Sunday, 13 April 2014

Handmade Jewelry on sale!

Some of you pinged, messaged, emailed asking if I had anything planned for an online sale. Thank you people, it felt good knowing that people were actually thinking of me in my absence. The exhibitions and the workshops and continuous stream of custom orders kept me busy whole of the first quarter of this year. But there were some pieces that I set aside for those who would not be able to make it to my exhibitions. You have been asking me to put up a catalog of available items. I wish there was a software that made my catalog-making job easier. If there is, please tell me!!! Or if this stuff can be outsourced and you know anyone willing to do it for me, please contact me. 
Anyway, for now I have painstakingly completed the task of taking pictures, copying them on my laptop, re-sizing and cropping them, waiting patiently while they are getting added to the album, pricing the pieces, marking a code against each of them and writing a description so that you all know what you are buying. PHEW!! 
Sab kuch bas tumhare liye! :)

The items now on sale can be seen here: Handmade jewelry on sale
Write to me on for any inquiries.
Please appreciate the hard work, like the pictures, comment on the designs and if it is not too much to ask for, please share my album to friends who like handmade jewelry. 

Thanks once again. :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Natural Terracotta beads and why I wont paint them.

As soon as I brought my terracotta beads home, I fell in love with them. The box carried the fragrance of the wet earth. It still does. I find myself opening the box now and then and then filling my lungs with the lovely fragrance. The feel of cool mud on my hands was amazing. I sat down with my set of colors to paint the beads. As I readied the bead and dipped the brush in the paint, in an instant I felt something stopping me for doing it. I could not bring myself to paint the beads. I stopped right there and decided I should give the original beads a chance. And I am glad I did that. When paired with Earth and natural colours, the terracotta beads seem to come alive.. I don’t think any level of finesse in coloring those earth colour beads would do them justice.

And no, the mud doesn’t soil your clothes as you think it would. That is what I am being asked the most. The only precautionary measure I think you should take is to prevent them from direct contact with water. So put your worries to rest and let the coolness of the beads feel around your neck. 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Jewelry Workshops and lot more.. Too much excite!

Such exctiting things lined up for this month and the next I want to shout from the rooftop. First there is this super hip and happening flea market happening in Bandra, Mumbai. I would have loved putting up a stall there but struggling artist and all that you know. I would have to shell out more than I can afford for the two day retail. So it was with much deliberation that I finally declined their offer. And while I was in Ooty on vacation they called and asked if I was open for conducting workshops. I jumped at the chance since that was going on at the back of my mind any way. What better venue and crowd could I ask for. 
So that is how I will be spending my Sunday, teaching to make jewelry and block printing. Here is The Lil Flea's facebook invite:

Second super exciting thing is something that has been taking shape for a long time now. It is this-INTACH's Pune chapter had started a heritage shop called Warsaa ten years back. This shop is located in Shaniwar Wada and is celebrating its 10th birthday this month. And as part of their 10 year celebrations, Koyri will be showcasing an excusive pearl collection. Pearls have long been a part of the Marathi culture and I had fun making designs based on this theme. 
If you are in Pune, do visit their 10th anniversary celebrations this weekend. Here is the facebook invite:

The list doesn't end here. There is a lot more action coming up. I will update you all about it as soon as I have the details finalised. Till then, bbye!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Selling handmade jewelry at exhibitions ~ From the stalls

The last two exhibitions I had back to back left me no time to breathe forget blog about my experiences at the stalls. Immediately thereafter we headed for the vacation which was no doubt fun but traveling with a toddler is very tiring too. I imagined I will draw some designs while sipping coffee sitting in my hotel window looking over meadows and mountains in the Nilgiris, but no such thing happened. I did not even find the time to think of Koyri or anything remotely close. All I kept thinking was 'Will the curd go bad since there is no fridge?' 'Hope the manager gets the hot water that he promised...'  and so on... 

Anyway, I start with the first exhibition of the year that was held during the premier English theater fest called Pukaar 2014. I will confess it was not a complete sell out because the footfall was not great. It is really sad to think that theatre and performing arts do not get the appreciation and audience they deserve. But I met and saw some brilliant people out there. Some people are so passionate about things they love. There was one gentleman who started playing the flute impromptu in the common area during the intervals between plays. One girl did a mime for more than an hour, she was so good at it that it made me wonder if she is not tired of continuously having those expressions on her face. Does she feel like wanting to take a break or just yawn or relax her arched eyebrows for one? She not only kept us entertained but my son's eyes were continuously following her too. :)

One guy read out a poem in Hindi that he had written. Another amatuer performer did a one act play that had me in tears. All this was in the break out area of the auditorium, not in a hall in front of specific audience you know. I was very impressed by the passion people carry in their hearts. And there was also some celebrity spotting. I met and spoke to Gauri Dange, she had nice words to say about my work. :)

The second exhibition was super super fun. The constant footfall demanded standing up and attending to continous flow of people tired me to the bone but I felt a pang of sadness at the end of two days. I met some lovely lovely people there too. Oh! the things people do. handmade soaps, handmade candles, hand painted dresses, clay artifacts, it was hard for me to resist the urge to ditch my stall and go shopping at other stalls :)
My wire nametags were a hit with the young crowd and I took on-the-spot custom orders and was able to deliver by the time they did another round of all the stalls and came back. Some people stood and watched me work which was a little weird cos I am used to working in solitude but it also flattered me a bit. :)

The venue added zing to the event. Zaika is a party hall covered in mango and coconut trees. The garden was beautifuly decorated with marigold flowers and potted plants. My son who usually hates crowded places had a ball there. 

And my display ideas got many a mention. Almost everyone commented on this idea of displaying earrings on a soop. :)

And this twig also was an eye catcher and it also holds lot of my stuff. 

So all in all, both were good experiences in their own way and I look forward to doing more of these. And that reminds me I have to make a lot of stuff to fill my table again. :)

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Looking for space...

I posted on fb yesterday about workshops that I plan to conduct for those interested. I had this thought going in my head for a long time ever since people asked me if I teach to make jewelry. 
At the Summer fest exhibition, many women were quite surprised knowing that I was not a design graduate nor have had formal training in jewelry making. I think that is what makes them feel that even they can do it. Or at least it is worth learning. You know that way there is no pressure of performance or the stress that attending the workshop conducted by 'xyz' big name designer.  Anyway, I made a big mistake of not taking down numbers of all those women then. Instead I passed on my cards to them urging them to check my fb page for updates. As an afterthought, it would have been easier for me to contact them letting them know. Anyway, I hope the timing will be good and those who really wanted to learn will find out.

So it turns out planning for the workshops is more work that I thought it would be. But I am not letting the nitty-gritties bog me down. I am going to make it so very successful and enjoyable for me and for the participants too. :)

The main issue I seem to have is space. So readers, if there is any place near your home/office that you think would accommodate 10-12 people for a jewelry making workshop please contact me. 
I am typically looking at a cafe or a book store or an art studio... I will be glad if you do the ground work for me i.e. speak to the owners of the place and let them know about my intentions. If they reply in the assertive, I will be happy to take it forward from there.

I am mostly looking at Pune but I don't mind Mumbai/Thane either. I'd love to have an excuse to go home. :)

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