Amandeep Kaur Bespoke Art
I am a British Sikh woman born and brought up in the UK. I love the UK and consider it to be my home. Having said that I am and always have been very proud of my Sikh heritage and culture. From the age of twelve, I was fascinated with Indian art and very inspired by work from British artists, twin sisters, Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh. Described as some of the most optimistic images of our multi-cultural world, the twins’ work draws largely on their own British Indian experience. I always knew that my art would likewise be influenced by not only my British values but also my Sikh faith and Punjabi culture. I completed my A levels in Art, Philosophy & Psychology of religion and English Literature. This further reinforced my passion for art and my interest in my own Sikh religion and my identity. I went on to complete a foundation course in Art and Design and then a BA Hons in Visual Communication, specialising in illustration. During my final years at University, the majority of my work was based on my Punjabi culture. I experimented with textiles and embroidery to create images of everyday life in Punjab traditionally for women. My strong Punjabi influence made my work very different to that of my peers, and although at times this had its disadvantages, I refused to follow the crowd and continued to link my artwork to my Indian heritage. I was mesmerised by the art of henna and mandala patterns, And traditional Indian floral designs. I practised this art passionately and enjoyed making my own beautiful intricate designs. These designs play a huge part in my artwork today. I wish to use my art to spread positivity, happiness and Chardi Kala vibes (positive attitude and being in high spirit). We all need to take a moment to appreciate the simple things in life and be thankful to God; during good and bad times. Life offers blessings as well as lessons and we must embrace all. I endeavour to touch the souls of many with my pieces which are uniquely crafted and bespoken. Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I didn’t set out to use art as a healing mechanism, but when I reflected on it, I saw how much it helped me find peace and calm. I realised that art made me happy and helped me forget all the troubles for a short while each day. When I am working on a creative project I am fully immersed in it and it is the best mindful technique that I would recommend to others.