Project: office design for Acumen Soft Technologies, Kolkata
Client: Arindam Sen, Partner - Acumen Soft Technologies
"I have known Garima for the past 15 years first and foremost as a friend but then while we branched out into our professional careers I had the opportuinity to hire her services as a consultant for designing our new office space. The result is for everyone to see. She did an incredible job considering the fact that there was severe time constraint and neither it was a big budget affair. We are proud of our office and have received great reviews from our visting clients from Europe. Thank you Garima for presenting us with such a wonderful place to work!!!"
Project: Sankhla Residence, Bangalore
Client : Vedika Sankhla
"We were extremely satisfied with Wildflowers. They study your space, understand your need and custom design solutions for your home, most importantly in your budget. Original designs that you won't see in other people's homes! Every guest who comes to our house now is full of compliments and that makes us very proud:) If you are getting your house or office interiors done, cannot recommend them enough!"
Project: Philips Light Lounge and Bosch Home Appliance showroom, Vijayawada
Client : Chakravarthy Pantham, CEO Super Power
"One of the best designers we have come across in Vijayawada. Very innovative and unique concepts which draw the attention of the viewers instantly. We have got our branded retail store designed and executed through Wildflowers and the output exceeded our expectations. "
Project: Facade Installations for 50 year celebration, Kolkata
Client: Brinda Sirkar, Director - A Sirkar Jewellers Pvt. Ltd.
"The commissioning of the project was a symbiosis of reasoning between the artist and the client. The brief was to create a 'spectacle' for the pedestrians, commuters (on private and public transport) and surrounding inhabitants, but not by deploying the usual cliches of pandals and/or lighting and banners that seem to be the sum and substance of event creatives in Calcutta.
The resultant solution provided by Garima was both, a surprise as well as a wonder. The installation, a light metal frame swathed in checkerboard gold fabric twisting and turning across the facade and covering the walkway, acted as a modulator of light as well as a diametric disorder in the arrangement of buildings and stalls through the streetside. The effect was akin to a magical golden flying carpet visually and the alternate solids and voids provided a distinct pattern of light (also golden) across the footpath and store front. The goal of spectacle, in perfect context, had been ably accomplished and this 'golden wave' remained in place through the year and became the centre of attention in this very busy, architecturally chaotic and incident-ridden commercial street.
Right out of graduate school, the dexterity with which Garima handled the complexities of design, construction, effect and experience spoke of a talent far more mature than usual. Also, addressing the criticality of endurance in a heavily peopled area, the handling of traffic vibration, the calibration of light, the governance of materials to weather months of exposure, and the manner in which she ensured structural integrity without compromising design are noteworthy. Similarly, the respect for place and people, the discipline of ensuring the safety of existing architecture, and her penchant for hands-on research all ensured she'd be working with a committed team both from her side as well as ours. And that, the aptitude for uniting disparate people and getting the best out of them, is possibly the rarest of qualities and, together with an NID lineage, makes her a rara avis of the design world."
Project: Photography Workshop at NID, Ahmedabad
Visiting Faculty, Navroze Contractor's Report
"From the initial choices Garima was most confused.... Dhobhighat, Potters, Fishermen and then at last selected the Lal Darwaza Fish Market! My Question to Garima was whether she was a non vegetarian or not? When I heard she was pure vegetarian I thought to myself, either she is foolish or she is very brave. She turned out to be very brave and her choice of subject was perfect for a woman to handle. Returning after the first day's shoot Garima looked dejected and I clearly remember she telling me.. "Its so boring, they just sit and sell fish all day long." I replied.. " what do you do? Take pictures all day long." After this she was back at work at once.
The fish market is a very dynamic place to photograph, and with extreme source lighting the most dramatic, and the fisher women not at all easy to deal with. To my very pleasant surprise Garima overcame all the odds and started to bring in good images. With very difficult lighting situations and angles, the darkroom work was tough but she too went at the prints...teeth gritting and fists clenched. Her interaction with her subjects must have been terrific as everyone looks relaxed in the pictures and she was even invited to their homes. Garima had listened carefully to the briefs of the first day and had worked it all out in her head... all these attributes show in her work. Considering that she is one of the shy and quiet ones, she has produced interesting and exciting work. Her portrait of the three women is definitely the best group shot of the lot.
PS : This footnote I could not resist to write:
Garima is always so well turned out, neat and unruffled she reminds me of the great photographer Margaret Bourke White. Ms White always saw to it that her hair was in place, her lipstick was OK and her clothes stayed ironed, whether she was photographing Mahatma Gandhi or the Normandy Beach landing in the II World War!"