Piyush Suri is an engineer turned design thinker with more than 15 years of experience in the textile industry. He holds a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jiwaji University, Madhya Pradesh, PG Diploma in Textile Design and Development from National Institute of Fashion Technology at New Delhi, and MA Design in Textiles Futures, Fashion and Interior Textiles from University of the Arts, London.
With the aim to promote and support designer-makers who create their work in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Piyush Suri established an initiative by the name ‘Handmade in Britain’ in 2007. He now heads the initiative in the capacity of a Creative Director and works towards providing a platform to promote design and craft talent through fairs, events, and popups alongside workshops and mentoring. He has also authored a book titled ‘Handmade in Britain’ which features 90 designer-makers from myriad disciplines and showcases their work through their distinct design stories.
Piyush Suri has also worked with many export houses in India, designing and developing home textiles and soft furnishings. In addition to this, he has also contributed to print design companies in London and worked on projects that involved designing prints for fashion and interiors for Japanese, European, UK, and US markets. To reinforce his skills in crafts, he worked with the local craftsmen of Varanasi, Chanderi, and Jaipur as part of his project under Ministry of Textiles, India where he developed and designed fashion and home collections for the European market.
While working with as the Creative Director for Penates Editions in Southern France and Akin and Suri, he was involved in designing original home textiles and wallpaper for residential and commercial interiors. He has also contributed as a freelance consultant designer for companies like Crate & Barrel in US, Carocim in South of France and Clarion Events.
He recently visited the Indian Institute of Art and Design to guide the Level 5 students of Fashion Design for a two-week module titled ‘The Human Project’. Piyush helped the students assimilate their design sensibility and conceptual thinking while honing their skills of self-reflection and articulation of design using words. He also gave them insights on connecting with oneself at an emotional level and weaving design stories while working on a project for better results.
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