Nina Mahmood is a fashion designer, artist and graphic designer. She is the owner of New India Bioscope Co.
Tell us about yourself, your background and what you do currently
I am a trained fashion designer but truly an artist at heart. My design philosophy is art translated. I look at everything as creating art. For example, a sari, for me, is a five and a half meter canvas to create art on.
I was studying to be a doctor but realised I was attracted to color and form way more than a white insipid lab coat and a stethoscope. I’m a workaholic. I love my job. It’s more play than work for me. I love gardening on Sundays and my cat Mr Toffee Tinkerbell.
I’m off to Paris for a show at the Eiffel Tower, which will be the very first in the history of France. I’m super excited about it.
Tell us about any current projects?
Too many things are in the pipeline! Once I come back from Paris I’ll be starting a creative photography project.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
The fact that I started with absolutely no monetary support was really hard, especially as this industry is too dependent on huge finances. But God is kind. Focus and hard work has yielded great results. It’s been a wonderful but tough ride, and I’ve enjoyed every bit of the good and the tough moments. I continue to be inspired to create more memorable work.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
The greatest achievement undoubtedly is when you have a dream and you do everything to realise it and make it happen. To actually have done all the right things to give shape to a non-tangible idea. It’s my greatest achievement to have stayed focused against all odds and made sure my dream of creating a cool label came true.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I would have been a trained artist.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
I’m inspired everyday by words more than people. By the idea of creating history. I’m inspired by originality, cool, offbeat ideas. I like to pick up inspiration from the simple, missable things of life. By India- it’s people and it’s culture.
What does the future hold for you?
Exciting things ahead!
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