Friday, February 5, 2016

TinyFarm @ By Hand, from the Heart Show, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

This post is especially for Chennai, which is celebrating art this week. The By Hand, From the Heart show at the Lalit Kala Academy that brings together artists, has their maker's market today & tomorrow, the 5th & 6th of Feb. The art show just got over and was from the 1-3rd of Feb. Tinyfarm Studio will be showing their illustrations and merchandise inspired by Chennai. Graphic, contemporary and charming these bright illustrations reflect the traditional heart of the daily chennai life.

 Notebooks & happy Chennai merchandise. 

 I love these little books which are meant to be used as recipe books 
These little paper coasters are elegant and charming. 
For all the unfortunate people who are'nt in Chennai, this is Tiny Farm Studio's Fb page, you can like it to be updated with fresh work. And this is Riddhi Desai's Tinyfarm Website.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Inspirers - Karthik Vaidyanathan of Varnam

This will be the 2nd post in the Inspirers Series. This series is for all those people 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 1st read about Karthik Vaidyanathan on Archana Srinivas's Rang decor and since then I have seen brand Varnam only grow and grow. I had the privilege of meeting Karthik when he 1st came to Kalaghoda and then when I exhibited with him at Anemos for the show "A not so casual Kitchen'. Over the years we've called each other up many a time when we know the other might just have the answers we are looking for. 
Originality, design and reinvention are 3 words that come to my mind when I think of Karthik Vaidyanathan and his brand Varnam. That Varnam is one of those rare brands that practices fair trade and that it has almost single handedly revived the Channapatna artistic traditions and given it not just relevance but also delight in the contemporary context and in the process won many an award for design excellence, all of it makes for a uniquely inspirational story. But what inspires me the most is how the love of art will not let Karthik stop at a particular category or art form. So Varnam offers everything from Toys, Tableware, Lighting, Jewellery AND fashion. From when I've seen his work, he is always coming up with something new, there is always new news, be it his home, his brand, a new collection, a new office, a new category or the opening of a store.

You can see more of the Varnam Jewellery Series & buy it here.
Innovation never looked cuter. Meet the Goobe Night Lamp.
or more graceful. Varnam Vilakku.

I love the simplicity and effectiveness in the store design, which is a hallmark of Varnam.

Karthik Vaidyanathan on 3 things that he would say to a Creative Entrepreneur or to a person who wants to pursue a creative career and live their passion.

"Right from my first job of working in music till today, I have never chosen a job for the money but always for its content. I have been very sensitive to the fact that I should never have to drag myself to work and thankfully that has been rare in all my jobs. I would often spend my salary by the middle of the month but I had a great work life with some wonderful learnings in every job. When people tell me it's important to have a work life balance (since I am so engrossed in work mostly), I feel my work in itself gives me a lot of balance. It makes me feel as young and energetic as i did during my first job. I don't feel jaded." 

"Life rarely gives second chances. And when it does, make every use of it. " a quote that I now swear by. I always wanted to study design but I couldn't due to parental and societal pressure. But many years later, I was lucky enough to rekindle my passion for it. And it's given me a new lease of life. A certain self confidence that perhaps I didn't need to go to design school after all. Sheer hard work and passion was enough to see me through. I was at a recent conference where a representative of the famous dabbwalas of Mumbai spoke. He said that they didn't work hard for the fame and success. They just loved doing what they did and the rest followed. That story resonated with me. Fame and success will come when the time is right. Till then one needs to enjoy the process of doing what one does. Who would have thought that an engineer who once produced classical music would now create products that make a difference to people's lives. I do not ever wish to take this second chance for granted.

"God lies in the little details. I am very very particular about the little details. When doing a piece of furniture or a product I always tend to check the corners or the under sides where people may usually not look. The aim is always to create a product of the same finish and quality that I expect of others when spending my hard earned money."

Click her for the Varnam FB page.
and here for the Varnam the online store.

Friday, January 22, 2016

An evening in Sagar, Amer, Jaipur

Rajasthan is a state where, where ever you look you will encounter beauty, in the crumbling haveli's, in the many stately forts and palaces, in every detail of masterfully painted and mirrored walls in the palaces, in the narrow winding but decorated streets, in flying peacocks that meet you in your treks to a palace, in the truly welcoming eyes and heart of a Rajasthani. 
This time I went to Jaipur I reconnected with the family I stayed with 12 years back in Amer, very close to the magnificient Amber Palace. Meeting Prashant Sharma and his family after 12 years was an amazing experience. Amber Palace and The Anokhi Museum were walking distance from his home. Prashant told me how he used to play cricket and the ball would land in the place that is the newly restored Anokhi Museum. Amer is also home to the only temple in India where the deities are Krishna and Meerabai. In the middle is a small step well on the way to the majestically quiet Sagar

From Anokhi we walked around to see this charming step well. 

One of the best kept secrets of the city of Amer is a 17th century lake ‘Sagar’, which was the primary source of water for the adjoining forts of Amer and Jaigarh as well as the city of Amer and its people. Tucked away beyond Kheri Gate and the Anokhi Museum, the lake can be reached by car and then one can walk around its boundary. More here.
Built during the reign of Raja Man Singh, the lake which is divided into two parts- the Upper Sagar and the Lower Sagar, kept a check on the water table of the region. It was designed in a manner that it was connected with various step wells in the region, which automatically filled up once the ‘Sagar’ had reached its capacity. More here.

Walking ahead we saw the steps down, but Prashant decided to take us on an exploratory trek around Sagar
And we walked up this winding path- actually we didn't walk on the path but on the wall - the views were that much better.

It is on this path (I was walking on that wall on the right) that a movement caught my eye & I looked to see a peacock fly.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 Calender on the the Art&Light Online Shop

For all those people who are particular about the calender they have on their desk, here's a gorgeous option. Created with a lot of love by Riddhi Desai of TinyFarm Studio, each month is illustrated with a different flower. For those who remember last year too Tinyfarm had come out with a gorgeous calender called Voices.
I loved the calender so much that for the very 1st time, you will get to buy a product not created by artnlight on the artnlight online store. Just click here.

‘Little inspirations’ is a calendar featuring 12 original illustrations of 12 flowers. Each flower holds a symbolic message to inspire you to live your dreams and enjoy the simple moments of life.
- 5” x 8” calendar with solid wood stand
- 14 sheets including front & back cover
- 2016 entire calendar in a sheet
- Printed on 200 gsm fine paper
- Packaged in a clear bag & ships flat in a stiff (recycled) mailer
- Original water color illustrations by Riddhi Desai
- You can cut each month's art once the month is over. Frame it or use it as a tag!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Art&Light's Indigo Series

...leaving the air crystal and sweet and the dusty, used leaves sparkling. The lake surface was a diamond-dusted, dancing indigo... Anne Rivers Siddons

Indigo. Blues. There is a poetry in this palette that loyalists will vouch for. I know of people who wear only this colour, Whose homes are a study in blues. I have seen friends try and buy something else and give up and buy one more blue because nothing else is as good. Cooling, soothing classy. I have been dying to do blues and always stopped myself because it was so done. I finally gave in and here is the Artnlight Indigo Blue Collection. Ready to shop on the Art&Light online shop. 

Introducing small Boxes for the 1st time. At 5x5x2 inches, these are small hold your jewellery and make for great gifts.

New Small Trays 9x6 inches + Medium & Large trays in the Indigo series

Shop all this and a lot more on the art&light online store

Wishing all of you a cool, calm, peaceful and happy 2016.