Parul Naresh - Visual Artist, California
I grew up in the Himalayan region of India and currently resides in California, US. Being raised in the foothills of Himalayas, I often found myself spending time outdoors on forest trails and established a relationship with nature at a very early age. This connection has helped me grow as a human being and as an artist that I continue to nurture. I have a bachelors and masters in textile design from prestigious Indian universities. On completion of masters, I had the honor of receiving best student award from then Indian president and aerospace scientist, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
Presently, I orchestrate my life between being a mother, wife, educator, artist and social entrepreneur. I practice and advocate sustainability and environment protection through my work. As a printmaker, I work with natural fabrics using silkscreen, plant-based dyes, soy milk and earth pigments. Taking inspiration from elements of nature, my drawings on paper are focused on producing organic forms and textures through a mark-making process. For more than a decade now, my volunteer work supports local Indian artisans to create slow and sustainable textiles. Hand woven, hand dyed by skilled artisans and currently sold exclusively on my website: www.weavesandwildflowers.com The profits from the sales goes back into the community thus helping in sustaining their livelihood while caring for planet Earth.
Color Specialist, Professional Development Certificate, FIT NYC, US
2019 - 2020
Visual Arts, UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, California, US
Natural Dye Intensive Eight-Week Textile Workshop, Penland School of Craft, NC, US
2002 - 2004
Master’s, Textile Design from National Institute of Fashion Design, India
1998 - 2002
Clothing & Textile Honors from College of Home Sciences, India
Exhibitions and Awards
Artwork 'Mystic Trails' is one of the 32 artworks selected from the pool of 981 works by 288 artists for a group exhibition at Axis Gallery, Sacramento, CA. Exhibition is curated by artist and curator, Kevin B Chen.
Artist-In-Residence at Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina
Recipient of Distinguished Fellowship awarded for a 4 week Winter Residency Program at Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, Penland's textile studio that aims to focus on exploring ideas, researching sustainable plant-based material to create artwork.
Drawing titled 'Yearning' featured in the East Bay Artists 2021 Art Book, A fundraiser for ArtPush, an artist-run non-profit organization that supports local emerging and established east bay artists, California.
Artwork ‘Flowers of Costa Rica' a series of small drawings, selected to be exhibited at Sebastopol Center for the Arts (SebArts) for an environment-based exhibition, Black/White And Shades Of Gray. Exhibition is juried by artist Harry Frank and feature works by many talented artists from Bay Area.
Artwork 'Marking Landscapes' a series of 6 drawings, and artwork 'Mystic Trails' selected to be featured in a juried exhibition– Take A Hike at Vision Gallery and the Chandler Center for the Arts. Exhibition features works by many talented artists from Arizona and beyond where artists share their appreciation and experiences of hiking the myriad trails across Arizona and further afield.
'Seedpod Drawings' a series of 6 drawings, selected for a juried exhibition–Transitions, a show of two-dimensional works by artists from all over the Bay Area, intended to demonstrate how events of 2020 have effected the artists new works.
Piedmont Center For The Arts, Piedmont, California
Artist-In-Residence at Mauser EcoHouse, Mauser Foundation, Costa Rica. Residency focuses on sustainability through art practice and day to day life choices.
Artist profile along with 3 artworks published in SeedBroadcast agri-Culture Journal, Cultivating Diverse Varieties of Resilience #16 , a bi-annual publication is collection of poetry, inspired thoughts, essays, photographs, drawings, recipes, how-to’s, and wisdom gathered together from a national call out to lovers of local food and seeds.
Artwork selected for inclusion in WHEN exhibit at Manifest Gallery as part of the Five Themes Project, Ohio
Artwork selected for juried exhibition at Envision Arts, an International Online Art Gallery
Also received Honorable Mention for the selected artwork at the exhibition- TEXTURED
Artwork selected for juried exhibition at Lab 15 Art Prizes, Malamegi Labs, Italy
Parent Artist Residency Award at Kala Art Institute, California, supported by Sustainable Arts Foundation
Semuel A. Almun Work Study Scholarship (Fully Funded) at Penland School of Craft, North Carolina, USA
Selected for fashion show as “Show-Opener” with knitted linen outerwear collection, India to promote sustainability through use of natural fiber
Best Academic Student of The Year Award at National Institute of Fashion Design, India
Teaching Artist at Achievers, an afterschool program in Fremont, CA for elementary and middle school students. Conducting summer camps in art and crafts, painting, and textiles.
Teaching Artist at Vision Gallery, Arizona. Gallery hosts VISION KIDS, a series of art classes taught by professional artists for kids ages six to sixteen, offered free of charge. Echoing with the vision of the gallery, my art sessions are designed to give the kids anopportunity to develop important avenues for self-expression and an understanding of the creative process.
2017 - Present
Conduct weekly art classes and project-based sessions for kids ages five to sixteen. Lessons are aimed to provide a child their personal space to grow their creativity, means for self-expression, letting them choose their areas of interest and guiding them throughout thus help strengthen the skills.
2004 - Present
Support sustainable textile and the related artisan communities by adopting and promoting slow-fashion textiles, India.
Visit https://www.weavesandwildflowers.com to read stories about our efforts in textile sustainability and to view our products
2017 - Present
Printmaking using silkscreen, natural dyes and earth pigments, California
2017 - Present
Conducts textile art workshops focused on use natural dyes for nature enthusiasts, California
2015 - 2017
Artist-In-Residency at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California
2007 - 2012
Instructor at NIFT and other Design schools for Art & Design courses, India
2002 - 2011
Designer: knitted, woven apparels & home interiors textiles, India