A platform for Design Professionals, Researchers, Academicians and Students to connect and network, discussing challenges and opportunities of various Design initiatives from their ideation stage to execution.

Despite the pandemic, we were able to hold the Aala Design Convention via a series of webinars. Returning to normalcy, the Aala Design Convention is currently scheduled for June 2nd and 3rd,2022 for Open Electives and July 8th to 9th for other events, 2022, with a wide range of programmes designed to allow designers and design professionals to network and gather information on a variety of updates on design topics.


June 02-03, 2022

Open Electives was planned as a two-day certified workshop on different disciplines for design & art aspirants of any field. The electives were facilitated by eminent and renowned designers and artists.

We believe such an initiative would spread awareness about Design and its various applications, especially in this Southern part of the country.
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A Design and Arts Aspirant to explore the unexplored design streams. The open electives were open to all ages.

List of Open Electives

Button masala: How to make clothes without cutting and sewing by Anuj Sharma

Can you imagine clothes without sewing? Button masala is a technique that replaces sewing and makes the construction of garments the most sustainable way. The technique involves only buttons and rubber bands. It is pretty much like the tie and dye technique but done with rubber bands. Button masala is a very quick construction method, possibly the cheapest in the world and the greenest for the environment. Each product can be recycled and restructured by simply removing the buttons and putting them in another place. The participants got trained in this technique in just one day on June 03.

Registration fee: Rs.3000 for others and Rs.2500 for DOT STUDENTS.

Anuj Sharma works mainly in areas of craft development...(know more)
Introduction to Fashion Photography by Manimaran Rajapandian
In this two-day workshop, our aim was to give participants a brief idea about how a professional fashion campaign happens from ideating to executing it.

Registration fee: Rs.2500 for other students and Rs.2000 for DOT students.
Manimaran R, a visual storyteller who is specialized in Fashion and art narratives...(know more)
A complete Makeup And Hairstyle Workshop by celebrity stylist & MUA Mr. Abu
In this workshop, the participants were Introduced to the Basics of Makeup Artistry, Equipment handle, Steps and guide for perfect makeup, Skincare, Self Skin Analysis, Preparing the face for makeup, Analysing the type and condition of the skin, Product selection, Right foundation knowledge of shade, For Lips - Colour & Application and Finding the perfect shade, For Eyes - Brow Grooming, Basics of Eye shadow & application, Tips eyeliner, Makeup Kits - Everyday Bag, Evening Bag, In your gym bag & For Travel. They will also be exposed to Brand Knowledge on purchasing products, Dos & Don’ts, Care & Maintenance Of Tools & Makeup, Grooming, Personal Hygiene, Grooming Tip For Men And Women, Care For Hair Skin Teeth And Feet, Good Impression and Makeover Magic.

Registration fee: Rs.2500 for others and for DOT students is Rs.2000.
A designer, Fashion stylist and a makeup artist by profession..(know more)
Art of Motion by Gaurav Juyal
Using the elements of colors, forms and music, we will study the technique and art of animation, create a small video and communicate a story.

Registration fee: Rs. 2000 for others and Rs.1500 for DOT students.
Gavrav has over 12 years of expertise in both formal and independent ..(know more)
Furniture Design by Samvit Blass
The aim was to give participants the idea about design and make one simple piece of furniture.

Registration fee: Rs.3500 for others and Rs. 3000 for DOT students.
Samvit Blass Taught Design at Raffles University in Shanghai and Mumbai ..(know more)
Creative Storytelling by Nina Sabnani
In this elective, participants explored story-writing through found images. Based on the written narrative they explored visual methods to create media artefacts in the form of storyboards/comic strips/ illustrations/etc amongst other possibilities.

 Registration fee: Rs. 2000 for others and Rs.1500 for DOT students.

Nina Sabnani is an Indian animation filmmaker, illustrator and...(know more)
Car Design Workshop
This field is a very rare field where art taste, imagination and engineering knowledge go hand in hand. This elective has let participants explore the Basics of Car Design, Glossaries, Body Styles, Proportions, Clay Modelling, Software, Perspective Drawing Techniques etc.

Registration fee: Rs. 2500 for others and Rs.2000 for DOT students.

Sathyaseelan Gangaasalam is the current Design Head of ..(know more)
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