We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaveri Singh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaveri, what principle do you value most?
Guiding values that I live by are kindness, intention, presence and beauty. They motivate me in all I do. I try to live my life in the most open and kind way that I can. I do my best to live openly – not in a shut down way – in an open state of mind, approaching where I’m going, what I am doing, who I am with — fully in the moment. When I do something, I want to engage completely – it doesn’t matter what I’m doing, it could be washing my dishes. Present in my actions, I watch myself. When you have a sense of beauty, I think it changes your brain. There is a stillness that occurs at a certain point of the process -it’s similar to a meditation. It’s a practice. When I’m creating art for myself and clients, it’s a still place, it’s where the noise ends, it’s a’ being’ place, everything becomes one.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about?
My time traveling, ninja art skills and sensibilities as a classically trained 16th/17th century decorative guild artist, living in modern day times. My unique capacity to bridge and blend worlds, attune and style uniquely to all that is you. A Maker of beautiful things. Plus, I’m a lot of fun and happy all the time. Fluent in: Chinoiserie – hand applied gold leaf and bas relief raised gesso; Verre Eglomise – water gilded and hand etched precious metal with Japan pigments; Wood Panel-egg tempera and oil glazes; Faux Bois – traditional wood grain; Marbelizing – fantasy marbles and other precious stones; Trompe L’ Oeil – to fool the eye; Egg Tempera – you’ll get the real deal with mineral pigment and egg yolks; Sumi Ink – I hand grind the ink and illustrate on traditional Washi paper.
How did you get to where you are today professionally?
Born in India, lost in translation, LA adopted. Art schools, school of life. LA design houses are where I really hit the map (Pasadena showcase, Paul Williams estate, the historic Greer Garson mansion to name a few).
Was it easy?
Let’s say it’s been an adventure.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
Be happy, be whole, eat chocolate, drink black tea with milk, the civilized way.
What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I want my work to have an impact on those who live with it, to bring a sense of openness, freedom, and joy, to bring beauty in and, it is what we all need. Taking a fluid approach to design, creativity and art, my work is informed by all who are in the process – be it a designer, client or collective.
Let’s say your friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, hang out, etc.
Best time ever for an LA local outing – ‘let’s go to the Getty Center! Love the gardens – one of my favorites – like a modern day temple, monolithic stone and open space for a meander. We move along with grand scale rocks that shift in scale to pebbles, arriving at the center piece – a planted mandala of complete symmetry – seasonal, blooming, riots of color. More time, can you say road trip up the coast! Pebble Beach, Monterey, Big Sur – here we come. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – oh, the redwoods. Massive, sentinels standing at guard. 300 feet tall, over 2,500 yrs old. Great little Inn, amazing place Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. Great breakfast -oh man – eggs bene, fresh OJ – very good. Henry Miller Memorial Library – originally the late author’s home, now a museum with a funky bookstore. Tapas and beer — make a rezzy at Loquita in Santa Barbara in the Funk Zone. Raoul Fabrics – across from Loquita – family owned, beautiful silk screen prints, hand printed, original inks and hand-built screens, very fresh, bold, blended with tradition, very california vibe, high end.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
California Artist – Edward Beardsley, the teachings of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche and Tsering Gellek – Director of the Sarnath International Nyingma Institute. Happy to be on the life train with Marni Gittleman, friend, [add] community artist, ideator, actualizer. Keep a look out for a community engagement project we’re collaborating on @whats6feet. Inviting you all to join in and be a part. Of course my shout out wouldn’t be complete without my partner in life and art TJ Singh! TJ Singh Design
Tj Singh Marni Epstein Don Lewis