By Hand From The Heart is a biannual Makers Market held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Minakshi Rathi, is the owner and accessory designer at The Mojo Studio in Chennai. Rathi is extremely passionate about her Rajasthan roots; and this is very evident in her vibrant and bold designs. Over the last 9 years she has been crafting with her team of skilled craftsman, fine box clutches, sling bags made from brocade, silk, leather and faux leather. We catch up with the designer to talk about her works, upcoming showcase and her business plans.
A bit about yourself.
I am Minakshi Rathi, creative head at The Mojo Studio. An accessory designer and specializing in handcrafted clutches,bags and customized trousseau packaging.
Why is making important to you?
With so many ideas and thoughts popping in the mind, getting inspired by everyday things, it is important to convert that into something tangible, and when you see it take form and shape that looks beautiful, it is very satisfying and encouraging to keep going at it.
What is inspiring you now?
Colours, symmetric patterns and Indian contemporary has always inspired me. I try to put these together to create different styles. Watercolor flowers with hand embroidery and indian patterns are dominant in my collection at the moment.
What’s a typical day at The Mojo Studio?
Everyday is a new day and we would hate it if we had a typical one.Like the ideas, our day also flows insync with our energy.Like any creative house, we have our good days and some very challenging ones where we try to work around ways to make a functional good looking product as close to as we imagine.
Tell us about your proposed showcase at the By Hand, From The Heart.
Currently I am very excited about the fun pins that we have worked on. The clutches and bags have been split into two lines, one is our evergreen Indian embroidered and then there is the new collection which is young and a little bit of fun collection, with the watercolor flowers.
What’s the best thing about being a design entrepreneur?
There are two amazing things that happen to a design entrepreneur, the first,personal liberation-to see your idea converted into a product.The second, a happy customer gives creative satisfaction and encouraging to keep going.
What advice would you share to those who want to take on their hobby/ passion into a career?
Practice your hobby/passion everyday. Be disciplined and keep it a part of your everyday life. Keep doing what makes you happiest:)
I love the city, its challenging at times when you do what i do. The city has its own fashion pace. Also i think its more about personal style and comfort than so much fashion,which is good for designers making them create some customized new designs.
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