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I’m Natasha Natarajan (she/her), a British-Indian creative running a freelance arts business under the name Chikaboo Designs. ‘Chikaboo’ was a childhood nickname given to me my dad.

I plan and deliver creative projects for people all over the world. I take part in all stages of the process and offer my skills and expertise wherever necessary. I am more interested in the project I am working for, than what specifically I do. As a result, my skills have expanded over the years. I’m up for everything and have experience in a lot of different roles. You can find me around London working on commissions, delivering workshops, managing other artists and publishing zines. I enjoy being a chameleon or a unicorn – whatever they’re calling it these days.

Since 2016 I have been writing an autobiographical comic strip ‘FML Comics’ exploring my most personal and political experiences. In recent years that has opened a lot of artistic doors for me. In 2021 I was published by Good Comics and exhibited at The Cartoon Museum.

I am interested in communicating my most intimate personal and political experiences through art. I strongly believe that it is through sharing our inner dialogues and conflicts, that we can feel less alone and more fully enjoy the human experience. I work in a range of mediums and am driven by concept rather than format. My focus has so far been on illustrative work about my experience as a woman, and as a person of colour but I hope to explore more philosophical questions moving forward.

From 2021-2022 I will be completing an MA in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS with the hope of taking on larger leadership roles in the creative industries with more confidence and a great knowledge of the global cultural landscape.

So if you need support for your business, a project or initiative contact me. I’m always up for new challenges and opportunities.

I think creativity and the creative process are powerful tools for individual empowerment and social change so I am particularly interested in working with community art projects and spaces.

Read more about my Outreach Projects

Out and about

Drawn Out Comic Readings with Rachael House & Friends
July-October 2021
LDC, 18 October, Tickets

Hackney Comic + Zine Fair
4-30 September 2021

‘Natasha Natarajan: FML Comics’ Exhibition at The Cartoon Museum
18 May to 8 August 2021

‘Panel By Panel Discussions’ Live Events at The Cartoon Museum
5th + 19th + 26 June 2021

Online Comic Reading for the ‘Resistance Sustenance Protection’ Book Launch, Estuary Festival
Free (Booking Essential)
28 May 2021

House of Illustration, Illustrator in Residence, Bell Lane Primary School
February to May 2021

Rumi’s Cave Art Club
January to July 2021

Glasgow Zine Fair
1 – 31 April 2021

Presenting at LD Comics Monthly Event
Online (£3 Tickets here)
19 October 2020, 7pm

Artist Self-Publisher’s Fair, ICA London
27 September 2020

TLM YRSassy Story Podcast (Spotify, iTunes), London
1 August 2020

LDComics Queer Comics Reading , The Cartoon Museum, London
9 January 2020

Illustration + Print Open, Deptford Does Art, London
12-22 December 2019

The People’s Party Workshop, Deptford X, London
2nd November 2019

Ghost Comic Festival, Glasgow, Scotland
26 October 2019

CHEER UP LOVE Zine Fair, EartH, London
29 September 2019

South London Zine Festival, Deptford Does Art, London
2-11 August 2019

Comics as Activism, Panelist, Queers and Comics Conference, New York
17-18 May 2019

No man is an island, Solo Exhibition, Ladyboss Collective, Edinburgh
4-6 April 2019

Full Colour Comic Anthology, Group Exhibition, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
2018

Diversity in Comics, Panelist, Glasgow Comicon
2018

Press

Catching up with… Natasha Natarajan
2021, Good Comics

Cartoon Museum announces plans for exhibition of work by cartoonist and animator Natasha Natarajan
2021, Down The Tube

Review: FML Comics: Collected 2016-2020 (Good Comics)
2021, Pipedream Comics

Natasha Natarajan Talks ‘FML Comics’ and Her Autobio Practice
2021, Broken Frontier

FML Comics, On Sharing
2021, Eliot Gelberg-Wilson

Inside Look: Good Comics Kickstarter Books – Natasha Natarajan, Niki Bañados and Emre Altındağ Provide Exclusive Insights into Their Creative Processes
2020, Broken Frontier

Exclusive interview with Natasha Natarajan!
2020, Good Comics

Preview: Good Comics Kickstarter Titles – Check Out Sneak Peeks from Comics by RAMZEE, Natasha Natarajan, Niki Bañados and Emre Altındağ
2020, Broken Frontier

Sex, Loneliness and Longing – Popea Salisbury Presents ‘body count’ Zine
2020, The Sassy Show

Behind the zines: FML Comics – Natasha Natarajan
2020, Queer Zine Library

Illustrator in Residence: Natasha Natarajan – ‘Women That Changed My World’ (Part 2)
2020, Get in Her Ears

Illustrator in Residence: Natasha Natarajan – ‘Women That Changed My World’ (Part 1)
2020, Get in Her Ears

Natasha Natarajan: The Purpose Of My Comics
2020, The Sassy Show

Female Founder Friday with Natasha Natarajan
2019, SoulJourn Yoga, Jordan Ashley

Full Colour: A Graphic Anthology – Young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Artists Spotlighted in BHP’s New Collection of Comics Shorts
2018, Broken Frontiers

The FML Comics Interview
2019