Hailing from South kashmir’s Pulwama Town, Malik Azra ‘s passion for a medium like resin inspired her to create master pieces of Brilliance. For her , the unpredictable nature of art and her thoughts, which she pours on base , create a reflection of her .
Malik Azra Rashid – A born artist, with Masters degree in Commerce, started practising with this material nearly Five years ago, at a time when artwork resin was not easily available nor were there any guidelines on how to work with it. Azra Started her artistic work with high interest and successfully managed to develop beautiful creations. It all started as an obsession which later on turned into an affair,” says 26-year-old Artist who is also a faculty member at Lyceum international school Pulwama where she teaches art. A trained artist whose artistic and entrepreneurial journey began with fluid art which is similar to resin in terms of movement but quite different in terms of the end product and process. In 2016 i was pursuing my Masters degree and came across a video on YouTube from where my interest developed in Resin. Prior to this i used to make creations from trash. It was only in 2017 that i started my first outlet in the name of “ CRAFTS AND CREATIONS BY AZRA” in pulwama town. Since then there is no looking back, She adds.
She has received great recognition for her resin creations which range from working with Resin name letters to plates, frames to making intricate designs on pendants. Despite this, she doesn’t want to call herself a professional resin artist as she feels she hasn’t explored the many possibilities that this material offers. She is learning to master control over this fluid material and uses it in varied ways to take forward her artistic work as a whole On resin art , She points out that resin is a chemical , a mixture of organic compounds and one needs to take proper precautions before trying it. However, once an understanding of the medium is developed, there are myriad possibilities in-store.
Talking on resin process , She says that synthetic resin is mixed with a curing agent , typically at room temperature …then the mixture or two substances are poured into a mould cavity . The curing agent then converts the resin into rigid polymers, essentially hardening it. It takes around three to six days for the artwork to dry.
On being asked about how she understands Art , Azra says that Art is all about experimentation. The idea of art is something that is constantly evolving with new innovations and other mediums . Artists are playing a vital role in it , because they are people behind its evolution and Resin is the latest one .
She first exhibited in 2018 at SKICC Srinagar and got huge recognition , thereafter participated in many fairs. In 2018, She developed a brand “NESTA BY AZRA” That reads “Happiness is handmade” , Since Nesta’s inception, She got many orders and has many clients now. Born in highly volatile town of kashmir , which often shuts …, Azra paves a way and shows a path for all the beginners . She is a young budding artist and Entrepreneur. Whose mentors and inspiration are her parents . My parents have been my biggest supporters, she adds. She has successfully developed products on quilling art as well …. besides Resin and quilling , she has turned trash into wonderful creations , thereby recycling used-bottles, disposal glasses and other scrap . Her key chains and Quilling frames are among her most sold items . She is mostly working from home , but she has a separate workshop cum office as well .
Speaking about the process, Azra says that working with resin is a painstaking process, most laborious and it requires a lot of patience to gain control over this unpredictable material. Working with this medium has led her on a quest of self-exploration, and she hopes that through her art, the observer will be able to have a conversation with the colours they interact with.
During the lockdown , She experimented with this versatile substance even more and has been trying to immortalise objects she finds in her surroundings, for her to reflect on, once she moves on from this phase.
Azra wants to conduct workshops for people who wish to learn the craft provided she gets support from government ,local administration or from NGOs . She says, “It’s nice to leave little notes to people who will later follow you. When I began, there was not much information available, and nobody was there to help me. People would say, do it with love and it will come. I used to fail miserably and it would dishearten me. I don’t want other beginners to experience the same thing.”
These days she is busy in making coasters, bowls, Trays and platters of resin. She will soon be coming up with a collection of pure resin coasters and trays.
Now that she has more clients , Azra hopes that her art will travel….
However Azra says that since covid engulfed world , Arts and culture have experienced significant economic setbacks . Artists are without sales and work has stopped . This is worsening and will have huge impact on business in future. On being asked what next , Azra says , Next, is to keep on creating, keep beating this ar, t the whole process of creating with all your heart and things will just fall into place.