The biannual makers market event held in Chennai aka Madras, dedicated to handmade & design by independent talent, artisanal & homegrown labels.
Kritha Makwana shares with us her creative and entrepreneurial journey so far with KRITHAA. Read on.
Tell us a bit about yourself
My passion for jewelry started while I was a student at the School of Architecture, CEPT University. In 2012,while sketching for a mapping exercise to study spatial constructs in the old city, I found a sewing machine bobbin and a rusted metal hinge lodged within a heap of metal waste. Exploring further I found more interesting, abstract and undefined metal waste. It seemed to carry with itself stories, associations and had openness to adapt and gain a new meaning. This piqued my interest in adopting these beautiful discarded pieces and using them to make different accessories.
Why is making so important to you?
I feel an energy flowing in and flowing out whenever I work with interesting materials in a hands-on manner and I have felt a close connection with metals, specifically. Hence, keeping myself engaged in the making process is very important to me.
How did you begin Krithaa and how has it evolved over the years? `Krithaa` came a natural outcome of working back and forth with jewelry, therein experimenting with various metals and techniques also while practising as a freelance architect. Gradually, after gaining more focus on jewelry making, I took a sabbatical from architecture/interior projects and started working more on the brand. Over the years, I have worked around the idea of ‘adaptive reuse’ and its idea of impermanence. The old cities and towns that I visited during my architecture studies are the best examples of this. The flux that I see and experience at those spaces is the constant source of inspiration for the concept building of my collections. Also, the idea of using reclaimed metal pieces is a natural outcome of this inspiration.
What is your personal favorite pick from your label right now? And why? Our textural neck pieces are our favourites. They carry a lot of complexity of the making process and yet have a simple aesthetic to it.
What are your displaying at the By Hand, From The Heart.
I am displaying the ‘sikka’ collection, some interesting compositions from the hardware collection and a range of textured neckpieces.
What is a typical working day, like.
My method of working is completely non-methodical and that’s how I chance upon physical components of my jewelry laid across the city as well as skills and techniques thriving around us. So, some of my days would only require me to roam around finding interesting scraps and hardwares.
What is your favourite work tool?
Different types of metal cutters.