for their wonderful work of keeping Art and Crafts alive. We thank her for taking out time for us and we sincerely wish this down to earth and humble person a very good luck for future.        

To see her work follow her page KomalWorks on Facebook .

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OMDC Hosts Digital Dialogue Conference in Toronto

Posted on 21 July 2010 by .

Several hundred senior-level content creators working in book publishing, film, interactive digital, magazines, music, television gathered at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, June 29th,  to discuss key issues facing Canada’s creative sector – including the shaping of a national Digital Economy Strategy.

The conference, organized by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, featured top experts sharing their observations of what is happening both online and offline.

New York Times Magazine columnist Virginia Heffernan, says books and reading are alive and well, thanks to online content and digital media.

Highlights of the conference included a talk by Virginia Heffernan, author of  “The Medium,” a weekly column about Internet culture, for The New York Times Magazine. Heffernan noted that digital media is encouraging reading rather than leading to its demise. “The apocalypse is not coming. People are reading all the time,” she said. “People are measurably engaged and relaxed when they are on the Internet.”

The day-long OMDC conference included panels on digital strategy and inspiring success stories.

The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is an agency of the Government of Ontario. OMDC’s mandate is to build Ontario’s cultural industries’ capacity and competitiveness. Through tax credits, programs and services for the film and television, book and magazine publishing, music, and interactive digital media industries, OMDC maximizes opportunities for growth and innovation in Ontario and abroad. Ontario’s cultural industries contribute billions of dollars annually to the economy and generate thousands of highly skilled jobs.

The Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism and Culture at the Digital Dialogue conference.

The Digital Dialogue conference was video taped and can be viewed on OMDCs website: www.omdc.on.ca

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Adequacy and the Art of the Fashion Industry

Posted on 07 January 2010 by .

Scene one: Overture

Young girl opens magazine. Does she react to the airbrushed cheeks or the accentuated cleavage? Does the model’s wardrobe or her tiny wrists make her feel inadequate? If you’ve been bombarded with Feminist theories in opposition to the media’s portrayal of a woman. But I think the bigger question is WHY do women see themselves inferior, why is it that people see a model and perfection synonymously?

Is the model to blame for this? Shall we gather our torch and pitchforks and burn her at the stake? Are the photographers and the makeup artists the ones who at blame? The true witches and warlocks of the fashion industry must be tried and subject to cruel and unusual treatment for the objectification of women everywhere.

Before we do anything drastic, let’s be civil and employ some logic to this situation. But don’t take my word for it. I asked these very questions to people new to and experienced in the industry, and as you read forward, you shall read their side of the story.

Scene 2: Kabir

I looked at the man who had sat next to me. He was probably five-nine (or taller) with broad shoulders, a trimmed beard and side burns and a well-defined jawbone. A male model? Perfect–But inaccurate.

Kabir is a twenty five-year old Real Estate agent who has been sponsoring this event in collaboration with all the artists who have pulled together to make this day happen. Kabir has a love for the industry of modelling and fashion. It was he that I was in corespondence with proir to the event and although admitting that his role was tedious, maintains that love for what he does on the side.

A busy man, he needed to pick up a call on his Black Berry Bold and I moved on.

Scene 3: Serena

Serena walked in with her parents and headed straight for the runway coach before I could get her. In six-inch stillettos and a fitting black dress held together with a black leather belt.  As she walked I could hear the Cutty Ranks music playing in my head (Murder she wrote…  ) According to her glowing mother, Serena had been free lancing since she was 13 years of age. She had performed in events like Dilwale Mela (Fiesta) 2008. and Dreams Wedding Show. She clearly had a shot for the casting call with ESA.  Serena eventually came to speak to me herself. Serena is a young one. Only in her last year of high school, she has already been accepted into Psycholinguistics at the University of Toronto. A Dancer as well, Serena loves the rush of the performance and being on stage. But throughout our conversation that star potential gleams in her eyes and manifests itself in a love for what she does as expressive art.

Scene 4: Aanchal

Aanchal spoke proudly as an artist. Makeup is not fakeness, it is art. And for her, being a makeup artist, an expensive hobby and profession, has it’s rewards in the sharing of others’ joy. Makeup artists need to know the chemistry of colour combinations, which are not so much rules as they are possibilities. And Aanchal believes that Makeup, like art, has no guidelines. What distinguishes South Asian artistry from others?  That is a matter of influence. Aanchal herself is quite abstract with her art, avoiding basic colours and playing with neons for the South Asian face.

Scene 5: Sharjeel and Hussain

A considerable amount of onus is on the photographer to get the picture right and they are usually the ones blamed for airbrushing. But Photographers like Sharjeel and Hussain, as photographers and artists synonymously, are offended by feminist theorists who accuse them of objectifying women. They do not deny that there are those photographers that would place female and male models in compromising positions, and those that are exclusive to one kind of model. These kind of photographers may be conniving villains bent out on keeping women in the bedroom and kitchen, but they may also just be trying to make a living. Hussian, a photographer who was considering applying as a model, says that a good model needs to have the right attitude. This may vary depending on the angle of the shot and the concept that needs to be conveyed.

Scene 6: Overture

It’s a big performance not just for the model, who is a part of the art not as object, but as expression of self. It  is a big performance for the Makeup Artist and the Photographers who need to capture the moment. The whole teamwork process is tedious,  but the saisfaction comes more from the result of the shot rather than the payment. Again, the theme of love and passion, surfaces. From the mouths of people in the industry themselves, the many facets of Fashion has much to do with Art and Love: Colour, Performance, and the art of encapsulating that single moment you may never see again.

Sharjeel emphasizes the element of perception. Why is it that when we see a model on the front cover we say “fake” and think “inadequacy”? Because the our first impulse on viewing an image is to put ourselves in there and if we don’t “Fit” that image, the assumption is that there is something wrong with ourselves.

But THIS is the problem. We only see ourselves and nothing else. We are entirely blind to all the hard work and dedication that goes into this “Industry”, founded so deeply in passion and unbridled love.

We don’t see the Model who may be pursuing her degree, who loves to perform and sees her work as expression of self and liberates herself in it. We don’t see the liberal make up artist who plays with colours and lines in the face, and takes pride in her job. We don’t see the Photographers who may have spent tireless nights working on a concept, selling it to “the big guy” and setting up the studio.

Perceptions have been changing in the fashion industry. The Dove Campaign on “Real Beauty” is one avenue (but if you go too far down it you might as well burn your bra) another symptom of change are stores like Laura plus and Voluptuous that are gaining popularity. ESA Models is another example of that change happening. There’s no height requirement, you can be up to a size 10 and still make it. The only requirement is personality.

If only personality was OUR only criteria for adequacy.

Author: Jaqualine Chatterpaul

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My Appreciation of Nuwan’s Art Show “Citta”

Posted on 07 January 2010 by .

Looking back on Nuwan’s Art Show dubbed as “Citta” was an exhilarating experience.   It was an invitation I anticipated for weeks.  On Nov. 14, 2010 on the day of the show, I thought the rain spoiled my excitement. However, when I got to Fraser Studios somewhere between Broadview & Danforth Ave. close to downtown Toronto where the show was held I was warmly greeted by Madhu, Nuwan’s better half.  It was so kind of her to welcome me to the show.  As I started to look around at all the beautiful art pieces my mind was gradually transported to the creative world of gifted artists like that of Nuwan.

The vibrant colours of very fine art works captivated me with awe.  Multi-cultural people from different backgrounds and professions filled the room with energy and enthusiasm.   The show which started at 3 pm until 9 pm never ran out of guests. I enjoyed each and every painting.  Paintings done on canvas, paper and fabric expressed dramatically subjects such as philosophy, religion, sex, human mind and life in its intricacies and intimacies. The paintings were mainly figure-based and these paintings can bring us back to the sensibilities and many possibilities of our minds. That is why the show was entitled “Citta.” It is a Buddhist term that means mind or consciousness.

The beauty of the show was reinforced by the soulful music of the live band, Pilgrims of Brock.  Andrew Masse’ and his band made the show even more enjoyable. Delectable foods, wine and other beverages set the mood even more relaxed and positive.  Guests from Nuwan’s social networks, professional colleagues and art enthusiasts exchanged ideas and opinions freely.   In addition to the live music that was played, Nuwan’s own original song, “Kirille” was played as well.

Time passed by as fast as I immersed myself to Nuwan’s world of arts.   Nuwan was very friendly and accommodating enough to entertain all of his guests. He is a soft-spoken and gentle mannered person.  He earned respect in his profession as clinical psychologist.

Sometime later in the show, I did have the chance to talk to him and expressed my appreciation and gratitude for the warm invitation.   I bought one of his amazing art pieces which he called, “Gracefulness”.  It was indeed a piece of art painted on fabric.   The human form was painted with elegance and I was mesmerized by its mystical beauty.

Nuwan’s “Citta” major solo art show displayed his talents incredibly.   His art works opened the human mind expressed in captivating colours, shapes and lines that define emotions and imaginations.  His passion in unraveling the mind coupled with his rich experiences with people and events in life inspired him to paint on deep and dynamic themes.

Accordingly, it was his 9th show since he started joining art exhibits on 2008.  He is doing art shows in Montreal and Toronto.  After looking back on that eventful show, I am now looking forward for more of his successful shows in 2010 and the coming promising years

Author: Cristina Edulan is a participant and art collector.

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Colours Speak

Posted on 30 December 2009 by .

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