Nagaland Through My Eyes - Cynthia Kolakhe - Wall of Art^^Saturday, January 07, 2017
Cynthia's Art on the walls of Dream Cafe in Kohima.
So what came first? Art or Fashion?
The ar̥̄t was ther̥̄e even as a kid. I got into art first and then fashion followed. But I was always mix matching colours and easily combined art and fashion and that gave birth to my designs. My degree in fine arts has honed my sense of art more and I love the process of creating art fulfilling.
Describe your personal style.
I always wanted my style to be unique and I choose to be different from the rest. I wanted to modify everything I bought - doodling all over my clothes, adding tiny details to my bags and shoes etc.
My style always has a personal touch, comfortable and something that stands out.
I am a big fan of Fashion Designer Manish Arora for his colourful and unique designs; and Kelly Smith for his awesome fashion illustration and sketches.
I love travelling in the Northeast region of India. I also have a fascination for beaches.
I feel great when doing any Art or fashion events as it gives me immense space to explore and experiment. My favorite projects have been the ones where I also get share a message such as the NSACS Projects and what I got to do with Project72hrs.
I'm looking forward to and planning bigger art and fashion projects in collaboration with some famous icons. There is an art event called A thousand Art in New York where artists come to showcase their work and connect. I'm working hard to be a part of it and looking out for support. Fingers crossed.
Your thoughts on fashion in the NE?
Most of the NE people are fashionable and that's what I see in the state capital. For me, fashion is not about branded clothes but how we can mix and match colours and items of clothing to express yourself and that true style.
Present state of mind?
Murals/Street Art was always a dream for me to fulfill. I have a habit of drawing and painting empty walls or doodle on every blank sheet of my notebooks. It all started with mural art on my room walls at home, my neighbour's wall and eventually realised officially with my collaboration with Project 72 hrs for large scale street art to spread awareness and beautify the town. As of now, we are doing street art at our own expense for the love of it but hopefully, in future we hope to get commissioned by the Government to do more art or get some sponsors. That would be a great help.