Aarti Badamikar works at a juncture of design, craft and art. Her practice spans the areas of textile design, craft revival and making of art. She is a Textile Design graduate from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai (2006) and has pursued her master’s from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 2009. She is an international awardee in craft design.
As a textile designer, she covers the spectrum of home textiles: prints, weaves, embroideries, styling and detailing for clients in India and around the world. While designing, she enjoys having a contemporary approach with hand-drawn patterns and textures along with traditional techniques. Apart from doing a desk job, she is always looking for an opportunity to work with craft. She works with local craftspersons and is very hands-on in her approach.
She also has a passion for teaching design as teaching for her is more of re-learning. She continues to be a visiting faculty at NID, Ahmedabad and NIFT, Navi Mumbai.
As a co-founder of Concept Art, along with her artist husband Mahesh Jagtap, she leads the studio in works of art. Art opens a new realm of concepts and materials which has unbounded possibilities of exploration and execution. Being a textile designer, she has a keen eye for detail which also translates itself in art.
When not in the studio, Aarti can be found travelling to places with crafts, looking for inspiration in the city of Mumbai, reading poetry or honing her culinary skills by cooking an elaborate meal.