Jasmine Jehangir (b. 1962; Mumbai, India) studied photography at the Sophia Polytechnic College in Mumbai, where she completed a Diploma in applied arts. Following that she received a BFA degree at the Sir J.J. School of Art. She briefly worked in the field of graphic art before delving into interior designing with an interior decoration firm in Mumbai, where she encountered imitation stained glass created with coloured acrylic sheets and resin. Her keen interest and determination to learn the authentic yet difficult medium of stained glass creation that demands time and patience, led her to travel, explore and master this art form. Jasmine travelled internationally to attend master classes, workshops and was mentored by prominent stained glass artists in their studios in U.S.A and U.K. Today, the final stained glass creation is the result of a meticulous process of good design and precise assembly, executed with neat flowing lead lines, beautifully enhanced by the sheer brilliance of glass itself.
On returning to Mumbai, Jasmine started her own stained glass studio with her sister Binaifer Karanjia – The Design Studio (1986 – 2002) – where they created some seminal works, many of which were commissioned. The Design Studio’s expertise was also tapped upon for the restoration of stained glass windows and panels in some of India’s well known heritage architectural structures such as The Rajabhai Clock Tower, churches and mansions built during the British Raj in the 19th century. Some of their other commissions in Mumbai include – The World Trade Centre, Sahyadri Government Guest House, Nhava Sheva Port, Exim Bank, ING Bank, Bank of India, Borivali Sports Club, C.C.I Club House, Banjara Hills Villas, Copper Chimney Restaurant and Jaipur Jewels. They held exhibitions in 1993 at Jehangir Art Gallery and at the Dubai Trade Fair. In addition to these projects in public spaces, Jasmine has also created works for private residences in India, Dubai, U.K. and U.S.A.
As an artist, Jasmine Jehangir works predominantly in the medium of stained glass and mosaic. She further expands artistic boundaries by incorporating painting and mixed media techniques in her creations. With a forte for design, Jasmine’s artistic ideas and thoughts are conceptualised and realised in her oeuvre of creations of stained glass, which were initially inspired by the ‘Tiffany Look’. For the creation of a work, every stage and process is personalised and hand-crafted – from drawing original designs, to cutting, assembling and soldering the glass with extreme precision. With the use of premium quality kiln fired glass imported from Italy, U.K. and U.S.A; and exclusively formulated solder, the stained glass and mosaic creations sometimes include slivers of semi-precious stones. With over twenty-five years of experience in working with glass as a primary medium, Jasmine has developed an individualistic style with a universal appeal. Her mosaic work – which initially began with remnant glass pieces – has developed into a form that is incorporated into the various art forms she delves in. These forms of the artist’s works are heavily influenced by a unique parallel that the artist is passionate about – jazz music. Jasmine’s love for jazz music reflects in her works and methods of creation. Today, she creates works under the name of ‘Lady J’, inspired by the legendary jazz singer, Billy Holiday’s stage name, “Lady Day’. Jasmine’s artistic colour palette and abstraction is seen through the rhythm and diverse moods, textures and harmonies displayed persistently in all her works – from stained glass and mosaic lamps and furniture, to gazebos and murals.