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

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.

Meet The Maker: Mridula Harihar, FULL FUSE, Chennai

Mridula Harihar is a Chennai based glass artist; she works with Stained glass, Fused glass and Mosaic techniques. Mridula has spent 8 years practicing glass art, under the mentorship of the renowned glass artist Anjali Venkat. She has been exploring the range of possibilities ever since.  Without further ado, we introduce to you, Mridula Harihar.

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How do you define the Full Fuse aesthetic and consumer?
Glass shares a very interesting relationship with light. The idea is to play with this aspect and produce pieces suitable for the indoors and the outdoors. The pieces are  funky, colourful and usually have a utilitarian value as well.

Creating a new line up. What’s involved?
The focus this time, has been on working with scrap glass that is obtained from discarded bottles, broken window glass, etc. Scrap glass unlike art glass, is not standardised and so it requires a lot of care and attention when designing a piece since each kind of glass reacts differently with heat during the fusing process. Also, one had to try and create a variety using just few colours- green, blue, transparent.

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 What are you bringing to By Hand, From The Heart.
The product line comprises mainly of long pendant necklaces made from bottles and window glass. There will also be some shiny and loud Dichroic earrings and a few blown glass long pendant necklaces which are made from art glass. The pieces have been made either using the Stained Glass or the Warm Glass technique.

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What is your favorite Full Fuse pick right now? And why?
There’s a series of stained glass pendants made from bottles and the leaves have a slight curved surface. The idea was to preserve the nature of its parent form and use that as a design element. The curved surfaces bounce light at different directions. A definite conversation piece.

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What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten along the way in building your business?It is very important to create art on everyday basis, because it helps fine tune the skill, even if one’s work isn’t selling.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your business?
It is alright to make mistakes and fail multiple times, but one must have the willingness to correct oneself and find another solution rather than be bogged down by failure.

You have been on the BHFTH earlier too. Share the experience.
BHFTH has been a platform to showcase my work and observe how it’s received by the audience. It’s also a great platform to meet other artists and see their work.

Glass artist &  design entrepreneur, Mridula Harihar of Full Fuse will be at By Hand From The Heart: MAKERS MARKET – 18th Edition
Friday – Saturday, 5th – 6th August, 2016
10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m
Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park
132, T.T.K Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 600018, Tamil Nadu. India

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