NVIllustration, an Ahmedabad, India based art duo that works with a somewhat surprising medium Paper and on an interesting subject Wildlife. What is so surprising in it? Well, the outcomes are miniature, hyper-intricate renditions of their subjects, all accomplished with a wild animal using paper, paper knife and some watercolor paint. This is founded by Nayan and Vaishali and they both pursued Arts & Design degrees. Let’s know about their backgrounds that led them here and get inspired by their impressive ways to help in conservation of Wildlife.
- 1 Who are Nayan and Vaishali?
- 2 What is NVillustration?
- 3 How did you come up with this idea and why did you pick “Wildlife”as your subject?
- 4 How much time, energy and creativity it requires to produce one artwork?
- 5 What difficulties have you faced in your journey with such an extraordinary idea? What keeps you going?
- 6 Does NVillustration contributes to Wildlife Conservation out of it’s revenue?
- 7 Can you tell us about your ‘1000 days of art series’?
- 8 What is your best selling art work?
- 9 On what platforms do you sell your artwork? Where all do you deliver?
- 10 How do you plan to grow your business in India? What challenges do you see?
- 11 Do you guys conduct art workshops to pass on this knowledge and art to others?
- 12 What message do you want to convey through your art work?
Who are Nayan and Vaishali?
Vaishali has done her studies in Animation and visual effects and Nayan is a Furniture and Interior design graduate. Now we are full time miniature Paper cut artists based in Ahmedabad, India
What is NVillustration?
After working in the industry for some time we started our Studio “NV illustration” on 25th December 2015. We specialize in hand painted miniature Paper cut artworks, dioramas and Installations inspired from nature and its beings
How did you come up with this idea and why did you pick “Wildlife”as your subject?
We at NVillustration explored the medium of paper for our first year and nature was always our inspiration. NVillustration always created artworks inspired from nature and in 2018 we started our 1000 days series to spread awareness about our nature and since then we have not looked back.
How much time, energy and creativity it requires to produce one artwork?
Each artwork is made by cutting it in different layers on paper and then hand painting them with water colours. Each layer is hand assembled to give a final three Dimensional look to the artwork. Each artwork takes from 4-6 hours to finish. Smallest of the artwork measures 18cm (Head to tail). All the artworks are made without using any magnifying instruments.
What difficulties have you faced in your journey with such an extraordinary idea? What keeps you going?
The first was to make people aware and see around and second one was generating revenue through our art. The love for nature and need for conservation is what keeps us going.
Does NVillustration contributes to Wildlife Conservation out of it’s revenue?
NVillustration donate to various NGOs as per the need and every month we donate a percentage of our sales to one international organisation and one local organisation.
Can you tell us about your ‘1000 days of art series’?
Our story began on a rainy day in 2017. We were at our favourite place, a water canal near our studio and a bright yellow coloured bird (Golden Oriole) flew above our head. At that time we didn’t knew what bird was that, but his bright yellow colour caught our eye. We were so mesmerised by that beautiful bird, we just kept looking at him. Next day our search for the Oriole began and it took us to many different places and during that time we discovered other birds like Drongo, Stilts,Cormorants, Ducks and many more. It was so fascinating to know that all these different species of birds are living around us which we were not aware about. We decided to share the beauty and significance of these birds with the world through our art.
We took up this challenge of making highly detailed birds every single day and in a miniature size so that it creates more curiosity for the viewers and engage them in learning more about the birds. We began our series on 1st January 2018, initially it was a 30 days challenge but after the completion of the first month we got an amazing response. So we decided to continue it for the whole year. But after the first year we couldn’t stop because there are so many other species which needed conservation and awareness. So finally we extended our challenge to 1000 artworks and included Animals and plants also in it. We completed our 1000th artwork on 27th September 2020.
What is your best selling art work?
artworks of NVillustration are one of its kind so there are no bestsellers. But we do a get a lot of requests for hummingbird artworks.
On what platforms do you sell your artwork? Where all do you deliver?
We just sell on Etsy and we deliver worldwide
How do you plan to grow your business in India? What challenges do you see?
We want our people to know our work and connect to it through their experience so we are planning to do physical exhibitions soon when the situation of world gets little better till than we are spreading awareness through our art in the virtual world.
Do you guys conduct art workshops to pass on this knowledge and art to others?
Not yet but we keep sharing our knowledge about nature through our art.
What message do you want to convey through your art work?
Through NVillustration art we want the world to understand the significance of birds and animals in their lives and help to save them. The main motive of our work is to spread awareness and knowledge about Nature through art. “Climate is changing we should also change now”