Indore : Rediscovering her passion and finding an outlet for her creativity, 25-year-old homemaker Fatema Bohra has a new dream to develop her art and mould it into business. While life has always been nice to her, her loneliness as a single child taught her many important lessons including staying away from depression.
Sharing her story, Fatema said, “I have always been inclined towards creativity that includes everything that might be termed as creating or designing.” Studying in St Raphael’s HS School, she found herself inclined towards art classes, but unsure of how to pursue it.
“After my schooling, I wanted to do something in computers as it was the coolest and latest professional field,” Fatema said. While choosing a logical career, she had to neglect her art.
“Though I must admit that my parents continually inspired me to keep my hobby alive, it seemed difficult to me,” Fatema said. She took admission in engineering in computer science stream.
“When I chose engineering, I wanted to become a developer, but then I realised that coding was definitely not my cup of tea,” Fatema said. As she could not understand coding, let alone develop software, she chose graphic designing.
“Designing was more like drawing on computers, so I could connect my hobby and enjoy it,” Fatema said. She learned to design logos and other little commercial items.
“During my college, while I did not enjoy studies so much, I loved participating in art competitions,” Fatema said. She participated in ‘best out of waste’ competition and bagged first position for her paper bag.
“After my college, I got a job where I had to go to government schools as an IT instructor,” Fatema said. While her touch for art was not much even then, she felt inspired by working with children.
“Children could draw images and visions of the world that one has never thought about, they saw beauty in even the worst situations,” Fatema said. While working with them, she felt more inclined to painting and sketching over designing on computers.
“After I got married in January, I had to stay home for visa processing,” Fatema said. While waiting to start her new life in Canada, she finally had time to find her way to art.
“Recently, I got back my scrap book, cards and all those little best out of waste experiments,” Fatema said. She had about 15 varieties of greeting cards in her school days.
“I tried my hand and practised painting again in the last couple of months,” Fatema said. She is inspired to find a way to develop her art if not for business at least for passion.
“I am sure there are ways to sell art and maybe earn my living too, but that is not my initial plan as I have time and supportive livelihood, so I can explore,” Fatema said.
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