Shivangi Gupta b.1996 is an interdisciplinary designer, maker and curator. Currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Design Products at the Royal College of Art (RCA), London; she received a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence in 2018.
Gupta has most recently worked as a Curator at Nature Morte, a contemporary art gallery based in New Delhi.
Growing up in Moradabad, commonly known as the ‘pital nagri’ literally meaning abode of brass. She has fond memories of visiting factories/Karkhanas, looking at different vernacular crafts such as sand casting, metal etching, and aluminium weaving and seeing industrial machines and techniques in effect side by side. This has left her with a keen interest in the processes with which objects are made and the wider systems within which they sit. Within a trend-based industry and design-first mentality, what happens to vernacular craft? How do we balance the space between sustainability, technology and craft? Through her work, she wants to explore “The New Handmade”.