I’m Shivani. I’m an artist and accessory designer based in the sunny city of Chennai, in the South of India.
Since my childhood, I have always had a paintbrush in my hand. Once I started design school and subsequently work, though, I lost touch with my art practice. Soon after graduating from design school, I founded a sustainable lifestyle accessories brand called Arture (the name being derived from Art + Nature).
In 2020, the Covid-19 lockdowns changed things. Amidst all the chaos and uncertainty of the world around me, I found my peace in art. After what felt like forever, I had the brush in my hand again, I was trying out media I had never tried before and it was magical.
Now, art is a part of me, gouache and watercolour being my favourite media. I love painting plants, birds, insects and am heavily influenced by traditional Indian art forms. You’ll find my art at the intersection of nature and culture.
To follow along on my journey, join me on Instagram (@shivani_patel09).