This piece was designed by Atul Dodiya for the Gyaan Project:
When Rohit Shroff decided to launch his non-profit initiative, he knew he had to bring together the two disciplines. Almost two years in the making, The Gyaan Project is a collaboration of his eponymous design studio with Citta Foundation, to benefit the construction of a girls’ education centre, The Rajkumari Ratnavati School in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Headed by Michael Daube, the Foundation works in poverty-stricken areas around India and Nepal. While the majority of the funds come from New York, Shroff is determined to raise funds domestically by incorporating what he does best.
Shroff took his signature combination of contemporary design and traditional craft, which has been an integral part of design practice for over eight years, as the inspiration for the project. The Gyaan Project invited 12 renowned creatives across various industries (designers, artists and architects) to submit designs for a decorative marble inlay plate. Shroff then translated their prints on round marble plates of a standard 18-inch diameter, or square-shaped versions that were 18 inches long in length and breadth. “The idea was to see how different designers, architects and artists interpret the same craft, and in turn create employment for the craftspersons,” says Shroff.
This description has been sourced from Vogue.
Atul Dodiya was born in 1959, he completed his B.F.A. from the Sir J. J. School of Art in Mumbai in 1982. His recent shows have met with enormous success and he has exhibited widely at galleries and museums both in India and abroad. Selected shows include The Wet Sleeves of my paper Robe, Bodhi Art, Singapore, Mumbai and New York (2006); Bose Pacia Gallery, New York (2005 and 2003). Atul Dodiya’s work has been included in many museum exhibitions. Selections include Indian Summer at Ecole Nationale Superiure des Beaux-arts Paris, Paris (2005); iCon; India Contemporary at the 51st Venice(2005). Atul was recipient of the Sotheby’s Prize for Contemporary Indian Art in 1999 and the Sanskriti Award in 1995. He lives and works in Mumbai.
This artist bio has been sourced from Archer India