Dreams by Insiya Dhatt *BEST IN SHOW AWARD (2nd Place)


Dreams is a conceptual project that symbolizes the elusive nature of dreams and aspirations. As individuals engage in assembling the mobile and personalizing the accompanying books, they embark on a transformative journey of self-expression and discovery. The project prompts contemplation and balance of aspirations in shaping our lives and explores the connection between dreams and our lived experiences.

The materials used in the project include light-colored Kozuke paper, intricately laser-cut wood hooks, and connectors. All these components are carefully enclosed in a box shaped like a book, adding an element of anticipation and storytelling to the experience. As individuals thread and construct the mobile, they have the opportunity to weave their own dreams and aspirations into the artwork. The books act as blank canvases, inviting the addition of personal stories, musings, and reflections.

Dreams is a variable edition consisting of 10 sets, each featuring 8 hangers and 20 hooks. Each set comes with a variation of books. Included are: Paper case bound books, with blank Mohawk SuperFine text paper and accordion folded books made from a single sheet of cut patterns. All the books are covered with Kokuze paper that has been laser etched with patterns & words. The box and mobile, crafted by the artist, are made from Baltic wood and incorporate a living hinge technique, enabling a graceful curve. 

Assembling instructions:
Start by identifying the main support structure for your mobile. This can be a hoop, a cross-shaped frame, or any other desired shape that provides stability. Hang the main support to have a clear view of the overall aesthetic as you build the mobile.

Begin assembling the mobile by selecting two books. Each book should come with a sewn hook that allows it to be easily attached to the hangers. Choose books that balance each other visually and in weight.

Decide whether you prefer to add one book for every level you build or use a connector with two books balanced. Consider referring to the illustrations provided for a visual reference of these options. Adding one book for each level will create a tiered effect, while using a connector with two books balanced will offer a different visual arrangement. Choose the option that best suits your artistic vision and desired aesthetic..

Assemble the mobile by attaching the books and connectors to the hangers. Ensure that the mobile remains balanced by adjusting the placement and weight distribution. The use of S-curved hooks can help prevent the books from swinging into each other's paths and add weight to one side over another, aiding in balancing the mobile.

Periodically step back and assess the overall balance and aesthetic of the mobile. Make adjustments as needed to achieve a visually pleasing composition.

Once you're satisfied with the arrangement, ensure that all attachments are secure and that the mobile hangs evenly and safely.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to build a mobile. It's about making choices that create a balanced and visually appealing composition. Experiment with different arrangements and adjustments until you achieve the desired result.


Artist Bio

Insiya draws inspiration from both her birthplace in the desert of Rajasthan and the intensity of her hometown Mumbai. After receiving her Masters in Banking and Economy, she spent 15 years shaping the face of eCommerce. During the following years, she left her position in the dot-com world to devote herself to art.