Friday, November 21, 2008

'Artnlight' in Hindustan Times Mint

Today is momentous for me. This is the day that 'artnlight' makes its appearance in Hindustan Times , one of the leading newspapers in India. When Melissa Bell from HT Mint wrote to me saying she wanted to feature 'artnlight' I really didn't know what to say. We spoke and she had this idea of writing a 'post' for the paper, and when the article would come in print is the day I would upload the post on my blog as well. So here's my post for the day.
Artemis: Goddess of Nature, Independence and the wilderness
To her from whom we derive our strength,
our powers, our vision, our grace,
where does she dwell?
In our dreams, our inspiration,
Our breath, our space?

Who is your Goddess?
Which Goddess are you, in the shape of your beliefs,
in the sweep of your work, in the grace of your home?

I am about to share with you a book which has long been my favourite "Goddess at Home" by A. Bronwyn Llewellyn. This book introduces the seven Greek Goddesses- Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Hera, Hestia & Persephone and goes on to explain how you can infuse your home with a divine grace worthy of the Goddess in you. Specific characteristics of the goddesses and their symbolism is explained with examples of ways to welcome her home by adding specific objects, colours, patterns or motifs reminiscent of her.

In my last post I featured Goddess Athena and how you can bring home her spirit of art and wisdom. Today I want to speak of my favourite Goddess, Artemis the Goddess of all things natural, wild, free and independent. Each time you think of standing on that cliff with the wind blowing your hair & each time you yearn for the smell of green, know it is Artemis who lives in you. So how do you get more of her into your home? How do you get more of YOU into your home?

"Although Artemis shared the quality of strength with other Goddesses, she possessed an untamable individuality. She knew her own nature well and honoured it. So create a space that announces who you are, where you come from and where you are going. Make it personal, use things that resonate at the core of your being. Don't be swayed by others opinions and choices. Exercise your intuition."

"To summon Artemis, invite nature into the den in all its wildness. Add a vase of tangled twigs or aromatic silvery Artemisia, unrefined containers of clay, drilled stones or wooden containers. This Goddess roamed fearlessly through moonlit thickets. Step boldly into colour realms you may have been too timid to try. Consider warm umber or delicate bamboo, add a woodsy hue of oak or gleaming chestnut."

Cover your floor wit natural fibres like coir or jute.

Frame naturalists sketches depicting natures beauty in every leaf, petal and stem.

Use natural containers of bamboo canes, twigs and basketry for magazines and other storage.

Display photographs of your travel to exotic places, whether a continent away or the next town.

Collect your found objects and souvenirs there, whatever denoted the life you have or the life you want.

To Artemis, everyday is new and overflowing with potential. She doesn't worry of what others think or expect of her. Her spirit is independent, individual and untamed. So bring her home, into you life and let your imagination run wild, literally J

Symbols of Athena
Moon- particularly the crescent
Bow and arrows
Mirror – clarity of self knowledge
Roads and harbours

Her colours
Earth tones and colours of deep woods, sundrenched meadows
Saffron and red

The spirit of Artemis lives in many adventurous self –knowing women, including Jane Goodall, Amelia Earnhart, Georgia O'Keefe, Katherine Hepburn.


Arch at Rang said...

Congrats Vineeta~

Fantastic achievement!!!

Enjoy the moment:-)) Have a great weekend!


vineeta said...

Thanx Archana! Congrats to you too! :)


Great to see Artnlight featured in Mint Lounge when I opened up my copy this morning. Congratulations.

Krista said...

Congratulations Vineeta!

Also, I particularly love this post. It's very serendipitous for me as I also just posted a bit about the Greek goddesses and their connection to the bees. Who's my Goddess you ask?
Bhramari Devi and her glorious practices. I wonder what bringing her energy into my home would look like?...hmmmmm? Thanks for this inspiring idea.

Chugs said...


bhumika said...

su vaat che! Congrats :)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous post!

Ashwiny said...

Congratulations Vineeta, Great Show. As usual looking for some some great stuff from you.

vineeta said...

Embellisher, I'm glad to see somesome who really 'happened' to see it :)Thank you :)

vineeta said...

Krista, I'm glad you liked the post. Artemis is close to my heart cause i really believe in what she stands for. Yes, this does set one thinking i guess :)

vineeta said...

Chugs, Thanx!

Bhumika, Have shu kaoon, thank u! :)

Anonymous, thanx :)

vineeta said...

Ashwiny, thanx, & there is a LOT more coming up :)

Anil P said...

Three cheers. Actually you deserve more than three :)

vineeta said...

Anil, you really think so? :) Coming from you it is a real compliment! :) Thanx!

mohit said...

congratulations vineeta
your artcle was good and must have grabbed eyeballs like mine. thanks to 'mint' that it introduced me to ur wonderful blog world. wish u can give some information on indian godess , i mean 9 Devis and how to bring there postive vibes and blessings in ur homes.
keep up the good work

vineeta said...

Mohit, Thanx for the appreciation :) I too am grateful to Melissa B & Mint , or none of this would be happening. About your question, this is something that I have been thinking about for a while & I will do a post on it, once I feel I have something really substantial to say with any amount of authority. I daresay it will requie a bit of research. Once again, thanx for dropping by.

jess gonacha said...

WOW, congratulations!!! What a fantastic honor! Wish I could see it in person. :)

A Virtual Vegetarian said...

As always....great post and congrats on the article in HT!


Hey Vin,

Yes very cool :)

I was out of town and I haven't really gotten down to posting abt it. Also have not seen the actual hard copy! We don't get Mint here, so waiting for that.

Anyway congrats!

vineeta said...

Jess, thanx a ton :) I might post a photograph of the article :)

vineeta said...

A virtual vegetarian, I'm so glad you stopped by to comment, I'm sure you are a regular reader & I just didn't know. Thanx, Keep reading. I promise to keep doing what i love to do :)

vineeta said...

Masala Chai, I figured you were out of town. I have picked up my copy. Had I known I'd have picked one for you as well. I can mail you the pdf Melissa mailed me though. A Big hug & its so fun cause we share this good thing!!!

Dee said...

Hi Vineeta, let me first congratulate you on the HT feature! I stumbled upon your blog yesterday and thank God for that :) It is a lovely space and you have filled with with colour, beautiful design and concepts. I am a lover of photography, ethnic design, folk art, etc. I am adding you to my favourite links list, will make many more visits back here for sure. Cheers! Dee.

vineeta said...

Dee, I'm so glad you made this comment or I wouldn't see your work. Its really beautiful. Thanx for your appreciation. This is something I just love doing. So keep dropping by to read new stuff :)

Krista said...

Krista here from Luminous Life, just wanted to send you a personal note to tell you that my thoughts and prayers are with you right now. I hope you
and all your loved ones are safe and held close in the wings of light and love.

Peace & Love,

vineeta said...

Krista, thanx so much for the love and light. I hope some of it reaches the misguided people who are doing all this. This is so sad and upsetting. We are all sitting glued to our television sets.
Thanx for caring & your message. Hugs!