Anshoo Rajvanshi, a post graduate in fine arts from MSU Vadodara, is a seasoned professional with over two decades of valuable experience in the field of paintings, murals, design, craft and fashion. She has been a national scholar in the field of murals awarded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India. Being strongly inclined towards art as a form of creative expression, she has conducted numerous workshops and solo shows at Vadodara, Jamnagar, Ahmedabad and Delhi, and has been a part of some well-acclaimed group shows in India.
During her tenure as an academician, students have had the privilege of learning myriad design concepts and principles like visualisation and representation, elements of design, craft and culture, art and design aesthetics, history and philosophy of design, design methodology, professional communication and documentation, and packaging design. During her tenure of close to a decade at NIFT (Delhi), she was an integral member of the team for curriculum development and implementation. Being in fashion and lifestyle accessories department, she has been closely associated with the industry, and was instrumental in documentation and design intervention in craft sector.
She has facilitated the project for study on protection Indian handicrafts under IPR in the state of Haryana, India, through design intervention workshops like Moodha making at Farrukhnagar, Jooti making at Rewari and Pottery at Jhajjar. She was also involved in a study on the development and availability of alternatives of poly bags through eco-friendly items in the Handicraft sector for the office of Development Commissioner Handicrafts under the Ministry of Textiles.
Owing to the extensive exposure that Anshoo has in the field of art, craft and design, she has co authored some noteworthy academic papers and even presented them on a global platform. Perceptions to Possibilities: an approach to Design was presented at the 8th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices (Vancouver, Canada). Craft Redefined: An expression, was selected at the 17th IFFTI Conference in Florence, Italy.
Being an innovator and explorer, Anshoo believes in staying abreast of global trends through research and participation in various seminars and conferences like Insight India, the Australia India Design Platform, Abhushan (organised by World Crafts Council in collaboration with Gem Jewellery Export Promotion Council) and Indian Design Forum, to name a few.
Her engagement with an NGO is a journey she hopes to continues towards skill development, design intervention, as well as development and implementation of sustainable business models in the rural sector. At IIAD, Anshoo being part of the foundation team would continue to nurture students for various pathways in design with an eye on future and emerging trends.