Arch Academy of Design organized its Annual Alumni meet, “Alumni Design Carnival”, on 30th January 2016. Since its establishment, the Institution has developed as a centre of excellence in learning and innovation, and has trained more than 6000 professionals and entrepreneurs from across the country . The Alumni Carnival is an annual event to bring the alumni and the present students together, to share experiences and moments of joy .
Around 200 alumni participated in the event. As the evening progressed, friends and batchmates started to mingle with each other and covered the colourful spots and styles with Selfies and Groupfies. Various fun competitions were held and the winners were duly awarded.
Sharing their experiences , the Alumni held a common view that , since Jaipur is a thriving student city, there college experience at ARCH was much more than just classroom learning .Moreover Jaipur’s heritage status ensured , that their learning at Arch was beautifully accompanied by the exposure to the rich local art, craft , culture and traditions , as well as first- hand knowledge of the talent of local craftsmen . This exposure contributed substantially to the evolution of their sensibilities in the study and practice of Design.
Fresco and other wall painting techniques have been a great means in our country for training the Indian mind for the appreciation of art, acquisition of knowledge and inculcation of religious feeling. The wall paintings of Ajanta, Bagh (in Maharashtra) and Cochin( in Kerela) serve some rare examples for the art lovers. The wet process of Jaipur wall - painting is designated as Arayash or Alagila or Morakasi. Rajasthan has not only preserved but extended this ancient art tradition in a living form. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) organised a 10 days workshop in collaboration with Arch Academy of Design.
This workshop is a part of skill development and capacity building programme of IGNCA. The lead faculty for the workshop was Prof. Bhawani Shankar Sharma, Mentor, Visual Arts Department, ARCH Academy of Design; Former Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Prof. & Head, Department of Visual Arts, Banasthali University (Rajasthan).
Ritu Kumar, a veteran of the fashion industry and one of the most respected designers in India visited ARCH. Having warmly appreciated the drape & color work of ARCH students collections during the Jaipur Heritage Fashion Week. She interacted with the students here, and discussed a project proposed by her that she will take forward with the institution for developing samples using Natural Dyeing techniques & basing it on the free draping techniques in which she found great potential. Ritu Kumar as a brand has been admired and worn all over the world. It’s a privilege for our students to work under her mentorship and taking fashion, textile and craftsmanship to greater levels of excellence.
This winter, Khadi Board launched the first edition of the Rajasthan Heritage Week where seven national award-winning artisans along with renowned designers came together to celebrate handmade fabrics of the state. ARCH Academy of Design had stall and the students were volunteered for the event. The students worked closely with designers like Bibi Russell, Ritu Kumar, Abraham and Thakore etc.
The Khadi Board and the Rajasthan government, in association with Prasad Bidapa Associates, organized this event highlighting modern luxury and beauty of heritage.