Nath is a Fulbright Scholar, alumni of
The Central School of Art and Design , London, U.K.
A Textile Designer, Fiber
and Teacher, her association with Textiles began
in 1976. Gopika's
talent and expertise have been successfully
employed by the Corporate Sector, the Handloom Industry, Retail Organizations, Fashion Designers, Exporters and Educational Institutes.
with textiles as 'Art
for Wear', she created her own range of exclusive
hand painted sarees and scarves. She has worked with some of the leading Fashion Designers of the country and her work has been exhibited
in India and abroad. Of
this it has been said - "Gopika
Nath's professional competence matched with her free expressive
sense of styling and designing has made her collection of
sarees quite unique --- she is a painter, a designer, a
colour specialist. If
you choose to wear one of Gopika Nath's creations, it would
be a bit like donning an original painting."
a design professional, Gopika Nath is an acknowledged leader in more ways than one. In addition to teaching traditional subjects
relating to design, she has conceived,designed and taught
a unique design sensitization programme for management
professionals. She has also conducted lectures on
'Design and Society in the Indian Context'
highlighting various social issues that
remain largely ignored in the business of Design.
with various agencies under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles, and private organizations, Ms. Nath has considerable
experience of working with crafts
people in the rural
sector. In this regard, she has undertaken projects
for design and development of fabric in Block
printing, Ikat as well as Kashmiri hand embroidered
chain stitch fabrics and rugs. In addition she has worked
in the tribal region of Bastar to revive the dying handloom art of the region.
For someone who has worked so actively in the visual
realm, her evolution from Textile Designer to Textile artist has been a matter of course.
Once again she leads in this area as a "darer
on virgin ground. questioning the currently accepted parameters
of art.Her intellected stance may well help make the act
of art, socially more fractious."
is inspired to embroider, rather than paint on canvas. She believes that Textile Art is a key element in defining the future of India's hand-crafting legacy. Working with needle and thread, exhibiting
her work as an artist/ craftsperson in the environs of the
Art Gallery, she hopes to be able to
lend dignity to the notion
of hand-crafting as 'Art',
elevating it beyond mere skilled labour, as it is
largely considered today. The ideologies of the traditional
practice of hand-crafting in ancient India along with Hindu
Myths form a key feature of her current
research and expression.
Gopika Nath is well travelled and presents a world view in all her activities
and ideas. She has
studied in London and lived there for
a number of years; spent time in the U.S. researching Textile Art in America, and has also visited Japan, sponsored by the Japan Foundation, to meet and interact
with Asian Textile
Artists/ Designers. She is currently involved in various Art and Design activities
and writes on
issues related to Craft, Art, Design and Textile as Art.