Poorva Kulkarni – Thatte is an interior and landscape designer and artist from Pune. She hails from a family in Kolhapur who are connoisseurs of art and she was always fascinated by the art and paintings done by her grandfather. No doubt then, she developed the love for painting and art at very young age and has been practicing and studying it since her childhood.
Her love for art drove her to chose Interior Design as a career path. She excelled in her graduation course and was ranked amongst top 5 in Shivaji University, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. During her course, she interned with renowned architects and builders of Kolhapur which helped her get a deep understanding of Interior design, furniture design, product design, landscape design and sculpture and mural making. She was always interested in exploring new places and experimenting with new ideas and techniques. It led her to chose Florence, Italy to do her Masters as she was totally overwhelmed by the art the city has.
She did her Masters in Interior Design from The Florence Institute of Design International (FIDI), Florence, Italy. The masters at FIDI helped her take her design skills altogether to new heights. After a brief stint with a leading Architect firm in Florence, she decided to come back to India and founded her art firm Creative Strokes in 2014.
Today, Poorva and her husband Mihir Thatte manage the show at Creative Strokes. They provide their services in Pune and Kolhapur. The firm offers services like
- Art and painting clases (Egyptian, Warli, Madhubani, Glass, Pot, Orissa, Abstract painting)
- Elementary and intermediate classes.
- Ikebana – three months course weekly once.
- Interior and landscape sites, commercial and residential spaces.
- Furniture and product design
- Made-to-order table mats, tea coasters, greeting cards, bookmarks, files, dress and saree painting, cushion painting and canvas paintings
27 Workshops in Italy on Indian Art forms
Around 100 Workshops in Maharashtra
1000+ students trained so far
Approx 250+ Table Mats made per month
Demand for made-to-order artwork increasing month-on-month
The other facets of Poorva
Poorva was part of the Girl Guide movement from her schooling days. She has attended many Regional, National and International camps, jamborees, treks as bulbul, girl guide and a ranger. She had the honour to represent India for centenary celebration of Scout-guide movement at Chelmsford, London in the year 2007-08. She has been bestowed with a special award in the Girl Guide movement by the President of India.
She is a visiting faculty in various design institutes like Kalaprabodhinis, MMCC, etc.
She is also a graduate in Indian classical dance forms – Kathak, Kathakalli and Bharatnatyam. She also trains students interested in this field.
An expert in various Indian art forms like Rangoli, Henna tattoo making, Warli painting, Tanjore painting, Madhubani and Orissa painting, she has been experimenting with the paintings on various mediums like clay pots, fabrics, hand made papers, canvas, glass, etc.
I believe due to the art forms I do, my life is full of colours and happiness and want to share this joy with everybody – Poorva
Here are some more glimpses of her artwork.
Poorva has exhibited her art works in various exhibitions held in different parts of India. She can be contacted through her Creative Strokes Facebook page.