By Hand From The Heart is a curated Makers Market event in South India. Upcoming Events: 22nd Edition: 2nd – 3rd February '18 in Coimbatore | 23rd Edition: 16th – 17th – February '18 in Chennai.
Today on our Meet The Makers Series, we feature Minakshi Rathi, owner and principal designer at The Mojo Studio here Chennai. She specialises in textile based gifting and fashion accessories and has ventured into designing fashionable and fun hand embroidered brooches! Let’s find out more about her story …
What’s been your career highlight so far?
It’s been a great journey, the highlight so far has been to be covered on INDIA TODAY, for accessory designer of the city along with other very talented designers. It was a special experience.
What has surprised you most about starting a creative business?
The surprise element has been my perspective towards mundane things. I end up looking at everyday things very differently. Things I didn’t notice, I notice it and think of ways to use it in a creative way or sometimes, ideas just flow and then the struggle starts to creatively execute the ideas into functional good looking product.
Do you have any design story that you’d like to share?
There are quite a few, but the most recent one was the way we reached to making the fancy pins. I was exploring imagery for a new line of bags with little common everyday elements like,clouds,lips.pineapple….. and then instead of putting it together for a bag I made single hand embroidered pins.
Make in India/ Hand-made in India, what does it mean to you?
The uniqueness in every product, the personal touch of the craftsman,the hard work and detail in making a piece is immense. We are lucky to have so much richness in crafts and handiwork in the country. All the products at THE MOJO STUDIO are handcrafted/ handmade with a special inclination towards hand embroidery.
Tell us about your proposed showcase at the BY HAND FROM THE HEART.
The current line is all nature. It’s all floral, in print and n embroidery.
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