Arty parties

My favorite part of asian weddings are definitely mehendis. Bejeweled color schemes, catchy Bollywood music, the dances and festive decor – I love it all! Ain’t no party like a mehendi (or a sangeet as my hindu buddies would call it! )

As you know I specialise in live fashion illustration and I usually create these at fashion launches or events. I’ve never had the opportunity to paint live at a mehendi until now.

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I was asked to come over and do a few live sketches of families for a lovely couple, Haris and Sana. It was such an amazing experience because everyone’s outfits were so colorful and festive with so much gorgeous bling! The guests were very excited because no one had seen live art done at an asian wedding before. Desi weddings are usually MASSIVE and the guest list can be anywhere between 200 – 500 people or more per event. I knew it would be chaotic but was up for the challenge. It was very busy but really fun! Here’s a few photos of some of the gorgeous outfits created that night.

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The bride’s side were British Asian and the groom’s side were American Asian so it was really cool to see the differences in desi fashion trends – there was so much variation! To make the fashion illustrations a little bit more special, I added glitter and liquid pearls for the embroidery.

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It seems that it is the month of first time experiences because a few days later, I was at a child’s birthday parties creating fashion illustrations for kids. The theme of the party was centered around the children’s book, “The Hungry Caterpillar.”

With the beautiful book’s illustrations in mind, I made a custom template in keeping with the colorful theme. Here are some snaps of the super chuffed kids with their illustrated souvenirs.

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And one of the birthday girl who seems way more into her fries than the art …

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I could always relate to this loveable bug especially when it came to its binge eating habits … it’s pretty much my spirit animal! I too have eaten bites out of donuts, cake and bread and have been in a food coma and passed out… I just need to work on the cocoon and waking up beautiful part. :)