By Hand From The Heart is a Makers Market event in South India. Upcoming Events: 22nd Edition: 2nd – 3rd February '18 , Jenney Residency, Coimbatore. 23rd Edition: February '18 in Chennai.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Ecologist. Graphic designer. Photographer. Carpenter. Flute maker. Student of Nature.
How do you describe your work to people who aren’t quite aware about your works?
Everything that I work with is centered around Nature. To be able to live along with Nature peacefully, to nurture what is around you; from learning to eat from Nature, to work with materials from Nature and coat it with one’s own creativity is what I try to do.
Why is making important to you?
It is the Nature of the soul. It is meditation for me. Working with your hands also keeps your mind calm and collected.
What was the first thing you remember making?
A badly finished dining table.
What have you made that you are most proud of?
A twig chair for my daughter and a fine flute for my teacher.
Given an unlimited budget, what would you make?
Recreate ideas of old furniture for modern application.
You have been working on sustainable designs, how did this start?
Sustainability is my second breath. Sustainability is the future. It has been natural for me to get attracted towards working with natural material. I would attribute this attitude to constant engagement with Nature even as a kid.
Tell us about your recent works and your proposed showcase at the By Hand, From The Heart.
My recent work has been a Burma teak dining table with 6 seat arrangement. I’m planning to exhibit hand-crafted flutes, a stool / center table base made from a base of a tree and a garden low bench made from red cider wood.
What is currently inspiring you?
Space saving furniture and convertibles.
What is life away from your work like?
I’m fortunate enough to have all my passion, work, fun and learning – all in one basket. It is so interspersed that without these, there is no life!
Chennai – your association with this city.
Chennai – where I was born and brought up. The sea, sunsets, markets and the working class are a mark of my Chennai.
What’s up next for you?
Furniture design for schools