Published: 06th December 2020
Nothing, not even ASD, can stop Preksha Rajendra from creating merchandise with her art on it
Vani Rajendra speaks about how her daughter Preksha Rajendra despite suffering from autism spectrum condition creates beautiful artwork on various objects like mugs and coasters
When the lockdown was announced in the month of March, Preksha Rajendra discovered her love for painting and she ended up creating beautiful mandalas, freehand designs and much more. Her mother, Vani Rajendra who was surprised and proud of her daughter's talent, checked with her friends if this art can be sold. That's when she realised that her daughter's art could be printed on mugs, water bottles, coasters and just about anything. Vani says, "My daughter Preksha is 30 years old and she suffers from autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But her talent and the power to grasp has seen no limit. Even before the lockdown, she has worked with a web design company in Bengaluru. She would be given small tasks to do in bigger projects. I think that is where she learnt the skills and discovered her love for art. When she had to remain at home, she invested all her time in art."
After checking a lot of options, Vani came across a start-up called Pumpkin Patch that prints artworks on mugs and various other objects, as per your choice. Preksha immediately co-ordinated with the team. Vani adds, "We have started our own studio called Vruksha Creations and we sell these unique printed coffee mugs, square-shaped coasters, water bottles and other products. But before getting the designs printed, we digitalise the works she has done on paper with the help of various software. Once it is digitalised, Preksha goes through it to ensure that there are no flaws in her work. So far, they have created over 10 designs on coffee mugs and bottles."
Aside from art, Preksha is also passionate about running and she is part of various running groups. She has also run the TCS World 10k held in Bengaluru. Despite being a person with ASD, she loves to do everything that you and I can do. Preksha can also solve complex puzzles in just three to five minutes and her strong memory supports her in remembering a large number of vehicle numbers that any other person would normally find taxing and complicated.