The artist behind the famous Pink Chaddi campaign (2009) poster, Shilo Shiv Suleman has just returned from London where she was invited to speak at the WIRED conference organised by the eponymous technology magazine. She was there to talk about her book, Khoya, an electronic book for the ipad, which she is doing the illustrations for and will be released this December. Khoya will be available for $3.99 on Apple Stores from December 2011.
MAKING OF AN ARTIST At 12, she started painting in a style that she describes as ‘dark and serious’. However, now she feels her art is becoming more childlike as she grows older. She’s currently a student at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. Her contributions were recognised last year in the form of an INK fellowship for being a young innovator, and earlier this year she was selected as one of three Indian women to be honoured at the TED Global Conference in Edinburgh.
“I always wanted to find ways to get art out of galleries and reclaim community aesthetics,” says Shilo, explaining how she and two of her friends got together to work form The Bangalore Wallflowers, a community art initiative inspired by the Bombay Wall Project, where the team painted public spaces with permission.
“Shilo is intensely creative and has interesting ideas. Her work is a combination of the past, present and the future, and she blends
the styles very nicely.” ANDERS SANDELL, PROFESSOR, INTERACTIVE DESIGN FOR CHIL
DREN, SRISHTI SCHOOL OF ART, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
“With Khoya, it is possible to see what touch can do to a story”