By Hand From The Heart is a biannual Makers Market held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Mita of CORR BEAUTY, designs hand-crafted lighting & artifacts with corrugated cardboard products from her home studio in Bangalore.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Let me start by giving a brief introduction; I am Mita, a software engineer turned interior designer. I have been working as an interior designer for quite some time, but there was always this itch to make something with my hands. I have been doing things with my hands since I was a child, be it greeting cards, painting on different mediums and later on wood burning art and making recycled corrugated cardboard chair & stool.
How would you describe what you do; and how long have you been making and creating?
When I wanted to make my own line of home decor products, corrugated cardboard seemed like the apt choice for me. I have worked with this material in its different forms, I know the potential of the material and there is so much to explore. The CORR BEAUTY products are made in the most basic way, with hardly any tools being used… just the humble pair of scissors, maybe a needle to do thread work on the finished product. CORR BEAUTY products are fine products which have evolved out of my quest to create unique handmade home decor products while exploring the beauty of corrugated cardboard and thereby adding beauty to the buyer’s life. I have been designing and making these products since two years. Essentially what I set out to do was explore the beauty of corrugated cardboard, CORR BEAUTY.
Tell us about your recent works and your proposed showcase at the By Hand, From the Heart.
There will be many designs of lamps that we would like to present at the By Hand, From the Heart. In addition to lamps we would like to present home accessories such as decorative bowls, decorative boxes, coasters, hanging plates and frames. Each lamp design has been thought out and executed well. How the lamps will shed light as well as how the lamps will look during the daytime when not lighted.
Can you describe your work place / space?
CORR BEAUTY is based out of Bangalore. My work space is the part of my home which gets lots of light. I always love to have music playing in the background while I work. Music helps me concentrate on my work.
What is a typical day at CORR BEAUTY like?
Depending on the product, each product can either take anywhere from 2-3 days to 2-3 weeks to finish. On a given day, work at CORR BEAUTY can be in the design stage or the make/create stage or the finishing stage.
What/who inspires you? Or how do you find inspiration?
Everything around me is a source of inspiration…. The colours of the sunset, the colours and textures of the Indian arts/crafts, the form and shapes of traditional and contemporary products and more inspire me.
Can you describe your creative process and what is the most rewarding part of the creative process for you?
Expressing ones creativity is a continuous process. It starts with inspiration, thoughts, ideas which develop, evolve, progress and end up in the creation of stunning, gorgeous, one of kind products. The whole process which starts with the germ of an idea to seeing your final product come to life is exciting and rewarding.
What’s the best thing about being a crafter / designer?
The best thing….. Well, the best thing about being a designer and a maker is that I get to express my vision for the products I want to create in the material of my choosing. And then to be able to create these exceptional home decor products from scratch is incredibly gratifying. To add to that when your products bring wide smiles on your customers faces and your customers find your products beautiful and innovative it’s heart-warming.
What would you say to someone thinking about selling their work?
BELIEVE in your ideas, your passion and your abilities and then put in the hard work to achieve your dreams.
Anything exciting on the cards for the coming months?
Yes, the coming months will see us developing designs for table lamps and floor lamps.