Monday, 28 April 2014

More jewelry display ideas

These are the displays I used for the weekend flea market I was part of at Koregaon Park Pune. 

This is an old idea of re-purposing a photo frame into a earring or bracelet display for exhibitions and craft shows. But in my case, the metal frame also held my dragonfly and butterfly fridge magnets and it looked very cheery and colourful. Wish I had taken a pic after the items were up. Sadly I was too busy attending customers. 

I simply tied a rope from one end of the gazebo to the other and hung my sets and earrings on them. If you look closely I've used wooden clothespins to hold the earring cards. So a yay for putting to use those nice clothespins I bought from Venus lately.

Another perspective.

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!

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