Having grown up in Afghanistan, and seeing all the destruction and chaos around her, Lakshmi cultivated a keen desire to create rather than destroy, thus began her sojourn of design.
Lakshmi studied architecture at the Manipal Institute of Technology in India. On completion, she joined prominent architecture firm Benjamin and Benjamin. Working on creating structures, Lakshmi soon began to feel constrained by the realms of society, which was not ready to shed its traditional moulds of a conservative lifestyle.
Travelling throughout Europe and Asia, Lakshmi studied art and fashion and jewellery. Her experience enabled her to incorporate these cross-cultural elements in her designs.
Following her travels, Lakshmi began teaching fashion design at NIFT in New Delhi. She soon relocated to Singapore, where she continued teaching at Lasalle School of the Arts. She has not only seen her students win International Awards, she herself has won awards and recognition.
Over the years, Lakshmi has also used her talent as a skilled artist to spread messages for the betterment of society. She has tried to convey the messages on various social aspects through illustration by working with the World Health Organization, Voluntary Health Association of India, World Wildlife Fund, and the National AIDS Control Organization to name a few. Her illustrations are very explicit and easy to understand.
Now a master of art, architecture, furniture, fashion and jewellery design, Lakshmi has a plethora of work in many mediums including pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, acrylic and watercolours.
Lakshmi has design studios in both Singapore and India.
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