Anjali Srinivasan has collaborated with traditional craft artisans in India since 1996 on research and design initiatives aimed at socio-economic empowerment. Anjali studied Accessories Design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi and holds a BFA from Alfred University, New York. She completed her graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design in 2007 with a keen interest in the glass and digital media, and currently works from her studio in Dubai.
NAME? // Anjali Srinivasan.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Production manager of jewellery reproduction at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Artist.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Handloom textiles.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Losing hope.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Ocean waves much much bigger than me, leaving me with the impression that the world offers me a very large space to exist in.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // My Dad he lives with both compassion and courage.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // Two upcycled scoops made from waste glass bottles just last week.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // To make choices that makes them happy. It’s the same advice that my parents give me.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Moodiness.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // People not keeping their word.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Uhhh… why would someone make a movie about me?
FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Sufi Music (Ji Chahe by Abida Parveen).
LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // I do not have a record player in the world of mp3s, Beyonce's single ladies wow, its been a while.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // Dictionary of Imaginary Places.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // Face off by David Baldacci.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Innovation, beauty, biology.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // 2014.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // The Andaman Islands.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Chennai.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // Daydream.
WHY DUBAI? // Its the middle!
ARE YOU SPORTY? // Yes.
BEACH OR DESERT? // Both why else am I in Dubai.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Rural. Oh wait, what am I doing in Dubai again?
CATS OR DOGS? // DOGS definitely!
COFFEE OR TEA? // Teas.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? // My stupidity.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // People do.
YOUR MESSAGE? // I am not a preacher I am a maker.