By Hand From The Heart is a biannual Makers Market held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
We begin our July with this #interview feature on Culturama July 2016, titled, “Handmade, with Love.” Maker’s markets are all the rage now across the country. By Hand From The Heart, a venture that promotes all things handmade, is a pioneer of sorts in this world of beautiful, organic products, By Hand From The Heart is a biannual, maker’s market in Chennai. In this interview with Team Culturama the founders explain the rising popularity of makers’ markets, despite the world moving towards e-shopping.
Meet Deepa Sekar and Kshiti Davey of By Hand From The Heart, a popular Makers Market.
1. Can you tell us what By Hand From The Heart aims to do? What is your vision?
By Hand from the Heart, is a biannual, makers’ market in Chennai. As a curated makers market we believe in bringing to the forefront, the many design entrepreneurs and makers who create original and unique art and craft based alternatives. Our vision is to promote emerging and establishing folks who love to work with their hands.
2. How did the idea for the By Hand From the Heart market come about?
As a team of design & craft entrepreneurs ourselves, we were seeking for the right platform to showcase our works in the city. From our collective experience, we knew there was a grand scope to build an event that will address the independent makers community, exclusively.
3. Over the years, what kind of products do you see have gained popularity at the market?
Over the many editions, we observe that a lot of slow design, natural and organic products have gained popularity. Be it organically dyed garments, organic food, preservative free bath & body care and even organic jewellery. People are looking to going back to the basics.
4. What about the crowd that throngs your events… What are they looking for?
We get a diverse crowd – tourists, locals and the expats in the city. The one thing common among all of them is that they all appreciate design and enjoy the experience of meeting and interacting with the makers themselves. We have shoppers and retailers looking for great finds & collaboration opportunities.
5. In this era of startups and digital markets, what do you think draws people to an event like yours?
Digital bazaars and online shopping may be all the rage right now, but there’s something organic about a personal outing. There is an organic adventure in exploring a market. A certain joy that comes with observing, interacting with the maker and touching the products. The impact of holding a product physically before buying will never completely die out, this is one reason that attracts people to our market events.
6. Can you trace your journey – how big or small did you start as? And how are you doing now?
When we started in 2011, we featured a humble number of like-minded design entrepreneurs from the city and Bangalore. Over the many editions, the good word about our juried event spread within the makers community in India. Today, 17 editions later, we are so humbled by the growing response we have received from makers here and overseas! The dynamics of good content best defines our success. Through our events we want to offer the shoppers the best arts and craft alternatives. And through our blog’s Meet The Maker / Meet The Artist Series, we publish the maker’s entrepreneurial stories that will motivate, inspire and connect other fellow makers and the global audience.
Do visit the By Hand From The Heart makers’ market this August 2016 in Chennai!