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Harini Chandrasekar is an Industrial Designer with a specialization in textiles from India’s premier design school, The National Institute of Design. The prestigious Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Sweden as well as the Politechnico Di Milano in Italy added to her education and international perspective. She then went on to teach courses such as design concepts and concerns, print-making, sustainability and craft and strategic design thinking while working with several global clients across Sweden, Italy, Finland and India. She is currently enrolled in the Global Marketing Communication & Advertising program at Emerson College to add a new dimension to her skills. Harini hopes to integrate creativity with management to create new and engaging ideas in the field of marketing communication.


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Ideal Husband

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As children of the 70's and 80's growing up in India, my husband and I fondly reminisce over instructional school charts that expound good and bad habits such as "Do not talk while sharpening your pencils", "No playing with electricity", "Do not throw garbage on strangers" and my personal favorite "Do not fall off the balcony while flying a kite"! On the occasion of my husband's birthday, inspired by these charming portraits of our past, I set out to recreate a poster that would take us down memory lane. Below are the results. Enjoy!Print1 nocolorphoto 34lay(Images are subject to copyright)

Days 6 -25 Days of Christmas trees

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"By perseverance the snail reached the ark." Charles Spurgeon This last week my husband and I saw Christmas trees everywhere! From the fog-filled bathroom mirror to morning coffee spills and in the potato and onion peels as we fixed dinner. We crossed the mid-way mark of our self challenge this week which was definitely a highlight.  There were days when we were super tired or relatively uninspired but part of why it's called a challenge is to plod on especially on days like that, right? In this short time, I've learned that it's not always about doing something phenomenal. Sometimes its just about persevering and to keep on keeping on.


Festive Freebies!

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It's here! and one can definitely feel it in the air and in the first flakes of snow earlier today and glitter everywhere. To celebrate the holiday spirit, here are some freebies! Below are holiday cards I designed by just using different decorative fonts on Photoshop. It was a lot of fun to create this and I hope you guys will be able to put them to use. The images attached are in high-resolution and all you have to do is right-click to save and print. Enjoy!:)HOLIDAY SEASONcard1Card2card31

Of Album Covers & dog doodles

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Shakespeare famously said "If music be the food of love, play on." Recently I had the fun opportunity to design an album cover for a popular Chinese artist (also the proud owner of a rather dignified french bulldog) which will release in a few months time. She requested that the cover speak of nature and the melancholic and yet whimsical essence of her art.

Below is a tiny glimpse into some of the selected artworks and the process.  Enjoy.



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The series below are tessellations that play with basic optical grids and were created as I was reminiscing about my childhood obsession with Kaleidoscopes. There is something so absolutely riveting about the transient nature of the bursts of color and the fleeting forms encased within the hollow of a kaleidoscope akin to life itself!:)1IMG_76317

Conversing with clouds.

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As a student in Sweden, one brand that really left an indelible impact on me was the Finnish brand Marimekko which stood out in startling happy hues against the severe winter backdrop. The mural detailed below with pictures of the process has been created by re-purposing a Marimekko newsletter filled with their characteristic vibrant patterns & palette. These repositionable cut-out patterns have been commissioned by a client to be hung above a baby's crib. I can't wait to see what they look like in their final home!5. conversations with a cloud3Process1Process2Process4Process35. conversations with a cloud5. conversations with a cloud25. conversations with a cloud44.Marimekko newsletters utilized to create conversations with a cloud

Color & contrast mural mosaic.

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As I begin a new project with a rather vague idea and a plan to go with the flow, I'm reminded of this quote by Nancy Willard "“I dont have a clue how my story will end, but that’s all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, that’s when you discover the stars.” Stay tuned to see how this story unfolds.bacd

The perpetual garden.

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Lately, my husband and I have been obsessed with iconic mid-century furniture and embrace every excuse to go window-shopping for the same. Eero Saarinen's womb chair has been my inspiration to explore a backdrop of wall murals. The perfect chair to simply curl up in with a good book and over-sized plants that never need watering providing for a happy shade cover. 13254

Project Print Finale

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Fabric swatches printed on linen-cotton canvas that I just received from Spoonflower which can be seen on  True to their reputation, spoonflower delivered in quality and speed and the print is now available as wallpaper, fabrics or wall decals.IMG_7010IMG_7009Screenshot4

Snail Mail!

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"What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp." Author Unknown Do you remember the last time you received a handwritten mail delivered by the Postman? Paper that someone had taken the time to choose, the texture of blotted ink and the smell of something special. Thanks to Ziggy shortcrust's marvelous blog, I do! In this age of instant gratification, it is indeed a great joy to receive an envelope of happiness (which arrived earlier today:)) that I would love to share with you.

This link details a wonderful journey of attempting to revive the lost art of letter writing (as well as quirky n beautiful elf doodles:) Thank you Ziggy! Keep up the admirable endeavor.:)Letter3letter1Letter2

The human body.

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"The body is a sacred garment- Martha Graham" Today's post is a series of tactile swatches I created several years ago. As a student of textile design in India, it struck me that most of our traditional patterns and prints revolve around floral motifs, paisleys and the occasional geometric surface. This was an attempt to look beyond the obvious.

Inspiration lies within all of us. The Human Body is a rich source of inspiration full of life, energy and love. The following patterns have been derived from red blood corpuscles as well as the thoracic ribs and neural networks.Human body inspirationInspired from the Red Blood Corpuscles and articulated through an Indian craft technique known as “Tritik” or “Stitch Resist.”RBC 1RBC 2rbc3Patterns inspired by the Thoracic or Rib Cage derived from “Batik” or “Wax Resist.”ribrib1rib3Block Print yardage created from nerve endings and neurons.neuralneural2

Dangers of the deep.

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Some months back, I had designed these collections for a Threadless online competition ( titled "Dangers of the Deep." I worked on the idea that the real danger of the deep is humans and all the garbage we mindlessly throw into our deep and beautiful oceans. Textures were created through handmade rubber cut stamps. The sublime deep-sea creatures swim the dangerous oceans, eating anything and everything in their path including the sea waste we create. If you are what you eat, what then is a whale?Collection4Collection3Collection1Submission1

Ganjifa Playing cards!

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I'm pretty excited to share this project with you guys! A collaborative effort with a group of dear old friends, I created the back illustration inspired by Mughal marble inlay as seen in the Taj Mahal- Arguably, India's most iconic monument. The wonderfully festive packaging effort as well as the pictures are courtesy the company Original Copy. The idea for these circular playing cards was sparked by the craft of ‘GANJIFA’ or traditional playing cards introduced to India by the Mughals.

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