The Sussex countryside, the soft rolling hills of the South Downs, the textures of nature and her passion for pattern influenced Shyama’s decision to study textile design, specializing in print and surface pattern.
Shyama was born into the world of fine art, as both her parents are artists. She remembers being entranced by the pigments and palettes as she stood in her father’s studio watching him work at mixing colours. She held her first exhibition at the age of seven.
Later she was invited to be a lecturer at the London College of Fashion and Northbrook Art College, while maintaining her own art practice as a fine artist and consultant, showing her work at various galleries and art fairs.
Shyama has travelled extensively, and the colours, smells, scale, ornamentation and diversity of the different cultures she has explored continue to inspire her, along with a sense of drama and humour about fashion and the importance of shoes, handbags and hedgerows.