[ ETHNIC DOODLES ] Nina Chakrabarti's Illustrations

Nina Chakrabarti, Illustrator, ethnic drawings, ethnic illustrations, moccasins, culturesI'm super excited to be involved with The Painted House this weekend at Latitude Festival (where I'll be showcasing a few ethnic bits I picked up along my epic Asian adventure - Friday at 13.30), but one event I'm particularly looking forward to attending is Illustrator Nina Chakrabarti's 'Design a Fanzine' workshop.

Having studied Illustration at both Central Saint Martins and The Royal College of Art, put pencil to page for the likes of Vogue, French Connection, Mazda, Marks & Spencer, The Wellcome Collection and I Want You Magazine as well as publishing two books, with another one ready to launch later this year, I'd say making a fanzine with her is going to be pretty kick-ass!

It seems Nina's fun, playful and folksy style, her love for patterns and (as I'm told) obsession with Moccasins may have stemmed from her early years growing up in Calcutta, India, before moving to London. Her two published books 'My Wonderful World of Fashion' and 'My Even More Wonderful World of Fashion' both draw on inspiration from objects of the past as well as clothing and traditions of other cultures. With the pages from her books positively bursting with ideas on how to make a sari, how to henna your hands and ready-to-colour illustrations of ancient jewellery designs, it seems we've got more than a few obsessions in common!

So come on down to the Faraway Forrest on Saturday at 13.30 to get involved with Nina's 'Make Your Own Fanzine' and on Friday at 13.30 to peruse my ethnic infused stall of traditional, hand-crafted wonders!
Nina Chakrabarti & Wandering Threads, The Painted House, Latitude Festival 2012

Indian henna illustrations, Nina Chakrabarti, The Painted House, Latitude Festival 2012All images by Nina Chakrabarti at ninachakrabarti.com

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