Published: 07th November 2019
Let Himanshi Sharma paint your old clothes back into vogue — and you'll love it!
The Cuttack-based artist is full of ideas thaty range from contemporary to historically cult-heavy and her price usually depends on the print, but she takes Rs 200 for printing on old fabric
Have a favourite shirt that you are unable to throw away? Don't worry, we are all in the same boat. But here's what you could possibly do. Send it to Himanshi Sharma in Cuttack and she will transform them with her art. She even works wonders with saris and scarves. And recently, she informed us that she is open for business!
Himanshi has a head full of ideas, which she used to transform all her clothes. "I wanted certain designs and prints which I never seemed to get outside, so I made them myself. And then, I started wearing those hand-painted clothes more than the new clothes I purchased," she says happily. Also, it is completely in sync with today's trend of sustainability and environmental consciousness. Let's not forget that fashion is the world's second-largest polluting industry.
One of Himanshi's hand-painted jackets
It's been two weeks and the 20-year-old has received more than 35 orders via Instagram already. These orders are for customised prints on old clothes and fresh prints on new fabric. "If they want customised prints, I discuss the idea with them in great detail, send them a rough draft and then, get started on the fabric," she explains. Currently, she is receiving orders from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, but she intends to expand her reach soon and is in talks with courier services to make it happen. "I want to start painting on shoes too," she informs, but then again her semester has started and it might get difficult to balance everything. She says she is ready for the challenge.
It was in June 2019 that she started taking fabric painting seriously
Painting proved to be therapy for this Bachelor of Visual Arts student when she was in class XI and was going through a rough patch in life. It was also a great distraction. From painting on sketchbooks to doing portraits soon, her mediums changed and she transitioned into painting on fabric. But we were surprised when she told us that in her second year, she opted for Applied Art rather than painting. "I know that painting is my hobby and I don't want it to become my profession as my aim is to be in advertising. I will, of course, paint side by side," explains the student of Sri Sri University.
Samples of her work
For more on her, check out instagram.com/crazyteen.artation