The pattern library is a pet project I'm working on currently. It's a platform to contribute to and use patterns found in monuments across India. It aims for a new kind of conservation – where artifacts aren’t just restored for a museum environment but replicated for contemporary purposes. Art tells amazing stories of history, culture and practices but sadly, work has stood for centuries is increasingly ignored with passing time. The pattern library gives them new life.
India has a fascinating history and it’s reflected in the architecture and art over centuries. Unfortunately, there’s very little awareness or interest in making huge financial investments that are need conservation of art and architecture. The Archeological Survey of India doesn’t have the resources to take care of all of the historically significant monuments. Conservation efforts are minimal compared to the amount of artifacts across the country and the state of disrepair they’re in.
2016, work in progress
FRAMING THE PROBLEM
How can I preserve some of India's visual heritage, make it accessible to everyone through a modern format, and create and sustain an open platform to share it?
The process of reverse engineering patterns has been rewarding for me. Pattern grids are sometimes so much more complicated than it looks and sometimes so much simpler. I hope that as I continue this project, I’m able to find some threads in the evolution of grid, repetition and motifs that tell the story of India’s history and show a visual representation of the diverse melting pot that India has always been.
1. Iterate map-based interfaces so that the patterns aren't viewed and consumed in a de-contextualized environment. The geographical and historical information needs to be provided with the patterns.
2. Test the concept with potential users and explore use cases that would define the interaction design
3.Design a sustainable business model - financial and in terms of engagement.