“BRIL­LIANT IDEAS HAP­PEN WHEN SOME­ONE DE­CIDES TO BE PAS­SION­ATE OR PER­SIS­TENT”

Jenny Pinto, 58 lights De­signer, ben­galuru

India Today - - COVER STORY - By Mrini Dev­nani

EX­PLOR­ING

dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als to work with such as clay and pot­tery, Jenny Pinto, lights de­signer, chanced upon pa­per-mak­ing in 1998 which was an un­ex­plored craft be­yond usual fac­to­ries in San­ganer and Pondicherr­y till then. Since hav­ing a child puts the whole world into a new per­spec­tive, that is what drove Pinto to give up pro­duc­ing tele­vi­sion com­mer­cials after 20 years, and go the eco-friendly route. “I be­came a mother in 1989 and I think that’s when one be­gins to think about the le­gacy we are go­ing to leave for our chil­dren, the kind of air they will breathe, whether the oceans will be pol­luted by the time they grow up and what im­pact of con­sumerism will be on the planet,” she says.

The green route

As the pa­per she uses is made from plant and waste fi­bres, ei­ther from agri­cul­tural waste or hosiery man­u­fac­tur­ing, she tries to give waste a sec­ond life. Through pa­per-mak­ing, she cre­ates a range of translu­cent and tex­tured pa­per lights us­ing waste fi­bres of banana, sisal, mul­berry and pineap­ple. But de­cid­ing to make hand­made pa­per from agri­cul­tural waste wasn’t easy for Pinto. “Since agri­cul­tural waste is an in­for­mal, un­or­gan­ised sec­tor, it was hard to source. Also, I strug­gled to get my hands on raw, scaled down pa­per pulp ma­chin­ery,” she says. As the most im­por­tant part of her cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence has been sus­tain­abil­ity, she has un­folded faux ce­ment ma­te­rial from quarry waste and cork sheets from waste cork, to turn them into a range of in­te­rior lights. Her art­work has found space in the Na­tional Gallery of Mod­ern Art, Ben­galuru.

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