Perfect patterns

Perfect patterns

Perfect patterns

All artworks begin small and in this case, it is one small stroke that helps Manjiri create concrete pieces of, sometimes abstract, geometrical patterns.

Ever since Manjiri, got interested in the world of ‘Zentangles’, there has been no looking back.      
An instrumentation engineer by profession, she quit her job and worked for a content development company where she and her friends developed content and study materials for many school and college students.

Her son’s entry into tenth standard led her to quit her full-time job and she used the time that she had for herself by looking at the works of her friends who were into ‘Zentangles’, researching about the artform through books and websites and experimenting about the artwork herself.

She was fascinated by the artform. As these strokes or tangles develop further, it’s said to instil the meditative state of ‘zen’. All things in the City are inspirations for Manjiri’s patterns. “It’s not doodling,” she says, firmly. “A lot of people don’t know where to start but the hand does all the talking.”   

An amateur artist, she initially found it difficult to practise the art and took about six hours to finish a piece, depending on the complexity of the design. Starting her first stroke with a normal pen in a ‘9x9’ piece of paper, she now uses an artistic paper and pigmented pen, with micron paints, for her designs.

Such artworks, she adds, do not require an eraser as it’s hard to detect a mistake when one looks at the larger picture. Her designs strike fine poses on wood, ceramic, tiles and other materials. 

“Sky is the limit. Once I started working on paper, I couldn’t stop myself from innovating.” Now Manjiri is a professional artist who sells her work in various local exhibitions and she has taken this on a larger scale as she makes jewellery based on these patterns.

“While in other artforms where you decide on the output beforehand and draw accordingly, ‘Zentangles’ offers a different perspective on art. One doesn’t have to think of the output before and the diagram takes shape through the first stroke. As your hand works with these techniques and patterns, you realise how much your mind and hand can wander on pen and paper. It’s another way of working backwards,” she says.

Manjiri is currently focussing on Indian themes to replace the Western concepts.

There are a lot of positive reactions that her art has received from her friends and members across her circle. She says that it’s a good trend as people are becoming more curious about the finer techniques of this art.    

However, she adds that much more awareness is required about the work. As each fine line locks itself into another, she says that it’s all about striking the first fine line and ultimately looking at a creation that evolves automatically.

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