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The Taxi Fabric project

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If I say Taxi Fabric, what comes to your mind? There is a proverb that says that to really grasp the meaning of a city, as well as eat its street food, you should try the taxi. Well, here in India they really gave in! The project name is Taxi Fabric, created to bring together young Indian artists (designers, illustrators, etc.) with taxi drivers in Mumbai, in order to make their vehicle a true style icon. The artists who gave outburst to their creativity are 25 but obviously it’s a work in progress project.

Aditi Dash is 24 and titled her work “Nocturnal”, as the city that never sleeps, and the night creatures that come out of the dark in search of prey in the stars. Shivalini Kumar instead, with “Happily Ever After” has created an homage to the architecture of her city, in which beautifully styles of each gender and age are blended; from Gothic to Victorian, from Art-Deco to Indo-Saracenic, obviously passing through the most contemporary buildings. Ankita Shinde also worked on the city and found a way to take a break from the terrible chaos and traffic that chokes Mumbai: “Stop. Breathe. Feel “is the time that everyone should take to breathe, to feel things, to take a little joy, to dance in the rain. On the opposite side, the Pranita Kocharekar’s taxi “You & I” is a freeze-frame on the business city life, told through its people and their work.

Nocturnal by Aditi Dash (The Taxi Fabric project)
Nocturnal by Aditi Dash (The Taxi Fabric project)
Happily Ever After by Shivalini Kumar (The Taxi Fabric project)
Happily Ever After by Shivalini Kumar (The Taxi Fabric project)
Stop. Breathe. Feel by Ankita Shinde (The Taxi Fabric project)
Stop. Breathe. Feel by Ankita Shinde (The Taxi Fabric project)
You & I by Pranita Kocharekar (The Taxi Fabric project)
You & I by Pranita Kocharekar (The Taxi Fabric project)

And then of course there are special projects, supported by TEDxGateway. Very beautiful. As the work of Harshit Vishwakarma on LIS, the Indiana Language of Signs. In India there are about 15 million deaf and dumb people and if we all knew this language, which is essentially a visual method to communicate, every day we don’t lose 15 million of conversations. Design in India is conceived as something luxurious, and taxis are certainly not cheap so the Harshit’s idea of trying to solve a social and wide problem using an object (in this case a taxi) appears winning! The other useful and beautiful project is “Special Dost”, the taxi illustrated by Shruti Thakkar and colored by the students of MANN, for the disabled.

Special Dost by Shruti Thakkar (The Taxi Fabric project)
Special Dost by Shruti Thakkar (The Taxi Fabric project)

All the projects can be found here: http://www.taxifabric.org/#twentyfive

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