Mehraj Textile Art
Sba graduated with a degree in textiles from Middlesex University in 2000, and her first solo exhibition was in Stoke Newington, London, in 2005. Since then she has been part of many noted exhibitions, including Nano Women (London Fashion & Textile Museum, 2011), where she was the Concept Creator as well as an exhibitor. Here female artists/entrepreneurs, specifically using technology, were given a platform to showcase their practice. Sba is also a regular participant on the E17 Art Trail.
Now a full-time artist, her 10 year-plus experience leading on Enterprise in Secondary Education enables her also to be an advisor for organisations delivering creative educational programmes. In 2014 Sba was awarded a scholarship to participate in The Arts & Passion Driven Learning course at Harvard School of Education, Boston, USA. In 2015 Sba received commissions from London Borough of Waltham Forest, ‘The Mall shopping centre’ to celebrate Walthamstow through her textile art. Her last exciting commission in 2015 was to be part of the ‘Fabric of India’ exhibition at the V&A museum. Here not only was she invited to create a textile art installation for one their Friday Lates called ‘Made in India’ but also to deliver a taster block printing session for visitors.
The differing Personas of Mehraj are an ongoing artistic journey, exploring the many facets of Sba’s personality, interests and passions. This makes her not just an interesting person but also a visionary artist. She wants to showcase her three main alter egos - the Mughal Indian Princess, the 1980s and 90s Bollywood Actress-Socialite and the Hackney Rude Girl - through her art.
“To create my pieces I use rich-coloured fabrics with various print techniques, which then can be embellished using embroidery or gold leaf: the play of light is an important part in the majority of the work I create.
The initial inspiration of my work comes from photography. My creativity and passion is fuelled by my Muslim Indo/British heritage, the art and history of the Mughal period, the Indian Royalty and their palaces, with the romanticism of the British Raj. I then add individuality to this with anything that tickles my fancy! "
I have extended my art into ‘Klassy Kitsch’ label; a range of designer scarves, including a collection of ethically sourced and produced scarves from Bhuj, Gujarat and Mumbai, in India.
For more information about Sba’s work visit: http://www.mehraj.co.uk/