Animation Film Design>Siddhi Rajiv Vartak
Student Name: Siddhi Rajiv Vartak
Guide: Dr. Shilpa Das
Godhadi (The Quilt)
The primary aim of the project was to express the sense of freedom felt within oneself when allowed to shut away from the rest of the world for some time, not caring about what others would think of one. While mending an old godhadi, a traditional quilt from Maharashtra, the film’s character floats away with memories related to the quilt. While simultaneously singing a self-made ovee, a verbal couplet about her mother, the protagonist almost has a conversation with the comforting space she is in. Here is where she can exist the way she wants to, reassured by the fact that no one can ever barge in. Since the quilt also stands for comfort, warmth, and a protective covering against the unpleasant weather, it is an interesting metaphor used to convey the student’s primary thought. Research was conducted at a godhadi-making workshop through informal interviews with the artisans working there. Secondary research involved gathering information from films and videos related to the topic and reading online content. Personal experiences and observations also became important inspirations. An ovee was composed in Marathi towards the character development of the protagonist. Working on this project has helped the student to become more comfortable and confident about her femininity.
Keywords: escapism, fantasy, freedom, stitching, women
Student Name: Siddhi Rajiv Vartak
Programme: B.Des.
Guide: Dr. Shilpa Das