Hillman Curtis, says,
“The goal of a designer is to listen, observe, understand, sympathize, empathize, synthesize, and glean insights that enable him or her to ‘make the invisible visible’.”
In today’s #FridayFeature focusing on the #WonderWomen segment we present who does just this and much more. Meet, Architect, Interior designer, Set Decorator and Space & Flatlay Stylist, Shivani Shilotri. How does she manage such a diverse work profile and what made her get into designing? Let’s find out in her own words.
“As a child, I was always drawn to creative things, right from the way someone set up their home, to those over-the-top houses I saw in Bollywood movies. I used to wonder who lived is such palatial houses and how living there must be like. It was much later that I came to know about a whole profession that existed around designing and creating those spaces! That’s when I knew set designing was my calling.
Being an architect, I always knew I had to do something creative. Being in set designing and creating beautiful and new sets everyday challenges my creativity which makes me want to do it even more. There have been a lot of sleepless nights and have been on foot for several hours at once for Sourcing props and making those sets happen; it’s definitely not at all glamorous behind the camera. But if you are passionate about it then at the end its worth it.
To create something new every day on set challenges the creativity in me which makes me keep going at it. The journey so far has been filled with a lot of sleepless nights, there has been a lot of hard work but that’s what makes it more satisfying. To think that someone just like my childhood self will watch the outcome on the screen and be awed by the beauty of the space designed by me, makes me keep going, growing and improving in the work I put into designing each set. I have worked as a set dresser for Bollywood movies, commercials, and also taken up interior design projects in Mumbai and abroad. All have been very different from each other but amazing in their own way.
Every set has taught me a lot and I expect to keep working and keep learning and give back something to the world. I would say my Future plan is to make more sets for movies and create good content for my new venture on Instagram with my handle @highonhues. My learnings are that
“One needs to keep working hard, keep learning, keep growing, and give back as much as one can in whichever way possible”
and most importantly
“Take care of your health and travel as much as you can, because each place makes you learn something new, not only about the world but also about yourself.”
To drop in a word to Shivani, or to check out (and follow) her works as an Architect, Interior designer, Set Decorator and most importantly as a Space & Flatlay Stylist, follow the links below: