Saturday, September 19, 2015

*NEW* ArtnLight Table Mats now available on

One thing that became clear with the Kalaghoda exhibition was the list of products that people wanted from me - which I wasn't making. So the better part of this year has gone towards working on those missing products. One of them was Table Mats. So here they are, Artnlight Table Mats- in your favourite designs. So go right ahead - add a pop of artnlight colour to your dining tables. 
The great part about this is they are very easy to use. Just wipe clean - 1st with a damp and then a dry cloth & they will remain as good as new for however long. They are also easily stackable, storable - when you want to use your other Table mat sets.
Size 12x18 inches. Available in sets of 2, 4 and 6. These are up on the artnlight online store
There is a mix of the most favourite and running designs + a few completely new ones. These have already had a great response at the exhibitions I have been part of. So happy to finally make it available on

Completely excited about this set of 6 different Vintage Postcard inspired Table Mat Series, with my favourite botanical illustrations and with one food quote each.
Buy it here.
"One of the nicest things about life is the way we must reqularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating" - Luciano Pavarotti
Buy this here.
"Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the desert cart." - Erma Bombeck

The Bird Face Set.
 Check it out here.
Check it out here.

And the old favourite. Onef my 1st designs & still the best seller.
The Rajasthan Series, now available in Table mats too. 
 Buy it here.
You can buy it here.

There are many more designs and there is going to be one more post atleast on this. 
Meantime you can browse or buy the range right here

Interviewed on Once Upon A Tea Time Design stories.

Had to share this with all of you. Many of you must be familiar with the visually stunning blog & magazine called Once Upon a Tea Time...Design Stories. For years now we have all enjoyed the steady stream of eyecandy that Priya Iyer serves up in this space.

Last week I got interviewed on skye, so yes its an audio interview and you will actually hear my voice. In this whole business of being an entrepreneur, you are so busy doing what needs to be done, that there is not much time to reflect on it, on your journey, and how far you have come. I am very grateful to Priya Iyer for making me stop and asking me those questions that are so pertinent.
It is 37 minutes long, so like Priya says, sit with a cup of tea & biscuits. 
What was so amazing was speaking to the creator of Once Upon A Tea Time Design Stories, exchanging our experiences of blogging and getting to know her a bit more. Speaking and connecting real time on skype - desite the different time zones, gives us such a beautiful sense of the person. I loved meeting and speaking to Priya. 
You can listen to the interview here:
While on the subject of entrepreneurship, I've got to be honest and say that the one feeling that has been consistent is that I wish I had known that I will always have to be ready to see myself as more that what I am - You need to be armed with an "I am enough" attitude. Because more often than not what stops you or scares you is going out of your boundaries of who you think you are and who you think you are not. Eg: "I am a creative person and I'm not good with finance". If something like this is strongly engraved in your mind it just wont serve you. "I don't know packaging, logistics/ adminitration is not for me." All of these are just labels and notions you have made of yourself. As the owner of your brand all of this is your business. The point is not to scare off the creative people reading this post. The point is that I have had all the above notions and they didn't help me. The point is I have made my peace with this very necessary aspect of being on your own. To take complete accountability of what I do, whether financial, administrative, marketing or creating products or packing and shipping it out well and on time, with all of this, the buck does stop at me. And if i say I have a business and that is Artnlight - then all of this is very much my business. The sooner I accept this, the sooner I can begin to start bringing in my care and love to that aspect. Without which the business will just not be whole. I'm still on this, reminding myself everyday that all of this needs my impartial attention and care. Those of you who run their own businesses probably resonate with it & it will be wonderful to hear from you your take on this and your experience of how you deal with this. Looking forward to hearing from you. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Keep Creating.

I was browsing Pinterest - the creative worlds new inspiration black book - to see if there is something inspirational that I can post on the Artnlight Fb page. A quote that speaks to me. something that will give someone a push or a quiet hand - or just an insight - when I saw this - wham!
I read this & saw how beautifully it is done & it took me right back to when I started art college and when I started my 1st years in advertising as a visualiser. I felt everyone around me was way more talented than me as far as art was concerned.
Words came to me easier than art did. The moment I got a brief I thought of words and lines and ideas 1st. And here I was hired and paid to do the visual thinking. I felt like a complete fraud. I tried and tried and I kept seeing artists work & working harder at honing what I had chosen as my vocation. When I look back the initial years still feel like a mass of yearning and yearning and struggling to do something that I wasn't naturally great at - good or decent maybe - but certainly not awesome. It was not an easy spot to be in - to not be at peace with the quality of your work. 
Sometimes I feel as a creative person, the goal post keeps shifting & that's the way your work grows. You keep seeing work that inspires you to push yourself harder and that is the cycle. 

So this is what I want to tell everyone out there who is working on getting better. Do yourself a favour. Stop judging yourself & instead do more work. Just keep creating. You need not share it with people if you are uncomfortable. But don't stop creating. 
Creative people are naturally very sensitive. Don't let your sensitivity become fear, don't let it stop you from creating. So yes, you feel your work has a long way to go? That's perfectly ok. We are not all born brilliant. Can you grow talent? Yes. Keep walking the path and keep creating. Set yourself deadlines to complete things. Say one new artwork a week. One article a day. One complete painting in 2 weeks. 
That is the ONLY way to get better. To work and to complete. Repeat.
And for all the people who are curious about the beautiful typography in this post - it is created by 
Casey Ligon. And guess what, there are videos that show us how she creates her gorgeous hand-drawn typography - right here.

Friday, July 17, 2015

INSPIRERs - Ritika Mittal of MORA

Here's the poster girl that inspiration might have well chosen for herself.
Ritika Mittal of Mora needs no introduction.
When she announces her annual online sale people who have spent a year maybe 2 or 3 saving to buy a piece of art - a MORA saree - that she created, drop everything else in a mad rush to be that 1st person who lays claim to the only piece with her name on it. Because it is truly 1st come, 1st serve and there is truly only one piece ever created. No reproductions, no 2nd editions - Just one piece of art that you get to call your own & when she sends it to you - she sends it with a handwritten note, which she sits down and writes herself.

Nothing about her work is assembly line. Everything about her work is aspirational. That she dances where angels fear to tread, that she revives dying forms of textiles and weaves that would have never seen light of day were it not for her, that she mixes and matches like rules didn't exist.
That she lives most of the year in a mobile van travelling to where no public transport ever goes and places which have seen no electricity in this day and age.  

I was hoping Ritika would say a yes to being part of this series & in a second she did & reading what she sent gives me the goosebumps. Whenever I feel doubt or a lack of courage this is the post that I'm going to come back to.
So here is Ritika Mittal for you - telling you how she does what she does best. I had asked for 3 things that she has learnt in her life. And here is what she said:

The idea that there is a wrong and right limits us.
This is born out of conditioning of our birth, upbringing and the choices we make based on those. 
Its an absolutely woohoo moment when you suddenly see there are really no set rues to live by.
Your start taking your life as your own. the choices thus you make as your own. the responsibility and accountability your own. the laughter and tears it brings your own. You start to be your own. 

Yes, many times you will have cold feet. Many more times hot flushes. Many break downs.

But then, there are many more "yesssssss", "ooooooops i did it, how??... anyways", "so its possible",  "i said something to myself that's so new, i am loving it", "bring it on baby"!!
And that rush, that euphoria of following your heart and doing things you always wanted to do... is priceless. Cant tell it in words! its like you take that big leap of faith and jump... that one long jump... and see yourself floating thereon... forever flying... its like you have exchanged the wind for the land below your feet and you see all you wanted to always do was to fly and now you are flying... an endless beautiful flight... and thats how you are going to go... doing what you always wanted to do. ! Its that absolute sense of completeness, the becoming of you!

People tell me all the time... you have an easy life- no home, no marriage, no children. you are lucky! 
I want to say, we are all lucky. we can all have easy lives. 
We just got to make choices. Choices that make us happy. Choices that make us feel complete. Choices that are driven by WHO YOU ARE and not WHAT YOU SHOULD BE! Choices that give us the strength to get up and say, this is my life, i decide.

So not once we have to say, "oh, i wish"!!
not a moment of envy!
not a moment of regret!
Imagine a space like that!

And its possible! its possible when you take courage to be yourself! To hide nothing! To be same inside and outside! To let go of the fears. To accept life and love as it is.

I was born in a small village in punjab into a joint family that followed strict rules for everything. 
Today, I am 32. I started working at 14. I worked in media and did night shifts. I was paid in 6 figures towards the end. Left it overnight for the love of travel. Got married and stayed married for 3.5 years. Left in love. Found more love.Life on the road is such. Found textiles as my medium to express. Travel as my lifestyle. 

Now i am part of the stories we read in anthropological books. Its beautiful out here!

When friends ask me how you did it... i say just jump! don't think just jump! and believe in the jump!

Believe that there is no universal right or wrong. Its just our perspective that makes a difference.

One practice that i follow religiously in life is not to overthink. The moment love happens with anything, i follow it with love! So much love that it becomes me and i become the love!

Overthinking makes us cautious, fearful.

I believe we can totally live by the moment. and its possible. a life of no certainty is possible! 
Before you even know, whatever comes your way will soon be more exciting than knowing what you are bringing on!

I am a creation of life. I can not create. I can merely express. So, i choose to express freely. with abandon. without rules. without timelines and deadlines. Without the wrongs and rights. without the dos and don'ts. Without the fear and limitations. 

With nothing else but love!

And love is all it takes to be you!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kick starting the "Inspirers" Series

I get many mails from people who want to start something on their own, starting a business with the creative arts. Who wish to create a brand and a business that is self sustaining, that is fulfilling. People in corporate careers like I once was. And a lot of the questions I get asked is around how was it for you?

When you are at the brink of the what is probably and seemingly the scariest decision in your life - you are looking to hear a voice of reassurance - someone who will say - It will work out - just do it - this is how you do it - Or this is what you should not do. And yet is it as simple as that? Are there formulas? 

 It is more than 5 years since I quit my corporate job - have I missed it for a second? No. And yet this being an entrepreneur business has been one hell of a humbling journey. I have had more than my share of  "Hmmm. So this is why most people don't do this" moments. But far outweighing each of those moments is the life that I get to live. My time is my own, my decisions, my choices are my own and so is the accountability. If I waste it - the onus is mine - but for every right thing I have done, the credit, the appreciation and more importantly the work that has come my way has always been way more than expected and has made this journey more assuring and magical than scary.
Through these past years, I have met and made connections with more and more people who live this creative life - who experiment, with whatever media.So a lawyer is a clay model maker, an ex pharmacist is a painter, a ex-financial journalist is a furniture designer and who said an artist should only paint canvasses - why not kettles, bags and furniture? A producer of tv shows who now travels through life inspired and pours her creations into impassioned weaves. So many stories. All real.
This idea has been in my head to do a series of posts called "Inspirers", for those who want their creativity and their passion to become more than a hobby. For those who want to make their passion and their love into their whole life. I will be featuring One person who is an artist/entrepreneur and has either a brand or  their work & life is a brand that breathes creativity in itself. For these people creating is a way of life. Their business and their life is a seamless happy extension of this constant creation and of themselves.

In this series they will each share with us 3 things they learnt or live by or had to unlearn. Giving us an insight into their journey and their experience.  I can't wait to get this started.
All images shot on a recent trip to Kashid. Ofcourse I amped the blues :)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Love Art & Pop Up event at The Spiritual Company

The Love Art and Pop Up show that happened at The Spiritual Company will be special to me for many reasons - the 1st reason being The Spiritual Company  - I can never have enough of this place - and its people - who are mine more than anything else. It felt like doing a show with your family - the comfort, the happiness, the sheer ease with which the set up happened was what we were all speaking about. And this was the 1st time we put this together - so we were not entirely sure of how many people will come in. Some 11 people were exhibiting for the 1st time - we just wanted it to work out for people - for them to go back with a memorable experience. So it was amazing to see the 2 days go by happily. And like I have said here before - its a great show - when you want to but don't have the time to shoot - so I came in early on Sunday & got my shots - and yet I still missed some of my favourite tables.

 Check out Goodie Bag & its FB page right here.

 I just loved Kaizin's very different  and detailed art. This was the 1st time she was ever exhibiting her work.
 Manasi Kadne launched her geometric and graphic nosepics - loved her display!
 Learning Room had some really fun stuff for kids

The Hair Kitchen had some truly nourishing 'food' for your hair & its health.
 Free Spirited was there with their gorgeous happy clothes.
The  Art&light stall @ Love Art & pop up
 Loved Leenata's display at the Love Art & pop up show!
 This is her FB page for those who want to get in touch with her for handpainted cakes

And I have saved the best for the last ~ The exciting sooper fun Flashmob by The Spiritual Company's Rakhi Suryavanshi & gang - got everyone on the floor & grooving. You should've been there. These pictures are not a patch on what really happened.

 For those who feel gyms are boring & have a yen for dancing - Rakhi Suryavanshi's dancercise is the solution to fitness & boundless energy. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Art&Light @ Love Art & Pop-up

To show my work at The Spiritual Company -in that space- is a privilege. It is from here that my work comes from. I will have my usual range. As an impulse decision - I have decided to sell everything on a 10% discount. Old & new products. It is celebration time!! Ye!!
It is The Spiritual Company's 1st year anniversary and they are hosting the Love art and Pop Up show. It brings together many many talented artists and entrepreneurs and promises to be an amazing show. 
Sharing a few pictures of some new products.  

 At Kalaghoda SO MANY people asked me for the Vintage series Tissue Boxes - so here they are. 

These were absolute sell outs at Kalaghoda.
I don't know how many of you remember these designs - I had posted them on the blog many many years ago here and here.

 I will also keep my inspiration postcards which you can pick up. In all these years and so many exhibitions I have never sold these. Especially as simple postcards. So that will be a first.
Do come.
This is the events page. Click on it and join us. And share it with your friends and family.