By Hand From The Heart: One Show, Many Stories!

By Hand From The Heart is a biannual Makers Market held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Meet The Maker: Shishu and Chetna, Madhubani Motifs

A bit about yourself.

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Chetna and Shishu

We are two sisters, Shishu and Chetna, currently employed as software professionals and die-hard art lovers. Born and brought up in a traditional family involved with practicing Mithila art (Madhubani Painting), we have developed keen interest in folk art forms.

The works on display.

Mithila art is the soul of all our products. We believe art remains young when people keep experimenting. We try to create various lifestyle products using our artwork so that it reaches a wider audience. Apart from the canvases and framed paintings,  we will be bringing some colorful jewellery, accessories, hand painted combs, coasters and fridge magnets.

Why is making important to you? 

There was a time when crafting was an important part of daily life and every house was a kind of curated space because of these handmade beauties. There were various crafts practised inside our household, along with “Mithila Painting”.

Our grandmother, besides being an expert Mithila artist, was quite skilled in  “Sikki grass work” and and “Palm leaf work”, while my mother loved creating beautiful hand embroidery and crochet products. We grew up imbibing these soulful traditions and have hands-on experience with few of these crafts.

Making comes as a natural urge to us.

What was the first thing you remember making?

At a very young age we were encouraged to create floor painting (called “Aripan”) by our grandmother for various rituals taking place at home. I also remember creating greeting cards for friends on new year or birthdays.

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Aripan

How do you get around creative blocks?

Creative blocks happen and good thing is, with time we have come to know that we will overcome it and things will be flowing  smoothly again. So when we are struggling with ideas, we stop the work for sometime, relax and take a good look around nature. Sometimes reading and observing other artists’ works helps too.

What’s your most challenging work  so far. 

As we work in a very limited time frame, we mainly create small format works, projects that can be completed in short span of time with lots of breaks in between. Recently I (Shishu) started painting a series based on spirituality, that contains comparatively larger format works (22″ x 30″), I was apprehensive about it because of my inconsistency. But I have been able to complete two of them already.

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You have participated in an earlier edition of By Hand From The Heart; what was the BHFTH experience and what have you observed ?

BHFTH witnesses both great artists and great visitors. I was very impressed by the line up of artists who were displaying their works, there was a lot to learn from them. At the same time the visitors were appreciative towards art and artists. They understand and support the authentic handmade product well. The event curators are very supportive and enthusiastic through out the event.

About Chennai What advice would you give other to artists & makers to explore Chennai? 

Chennai provides the makers an amazing audience for their handmade product. It provides quite positive environment for art and artists to nurture their talent.

What’s next for you?

Exploring and experimenting the art as much as we can and presenting them through our products.

Post event feedback from Shishu & Chetna of Madhubani Motifs.
Madhubani Motifs was at the  By Hand, From The Heart Artists & Makers Market event in Chennai. And here’s what the lovely team had to share about their experience.

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How was business for you at the event?

This was the our third outing with By Hand From the Heart. Before the event we were both excited and nervous, but the first few hours into the market and we knew that it was going to be fun and full of good vibes. We had good sales and many new connections.
Describe your market experience. 
We got a chance to meet people from diverse backgrounds, got to see creativity at its best. The market was oozing with positive energy. We received visitors who value and appreciate the efforts we put in each of our products. Many regular visitors stopped by with their encouraging feedback. We had people sharing what they would like to see from us next, and the whole experience was nothing but wonderful.
What was the outcome of your participation.
As we participate in very few events, it gave us all the opportunity to network with both makers and visitors. We emerged a little more confident and motivated, and this will definitely show through our products in the coming days. Thank you By Hand From the Heart for this experience. Keep rocking!
By Hand From The Heart Artists & Makers Market –  Makers Market Exhibiting Dates: 5th & 6th February, 2016 . Time: 11:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m
Venue: Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, Ground Floor Gallery, 4, Greams Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600 006, India.
The Artists & Makers Market also featured a Art Group Show on 1st – 3rd February ’16 . Same venue & timings.

Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1064545906911602/

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