Nikita sheth

With a weav­ing game­plan that runs in the op­po­site di­rec­tion of rigid rules, this cre­ative lives for the thrills.

YEN - - MEET & GREET - WORDS AN­NIE SEBEL

Be­hold the rare spec­i­men, like a gleam­ing Pe­ga­sus in the pink glow of a red moon, who loves her day job and her cre­ative pur­suit equally. This myth­i­cal crea­ture is Nikita Sheth com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager at an ar­chi­tec­tural firm by day and free-form weaver by night. Sheth stum­bled into her calm­ing pas­time three years ago, while brows­ing Etsy. “I was go­ing through a bit of a rough time and wanted some­thing cre­ative and pos­i­tive to fo­cus my energy on. I was brows­ing and a frame loom popped up on the ‘sug­gested items’ list. I had no idea what a loom was but for some rea­son added it to my bas­ket and bought it.” With loom in hand she looked to YouTube and other weavers online for tips. “Weav­ing im­me­di­ately just felt so nat­u­ral and fa­mil­iar – my an­ces­tors are from Ahmed­abad, Gu­jarat in In­dia, which is, his­tor­i­cally, the epi­cen­tre of all In­dian tex­tiles. I of­ten won­der whether I was a weaver in a past life...”

To start a weav­ing ses­sion, Sheth cranks Ravi Shankar. “His ra­gas stir my soul, open my mind and com­pletely re­lax me. I like the way he im­pro­vised, it aligns with my method of weav­ing.” A method that doesn’t in­volve sketch­ing ideas, ag­o­nis­ing over a plan, or even pick­ing out colours. This flu­id­ity is echoed in the fin­ished pieces, they have a sense of har­mony with­out be­ing scripted or forced. That’s not to say there haven’t been some that have missed the mark. “Some­times, ac­tu­ally a lot of the time, they can be com­plete fails... but that is a nat­u­ral part of it.”

For Sheth, weav­ing is a med­i­ta­tive process. “I can’t be typ­ing, watch­ing TV or read­ing. I need to be com­pletely present. The world out­side dis­ap­pears and my mind slows down. It is com­pletely im­mer­sive. It is the process of weav­ing that I truly love. I love the rhyth­mic rep­e­ti­tion. I love the tac­tile na­ture and I love the way the weav­ing con­nects me to my an­ces­tral roots.” She also en­joys the artis­tic free­dom and is fear­less with ex­per­i­ment­ing, re­cently weav­ing cas­sette tape and AV cords to­gether for a DJ friend. Sheth brings pos­i­tiv­ity to all she does, from her job, to the soc­cer field, to volunteering as a cook at a soup kitchen for the less for­tu­nate. And of course weav­ing. What ex­cites her most? “Yarn, yarn and more yarn. A girl can never have too much, although my stash is get­ting out of con­trol. I’ve made friends with all the In­dian grand­moth­ers, just so I can get their ‘leftovers’.”

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