By Hand From The Heart is a curated makers market event in Chennai, South India. UPCOMING EVENT: CHENNAI: AUGUST 3RD – 4TH,
Today on the blog we feature, Mrinalini Cariapa Founder of Flames Of The Forest, Bangalore; Mrinalini shares in brief her new line up, inspirations and more… lets’s find out!
A bit about yourself and Flames Of The Forest.
Mrinalini Cariapa, founded Flames of the Forest, an exclusive collection of designer jewelry, in 2003. The passionate designer travels extensively to source rare semi-precious gems, – like Coral Fossil, Jaspers, Solar Quartz, Lodolite -and sets them in Sterling Silver, turning them into unique wearable jewelry. Occasionally, on her quests for these gems, she stumbles upon the odd raw Emerald, unpolished Aquamarine or streaked Turquoise, and handcrafts these rare stones into magnificent works of art. Her designs draw inspiration from nature, making them appealing to women of any age. These timeless creations are the perfect accessories to both, ethnic and western wear. Being highly qualified in the discipline of jewelry and semi-precious tones, this conscientious artisan takes special care that the stones she uses have not been dyed or treated with any unnatural process.
Mrinalini has designed and handcrafted jewelry throughout school and college, initially using materials like wooden and glass beads, before choosing to pursue her passion and gaining specialized knowledge on the subject.
Besides making jewelry, the young designer holds workshops – a great way for a layperson to get a hands-on experience designing and crafting jewelry. Handcrafting each other’s engagement rings has become an increasingly popular trend among urban couples today. This fun activity was conceptualized by Mrinalini, and is available upon request at her studio in Whitefield, Bangalore.In the last few years, her unusual designs have gained immense popularity.
Your favourite project you wish to share.
The Rainforest Collection – This project was truly inspired by the vibrant colours of insects and animals in the rain forest areas.
Your favourite work tool?
It would be the blow torch. It not only helps me fuse things together, but I do see a lot of changes while new designs are created.
“Handmade in India”- what does this mean to you?
Our system of things is moving ahead. I like promoting things made in India because we have a lot of traditional craft which needs to be kept alive.
Any design story you wish to share?
Again it would be the Rainforest Collection. I absolutely love the textures that I was able to achieve and this project was what I imagined it to be.
Jewellery & accessories for Men. Trends & your observations.
We still do not have a wide range for men. We do sell cuff links. Trends? I think we’re moving back to the 80’s. I like a clean line design which is evergreen.
Tell us about your proposed showcase at the “By Hand, From The Heart”.
A whole new collection and a lot of signature pieces, different stones that haven’t been showcased in Chennai before. Can’t wait to show customers the new signature pieces!
By Hand From The Heart: MAKERS MARKET – 20th Edition
Date: Friday – Saturday, 7th – 8th July, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m
Venue: Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park
Address: 132, T.T.K Road, Alwarpet, Chennai – 600018, Tamil Nadu. India