Saturday, January 19, 2013

Press Coverage in the New Indian Express 31/12/12

Coverage in another National Daily THE SUNDAY STANDARD of the New INDIAN EXPRESS . Please follow the link :)
"History is testimony to the use of art in shoe design, varying significantly across cultures. Be it Lady Gaga who routinely strikes a statement with her nine-inch Swarovski-studded high-heels or the girl-next-door in her ballerinas, all take footwear fashion to another level. Twenty-year-old Karan Vohra found his niche in a pair of shoes that he turned into a piece of art. The Shoe Art Project, started by him, has since added funk and colour to the lives of many.

Having grown up around different forms of art—sensual form of renaissance, impressionism, constructivism, or wearable art—he draws inspiration from two distinct schools: sensualism and abstractism. “The process towards making every pair is a journey, a mutual exchange of thoughts between the artists and the wearer,” says Vohra.

More than just an expression of his many musings, art has always been his window to the world. The canvases simply mirror the artistic means he employs through his wandering mind of fascination. “In fact, many a times, the act of painting is a subconscious state in itself. My choice of medium depends on the strength and opacity of the feeling or situation that I am trying to express, consciously or otherwise. My canvas has continuously transformed from paper to wood to walls and more recently, to shoes. Hence, the use of objects, characters, personalities are purely based on how I am feeling and thinking,” says Vohra.

For a person who considers art an exploration to discover the world, he has continuously employed different techniques to his art form. ‘‘The stimulus for my works has been a combination of theatrics, poetry and melody. In fact, sometimes my paintings are inspired from poems, doodles and scribbling I’ve penned down hastily,’’ he says. To get a customised pair of shoes, call 9968398154."

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