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 by 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.
In 2022 I completed an MA in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS. I wrote my dissertation on the potential of cooperatives for Creative Freelancers like myself. I now find myself working part-time as Events and Programmes manager at cooperative community coworking space in Finsbury Park, SPACE4 that is all about cooperatives, worker politics, new economics, activism and similar social justice orientated ideals. This new job and its event space overlap with my existing freelance activities and I hope to include my collaborators in this new professional journey of my life.
So if you need support for your business, a project or initiative contact me. It could be about the arts, but it could also me about labour politics… I’m up for all of it!
From 2016 to 2022 I wrote an autobiographical comic strip ‘FML Comics‘ exploring my most personal and political experiences. In 2021 I was published by Good Comics and exhibited at The Cartoon Museum. My comics practice opened a lot of artistic doors for me and established me as a professional artist in the UK. I have a strong drawing and writing practice and have used these to publish zines and tour UK zine fairs. I also sell pieces as framed original artwork.
I continue to further my artistic skills however I don’t pursue this career with as much vigour as I used to, I found it too hard to make a living out of. I write comics but not as regularly or professionally, and I don’t seek out opportunities. I work more as a producer now working with other artists to make their projects happen.
But I am open to any artistic collaborations. I still do love it. Some projects that are in my back pocket for the right time/collaborator:
– FML Comics the TV Series (I have a pitch ready, ask me to see it)