KarigarProject

Karigar Project

Toronto, Canada · 6 Sales

KarigarProject

Karigar Project

Toronto, Canada 6 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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'Karigar' is an Urdu language word meaning 'artisan', or 'the skilled one'. This Project is the brainchild of Tazeen Qayyum, an internationally renowned, socially conscious artist, and speaks of her vision about renewal and rebirth. Her expert hands take the most mundane objects and turn them into extraordinary art. These pieces are given a new life and transformed into cherished treasures for the ages.

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Welcome!
'Karigar' is an Urdu language word meaning 'artisan', or 'the skilled one'. This Project is the brainchild of Tazeen Qayyum, an internationally renowned, socially conscious artist, and speaks of her vision about renewal and rebirth. Her expert hands take the most mundane objects and turn them into extraordinary art. These pieces are given a new life and transformed into cherished treasures for the ages.

Tazeen Qayyum

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Ami Bevilacqua

Ami Bevilacqua on Apr 29, 2014

4 out of 5 stars

Great item, was very pleased with the quality of the material. Only downside was that in the picture and description it said maroon yet the tassels came orange which I don't think looks as good but overall a good purchase. Thanks.

About

Why This? Why Now?

When I was introduced to the term ‘upcycling’ in recent years, I realized immediately that it described what I had been doing since a very young age! Turning fruit crates into coffee tables, doors into headboards, or wooden logs into dinner tables, was not simply décor born out of necessity, but also a creative experiment to express a concept and satisfy my soul.

So when I look at an object or a piece of furniture that appears outwardly to have reached the end of its life, I see its possible history, as well as its potential for rebirth. This transformation is what drives the artist in me. A discarded old knife block can become the vessel for my style of miniature art, and is upcycled to a point where it can rise above its original form. Sure, it could be used again for the purpose it was created, but this time admired for its beauty in a way that it was never before. Or it could happily function as eye-candy on display! In either case, it meets the goal of upcycling, which is to use existing materials rather than new ones, in order to reduce energy usage, air pollution, water pollution, and so on. Upcycling is different from recycling because it involves making something of equal or better value without downgrading the original material or creating more pollution during the process.

The impetus for my project stems from the issues I have with many present day furniture pieces, which have an unappealing plastic look about them. And even the ones that don’t are often mass produced and omnipresent in interior design, so that it has all begun to look the same to me! This got me thinking that artists can play a bigger role in the field of interior design by taking their art from the gallery walls into people’s homes, and having their pieces become usable parts in people’s lives. I impart my stamp on each piece, and they all represent the ancient art of Indian miniature painting, which reached its glory between the 16th-17th centuries. This style reveres the use of brilliant color and incredibly fine brushwork. It’s my way of creating a new style of interior décor. The juxtaposition of an object’s own history, and post-makeover, the history of my art form, is where an old knife block becomes Art Upcycled.

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    Tazeen Qayyum is an established contemporary artist calling Pakistan and Canada her home. She specialized in the traditional style of South-Asian Miniature Painting. Her work has been shown internationally in both solo and group exhibitions.

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Last updated on August 13, 2012
Welcome to Karigar Project!
'Karigar' is an Urdu language word meaning 'Artisan' , or 'the creative one'.
This Project is the brain child of an artist couple living in Toronto who believe in the power of collaborations to do good.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
We accept paypal. For personal checks please send us a message.
Shipping
For Smaller Pieces: We will ship via Canada Post, keeping it reliable yet reasonable.
For Large or Oversized Items: Furniture Items May Be Locally Picked Up or Delivered for a Fee. Freight Shipping is also Available. Please contact us before purchase for price.
For International Shipments: We can ship to International buyers as well. Send a message with your location, we'll be happy to look up the shipping costs for you.

We will refund any overcharges back into your paypal account or issue check.
Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final.
Please note that every item in our shop is an art piece, its handmade or hand painted using reclaimed objects therefore is sold on As Is basis.
Additional policies and FAQs
Everything here is either one of a kind or in limited edition.

We can personalize objects for you! For instance, We offer to work directly with people and give a new life to something special of theirs that they've owned for a long time.

Also people can donate their unwanted furniture and other objects that can be used in 'Art Upcycled' and keep them away from becoming dreaded landfill! I offer discount coupons if they do so.