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Geetika, Founder of VAWAA Vacation with an Artist

Geetika Agrawal, © photo Gandharv Bhagat

I am inspired by leaders who are constantly taking risks and pushing boundaries to create a better world around us.

Name

Geetika Agrawal
KleinHerz

               Profession

Founder, Creative Director

Website

www.VAWAA.com

VAWAA_Guest_NaturalDyeing_Vietnam

VAWAA, Guests, Natural Dyeing, Vietnam, © Geetika Agrawal

Who are you? What do you do?

I’m a founder, designer, traveler and a stubborn optimist. Besides creating VAWAA, I also started a traveling dinner event FoodxThought. Prior to this, I worked as a Creative Director at R/GA in New York city.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in India. In 2002, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Masters in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design. Since then I’ve lived in San Francisco and currently live in New York.

VAWAA, Mauricio Kolenc, Woodturning, Uruguay, © Geetika Agrawal

Your style in 3 words?

Made with love.

Your weakness? Your strength?

If I’m not learning something, I lose interest. That’s my weakness. Being resilient is my strength.

What makes you different?

I’m not sure if I’m that different. 

VAWAA, Luisa Herve, PaperMaking, India, © Geetika Agrawal

When did you decide to become an designer?

I grew up in India surrounded by exceptional engineers, doctors and lawyers, so I have no idea how and when I decided to become a designer. I think it came naturally to me as I always had more fun learning things visually. 

What do you find most fascinating about the creative process?

I always find it fascinating how various experiences in my life keep showing up in my process & work. I seem to absorb it all.

VAWAA, Vijay Sharma, Bamboo Bicycle Making, India © Geetika Agrawal

A few words about your favourite creation?

My favorite creation right now is my latest venture VAWAA. A couple of years ago, after a personal frustration of not finding opportunities for artistic experiences during my travels, I started a travel company called VAWAA | Vacation With An Artist. It’s a way to spend your vacation in master artist studios around the world, learning a new skill – from calligraphy in Japan to bespoke shoemaking in Czech Republic to street art in Buenos Aires, and everything in between. These mini 4-7 day ‘private apprenticeships’ serve as a unique way to learn about a culture and allow travelers to become a part of the artist’s daily creative process.

VAWAA, Guests, Music Production, Uruguay, © Geetika Agrawal

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

Besides a lot of peers who inspire me on a regular basis, I am inspired by leaders who are constantly taking risks and pushing boundaries to create a better world around us.

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

At this point, I am staying focused on growing VAWAA as that’s what I’m excited about most!

Do you have a vision?

Yes, I have a vision of a world where there are no borders and we are constantly striving to reach our highest creative potential.

Prints made by Astrid Grant at a workshop by Borut Peterlin

VAWAA, Prints made by Astrid Grant at a workshop by Borut Peterlin, © Geetika Agrawal

2017: Where are we going?

The stubborn optimist in me says that we are turning a difficult corner – but on the other side lies a better future.

Your city’s favourite spots?

PeaceAny place with good live music and lots of plants.

Tell us about your future plans…

Build VAWAA into a great company, get married, have kids, build a communal home for me and my friends…..the usual. Live a good, balanced life.

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