Collaborations are a big part of growing. As you learn to specialise in your skills it is important to collaborate with people with similar mind set, goals and visions.
Uma and Fehreen Ali of Teacoup have been friends on instagram for many years and have always wanted to collaborate, and in 2019-20 it eventually happened when Fehreen approach with the idea of creating tea for the different types of Ayurvedic Doshas. The carefully curated herbal infusions that enhances the balance of Doshas features Uma's illustrations on it's beautifully designed packaging. Months of hard work and dedication blend both individual's creativity and knowledge in these Pitta, Vata and Kapha teas.
The Handmade Leaf
In late 2020 Uma collaborated with Shaminie Chandrahasan, the owner of Little Brown Book Events. The pair have now worked on multiple projects to create beautiful products using both their skills and experiences. They work under the name 'The Handmade Leaf'. The core purpose of the collaboration is to create products which excite people and to have their culture be represented in the mainstream.
Collaborated with the Luxury Womenswear Fashion Designer Roopa Pemmaraju by creating textile illustrations for their Fall Winter 2017 Eden Collection and Resort 2018 Collection. Resort Collection was showcased at 2018 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney.
Through the multilingual bookshop/cafe Lost in Books, Uma had the opportunity to collaborate with writer Zarlasht Sarwari. The collaboration was to develop an illustrated children’s story, drawing inspiration from Zarlasht‘s Afghan storytelling traditions. Book is yet to be published
La Polo International
Collaboration with La Polo to create illustrations for their First edition Luxury Coffee table magazine in 2017. The illustrations were based on the Maharaja Ranjit Singh life and achievements.
Harpreet M Dayal
2016 book cover illustration for 'Svādhyāya- A Journey of Self Learning' a collection of poems by Arthur and Poet Harpreet M Dayal. The illustration is of a Juniper tree which represents purification and protection.
Made of Steel and Timber the Sculptural Microbat Habitat was designed by Uma while at Ku-Ring-Gai Council for her work experience as a Macquarie University Student. Commissioned at Sir Phillip Game Reserve in Lindfield the sculpture was completed in July 2013 with modifications to the original design. It provides a destination for people walking along the boardwalk and is also designed to encourage microbats to roost.