Balakrishna Madana is a textile designer and illustrator. He was born and brought up in a south Indian village famous for its cotton fields and handloom fabrics. Being the only child in the family, he would often accompany his mother sari shopping and was always amazed by the colourful and vibrant patterns, rich silks and cotton weaves.
His education in India and UK helped him to gain more knowledge and to develop his passion for textile design. Pattern and colour have always played a major role in his work. He takes inspiration from a wide range of contemporary and historical resources recorded through his travel and research.
Balakrishna Madana graduated in MA textile design from Nottingham Trent University, UK in 2007. While studying he conducted a project in exploring the potential of creating visual narratives through surface patterns for fashion textiles. He was one of the forty designer makers from all over the UK to exhibit work at One Year On 2010 as part of New Designers in London. His work included collection of scarves, cushions and wall art inspired from the magnificent Mughal architecture and jewellery. He exhibited and sold this collection in independent galleries across the UK.
“I always look for inspiration around me where ever I travel, I like to collect things, take photos, and work on them, and draw beautiful visual stories using them. The intricate and narrative traditional Indian textiles have a great influence on my work.” Balakrishna launched his print design business in 2009 and has been working freelance developing trend driven prints for high-end womenswear apparel market.
Art on Fashion® is honoured to be showcasing the works of Balakirshna Madana.