Diksha Mehtaâ€™s exposure to the world of design started at a young age, within her family business ofÂ Garment and Accessory Exports for the European market. Her flair for design took her to study at NIFTÂ Delhi and the Domus Academy, Milan, and work on design projects with companies such as Todâ€™s,Â Angelo Figus and Daniella Puppa. Diksha runs a boutique graphic design studio that offers customÂ invitation design services for lifeâ€™s big events. The personalised and bespoke invitation and stationeryÂ suites often end up being a jumping-off point for the event dÃ©cor and styling choices of the clients. Dikshaâ€™s work is driven by an â€œout-of-the-boxâ€ approach to the very personal and intimate stories,Â personalities, interests and favorite colours of her clients.
Vrinda Mathur is an Accessory Design graduate from NIFT, New Delhi. After a stint in the luxury lightingÂ design industry with Swarovski, she took a leap into furniture design with Studio Wood, a manufacturingÂ setup run by parents Ramesh & Venu Mathur, running successfully over the last 15 years. Vrinda isÂ now dedicated to re-launching Studio Wood as the Studio Wood Collective, a collaboration betweenÂ design enthusiasts, Gazal Bawa, Navya Aggarwal and Sahej Bhatia, coming from varied fields to designÂ contemporary furniture on the principles of re-purposing old furniture samples, wooden pieces andÂ boards. #SWC will serve as a one-stop retail design studio designing chairs, shelves, tables, lights andÂ accessories.
Mark Medom from Kohima, Nagaland, was born in Calcutta in 1986. He completed his BFA inÂ Sculpture from the Delhi College of Art, in 2010, and went on to do a MFA in Sculpture in 2012. He hasÂ been a designer for theatre festivals, a participant at Innovation Station and a creative facilitator at MadeÂ to Create. Mark will be speaking about DIY home improvement.
Oraya Sayeed is 16 years old and loves to bake. She took to baking in a big way when she fell ill in 2011.Â Since she could not go out and play or hang out with her friends she would get bored alone at home withÂ her maid or mother. They’d often spend a lot of time in the kitchen making her delicious meals, one dayÂ she decided to do so as well! Being afraid of fire, she decided to bake. She began with premixes fromÂ grocery stores and gradually brought recipe books and started trying different recipes from scratch. OnceÂ the cakes started tasting good, she started to decorate them. She went onto YouTube and saw videosÂ and over a period of time became pretty good at it! When she bakes, she is in her own little world, whereÂ the kitchen becomes her comfort place, to whip something up and enjoy eating it later on!