Published: 12th February 2020
Forget your diary, have you ever heard of a visual journal? Check this out
Manasa Jagiri's concept is to try and get people to open up about what they're going through and use a combination of words and artforms to document that in a visually appealing way
After a tiring day, the norm might be to Netflix and chill, but there are other habits we can build to relax. One such habit is journaling. We are all aware of jotting down our feelings in a book towards the end of the day, but have you heard of visual journaling? In this type of journaling, there are no restrictions. You can write, draw, doodle or illustrate — you can choose from a variety of options. And if you are still unsure of how to go about it, you can always ask Manasa Jagiri. This 28-year-old recently conducted her first workshop on visual journaling in Hyderabad and is rearing to teach more.
Manasa Jagiri | (Pic: Manasa Jagiri)
Five years back, Manasa pursued Fashion Designing from RMIT University, Melbourne and two years back, she started Jagiri, her own brand, under which, she offers chic ensembles for women. "It has always been my dream to start my own brand and this was like a dream had come true," states the youngster who describes her aesthetic as contemporary and minimalist. She also teaches Design Process at Woxsen School of Business and discovered that, "students find it difficult to express themselves and their concepts visually."
In the future, she wishes to expand her brand to include furniture and shoes as well and wishes to open a college for the underprivileged
Journaling is anyway a mandate for designers to keep a note of their designs and its evolution. Agreed that with the advent of phones, tablets and laptops, this habit has gone digital, but it is important to have all your ideas in one place and journaling is a good place to start. And before we think that this will involve efforts, Mansa clarifies that these are exercises that don't engage the brain, just keeps it occupied. Doodling and collage-making are just two forms to do this.
Some of her work | (Pic Manasa Jagiri)
People who are expecting a product by the end of the workshop should be wary, "This is an experience, something that you need to go back home and reflect upon. I find that most people are interested, but sometimes, they don't really understand this," she says and concludes.