Shyama was born into the world of fine art as both parents are artists. She remembers being entranced by the pigments and palettes as she stood in her fathers studio watching him work at mixing colours, and first exhibited her own work at the age of seven .
The Sussex countryside, the soft rolling hills of the South Downs, the textures of nature and her passion for pattern influenced her decision to study textiles design, specializing in print and surface pattern. She continued her career as a design assistant and co-ordinator of a fashion business before becoming a freelance textile designer, working for a wide range of companies including Sanderson, Oasis, Selfridges and Hennes.
Later she was invited to be a lecturer at the London College Of Fashion and Northbrook Art College, while simultaneously maintaining her own art practice as a fine artist and consultant, showing her work at various galleries and art fairs.
She has travelled extensively, and the colours, smells, scale, ornamentation and diversity of all of the different cultures she has visited continue to be a huge inspiration, along with a sense of drama and humour about fashion, and the importance of shoes, handbags and hedgerows.
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