Interview with Anjani
Weaving Magic with Strings
Anjani, String artist
Anjani Tank is a string-artist based in Maharastra. Anjani weaves magic with strings to make awe-inspiring string arts. She experiments with patterns and shapes to produce dazzling designs.
Although Anjani has been creative since childhood, it took her many years to listen to her creative soul, and become an artist. In fact, she didn’t start calling herself an artist, or sharing her art with the world, until the last year of her graduation
Read on more to find out Anjani’s artistic journey
Every artist has their own personal definition of art. What is yours?
According to me art is what you see/feel/know/wonder/imagine something and then turn that experience into an object. An artist does not perfect something, they move on to the new & different.
What was your childhood like? Do you believe the creative adult is the child who survived?
I was not great with my studies, and to be honest I wasn’t aware about my artistic abilities. But my parents always had my back and helped me to recognize and develop my talent. As we grow up, we start to limit ourselves to certain possibilities. Art helps us to become a child again and be more imaginative.
Can you guide us through the process of making string art?
-Raw materials should be kept handy, such as – Wooden Board, Stencil or Pattern, Nails and Hammer.
-The wooden board should be painted.
-Stencil should be placed or the design should be drawn.
-Nails should be hammered at a distance of 1cm approximately.
-Outline should be stringed, and then the artwork should be filled until complete.
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Every artist has that motivation from someone in their life to pursue their chosen path. Who gave you the courage to choose art as a career?
My motivation to pursue my dream is my PARENTS. They have given everything they can and never stopped me from doing whatever I love, never compared me to anyone around and they clearly saw something in me that no one else could see when I was a kid. They are the one to give the courage, confidence and strength to face the world by being myself.
When did you realize that art was your calling?
When I was about to graduate just a year before that I got to know that art was it.
Where do you see yourself in the next ten years, as an artist?
I hardly plan my future, all I focus about is how to make my present better and learn from my past experiences as well. When I was a kid I never planned to become whatever I am today and here I am doing something creative and good.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I am a big time animal lover and I can’t stand anyone misbehaving with animals.
If you had a super power, what would it be?
I would really love to become invisible or read minds it would be a real fun.
What advice would you give to those artists who are interested in pursuing a career in string art?
String art is not something you would love to do in your daily routine until unless you are passionate and really love doing it. It’s not that hard but you always have to come up with new interesting concepts to attract the customers. Lastly, I would mention that every time you create a string art, you will always be better than before.
How has being an artist affected your personal growth?
Being an artist has increased my confidence level, connected me to great artists and increased my eagerness to learn new things everyday.
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