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.
Vaaranam Children's Books
Uma and Vanitha Veerasamy of Vaaranam Children's Books are both Sydney based Tamil creators who are big supporters of each others work and at last had the opportunity to collaborate for the 5th anniversary of Vaaranam Books. Vaaranam Books are an independent publisher, specialising in high-end Tamil children’s books introducing the Tamil language to young minds. On this milestone occasion this canvas library bag with the printed illustration of Uma's art is a beautiful product for kids and adults to carry around.
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.