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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Love Art & Pop up @ The Spiritual Company

And here's the news I wanted to share with all of you! Announcing the Love, Art & Pop-Up Show at The Spiritual Company.(blogged about this here) June 27 & 28. Please mark your calenders & be there. It will be a celebration of Art, creativity, Fashion, Food and the spirit of entrepreneurship above all else. 
Putting this together has been a heartwarming experience and there will be many 1st timers - like I once was. Do, do come, we will all be there with what we do best. 
This is the event page - please click on it & click "Join". 
Without much ado - announcing a few of the participants. 

Atechi, derived from an old Indian word ‘attaichi’, means suitcase, a portable box full of clothes. As the name resonates, Atechi is a box full of clothes; a clothing library that showcases works of various designers and makes them accessible through the buying options of Rental and EMI.

This is their FB page. Do like them and come and check out their designer wear. 

Learning Room is a refreshing blend of learning and home d├ęcor. Designed to make every moment that mum and babies share an enriching, playful and joyous one.
"Through my own experiences as a mum, and my profession as a graphic designer, I would like to reach out to other mums. To share and experience what I am experiencing. To make every moment with their baby an enriching, playful and joyous one." Neha Mittal

Pig : oink cushion cover 12"
Embroidered on 100% cotton pre washed fabric

And Neha is introducing a NEW concept just in time for the Love Art & Pop-up event!

This is the Cover Page, customise your travelogue with your name, passion and favorite colour. Eg: Travelogue of Chef Riya, Travels of Astronaut Kabir - So cool !!
Learning Room on FB. You can check this page to see her entire collection. And good news! For those of you who can't make it for this show - She also sells on Amazon

Leenata is an artist I have admired for the longest time. And she is part of this show. Whether its her paintings or her cakes or her persona - there is grace and beauty in everything she does. 
Art. Design. Styling. 

Leenata is also a Tarot reader and will have Tarot sessions at the Love Art & Pop Up show. 
This is Leenata's FB page

And there's more coming up!! Stay tuned. And all of you in Bombay- DO DO come. You will get to see The Spiritual Company. I will look forward to meeting all of you. Art&Light products will be there. Plus you will get to meet all these gorgeous people and their amazing work. 
PLUS there will be Make up Workshops & Posture Workshop and Tarot Sessions.
Lots to look forward to!!
June 27 - Saturday - 10am - 9 pm + June 28 - Sunday - 10am- 6pm
This is the event page - please click on it & click "Join". And do spread the word.
This is the address: 001, A Wing,Ground Floor, Ruby House, J K Sawant Street,Dadar West,Lane Next to Plaza Cinema,Opposite McDonalds, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400028. Ph: 022 2438 2626

Painting Lotuses in The Spiritual Company

For so many of you who have wanted to know about my work and journey and inspiration, in many ways this post holds the answer. In 2008, I was working as an art director in advertising, I wanted to quit but didn't know how. There were EMIs to be paid. A close friend had recommended I try this, so I signed up for a course and that is how I met my teacher, Prasad Karmarkar. I knew I had found my home and my path. I didn't know how much my life will change - but change it did. I left my job to start making products - all of you who have been following my blog know how. One small step at a time. I met people who became my anchors and stay so till date. Reiki and meditation became a way of life.
But the biggest thing I found was courage. To live my life, on my own terms. I learnt that leaving my comfort zone will give me my biggest rewards, I learnt to have fun and to explore. I learnt 1st hand the power of prayer. My brand Artnlight and my products are a result of this process. 
Last year we finally got a place which we could call our own and a new name "The Spiritual Company". Why "company"? because that's where you are in the company of people with whom you can pray, sing, dance & crack up. And have the most fun in the world. I also got an opportunity - actually a privilege -  of painting - a part of the walls and the cupboards of this amazing space.

Once again I was doing something that was completely out of my comfort zone. While I learnt art in college - it was "Applied art" and I do not consider myself a painter or an artist who paints by any stretch of my own imagination. In my head I'm more of a designer which is a whole universe away from being and 'artist' who paints. And yet here I was standing on ladders, painting large lotuses - learning how acrylic paint behaves on walls- how certain colours become darker when dry and others lighter. How you need at least 2 coats for the paint to sit smooth. But the biggest thing I learnt perhaps is that when you don't attempt something you think is 'big' - it is only your own definition that limited you in the 1st place. That and what you loose by not starting something because it scares the daylights out of you. 
I cannot even begin to tell you what it means for my art to be an integral part of the space that means everything to me. 
 This has taken time, way more time than I imagined. I have painted this slowly, petal by petal, over months.

While painting I hardly clicked pictures. Infact there is more progress than seen here. I realised that I had more pictures clicked on my phone and on my instagram. Those of you who have followed my feed must have seen this as it was coming along - realtime. 
 Why didn't I share this earlier - because this is really a very personal part of my journey - and also because my teacher Prasad always says - "Be a submarine. Work silently, and let the work speak for itself"
To know more about The Spiritual Company click on their website. There are many training programmes, therapies and techniques including Reiki, Yoga, Counselling, Dancercise and more. This is the facebook page, you can like it follow it for updates.
But all these are just words - how can one begin to describe the grace and the beauty and the precious experiences that only being in that moment can make you live. The work that we do is at the core of every good thing that is my life. It is what holds me strong and gives me faith and gives me the most sparkling mad happy moments of my life. 
The Spiritual Company's 1st anniversary celebrations are on right now. And we kick started it with a performance by the super talented duo Bindhumalini who sings regularly at the Kabir festival and her husband Vasu Dixit of the Swarathma band. Stay tuned for another super exciting event announcement about the Spiritual Company. Coming up next.