Meet The Maker: Priyanjoli Basu, PRIYANJOLI, Chennai

Meet Priyanjoli Basu, the principal designer and founder of PRIYANJOLI a textile design studio based in Chennai. We chat up with Priyanjoli about her textile design venture, revival of handloom and the textiles and weavers she works with. Here’s her story. A bit … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Priyanjoli Basu, PRIYANJOLI, Chennai

Meet The Maker: Archana Avinash, Strings & Beads

I am Archana Avinash, Designer & Owner at Strings & Beads, a conscious lifestyle brand that marries crystal healing and gorgeous jewelry to help create balance and fulfillment in your everyday life. Continue reading Meet The Maker: Archana Avinash, Strings & Beads

Meet The Maker: Amrita Giriraj, VYA

I’m Amrita Giriraj, 24 years old, graduated in business and craft design from Bangalore and have an undergraduate background in Visual Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai. For the most part of my design education, the one thing that was constantly drilled into my head was “designs don’t come from your head, they come from what you see around you. Design is nature. Nature is design. Its everywhere.” Continue reading Meet The Maker: Amrita Giriraj, VYA

Meet The Artist: Brijesh Deva Reddy, Atramentous

Armed with only a black marker and an array of contingent surfaces to pick from, this Chennai based artist’s use of extreme tonal contrasts in his work make a strong impact on the viewer’s discernment. Brijesh Deva Reddy, is a Graduate of product design from Symbiosis Institute of Design in Pune and a serial entrepreneur and ethnographer by profession, comic illustrator and an artist by circumstance. Continue reading Meet The Artist: Brijesh Deva Reddy, Atramentous

Meet The Artist: Thamarai, House of Hand Embroidery

Yoga, Sangeetha and Kiran, have worked under, the renowned Jean Francois Lesage (who hails from the celebrated Lesage family of embroiderers in Paris). The three designers and partners at THAMARAI are passionate about reviving the hand embroidery craft with modern and contemporary narratives. … Continue reading Meet The Artist: Thamarai, House of Hand Embroidery

Meet The Artist: Riddhi Desai, Tinyfarm

Riddhi Desai is an illustrator and graphic designer behind ‘Tinyfarm’, a design studio based in Chennai, India. Riddi will be presenting her art prinst & stationery at the 17th Edition of By Hand From The Heart event at Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai. Continue reading Meet The Artist: Riddhi Desai, Tinyfarm

Meet The Maker: Geetanjali Gondhale, Jewellery Designer

Jewellery inspired by Nature, tribes, mythology and India rich history. Sounds intriguing? Well, that is Moha for you. MOHA necklaces are a mix of the old & the new. A unique fusion of modern beads, motifs, and pendants with the tribal wearable and tassels. Moha is a Sanskrit word that means “desire”, it stems out of my desire to own offbeat beautiful silver jewellery. MOHA is a very ‘hands-on’ company and we get Silversmiths to work on pieces that have been brought together from the artisans across the country. The journey of MOHA began with only a handful of custom-made silver earrings. Photographs of these earrings garnered lot of interest on … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Geetanjali Gondhale, Jewellery Designer

Meet The Maker: Siddhika Nagwade & Priya Subramanian, Artefact Designers

Marapachi dolls, a pallankuzhi game all set within a beautiful frame. A kolhapuri chappal, a broomstick inside a beautiful Maharastrian Frame. Next time you see these, you will no longer see them as just a game or doll. Wondering what we are talking about ? Well, we are referring to “Deshframe”. Siddhika Nagwade & Priya Subramanian of Deshframe, Mumbai showcase novel range of box frames – a Rasoi ghar [ miniature kitchen utensils], Torans [ traditional buntings] and so much more. Each of these are put together with pieces from different states across our country, creating a beautiful art work that can become a part of your home/office décor. If only … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Siddhika Nagwade & Priya Subramanian, Artefact Designers

Meet The Maker: Deepika Vaishnavi, Textile Designer and Illustrator

Tell us a bit about yourself. I am a textile designer, and pattern creation is my passion. I absolutely love turning my patterns into products so that people can include them in their everyday living space. How would you describe what you do; and how long have you been making and creating?  Drama – Decor for you and your home is essentially a lifestyle brand. Launched two years ago with a small collection of handmade lamps (diyas) and cushion covers, it was for a target audience who loved “drama” and making a statement. As a textile design student, I always leaned … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Deepika Vaishnavi, Textile Designer and Illustrator

Meet The Maker: Sindoori Thillairaj, Accessory Designer

Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m Sindoori Thillairaj. I did my Bachelors in Commerce, realised that it wasn’t my calling and then pursued an MA Fine Arts in Stella Maris. This turned out to be just the vent my creative energies required and I loved the hectic structure of the 2 years. It turned out to be an ideal platform for me to build my business idea on and here we are now. How would you describe what you do; and how long have you been making and creating? A month back, my paternal aunt was reminiscing about the good … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Sindoori Thillairaj, Accessory Designer

Meet The Maker: Ramani, Papier-Mache Doll Maker

2 – 3 – August  – 2019 Paper Mache Dolls by Ramani  Display & Sale – By Hand From The Heart: MAKERS MARKET – 27th Edition Venue: Hanu Reddy Residences, No. 41/19, Poes Garden, Chennai 600086. Tamil Nadu. India Time: 10:00 a.m – 9:00 p.m LINKS: Facebook | Instagram     Tell us a bit about yourself. I am a happy woman who is close to completing her half century on this beautiful planet. I am a very passionate person when it comes to my work and l love my family more than anything else in the world. I feel it is my responsibility to make … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Ramani, Papier-Mache Doll Maker

Meet The Maker: Rashmi Prithviraj, Artisan Soap Maker

Tell us a bit about yourself. Dreamer , crafter , yoga teacher, nature lover , daughter, sister, mother,  lover of all things intrinsically beautiful ….that’s me.  Rashmi Prithviraj. I was born in Chennai and spent most of my formative years in the Gulf. I love silence, enjoy quiet walks, the company of peaceful people and also time spent by myself. I enjoy listening to soothing music and love baking. I have always believed that nature has everything to satisfy all our needs.. we just have to look a little harder. My journey into yoga and natural skin care makes my … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Rashmi Prithviraj, Artisan Soap Maker

Meet The Maker: Arsheen Moosa, Accessory Designer

Tell us a bit about yourself. Hello! I’m Arsheen, a fashion designer who graduated from NIFT. I worked in a design studio for a year creating bespoke clothing and on the side I would make little accessories to go with it. And that’s where I realised I wanted to learn and know more on that front. I hence decided to head to Bombay to do a short course at IIGJ and learnt jewellery making. Once I was back I started experimenting and creating my own pieces of jewellery and also tried my hand at footwear, and created a range of … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Arsheen Moosa, Accessory Designer

Meet The Maker: Prachita Chopra, Graphic Designer

Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Prachita Chopra; a  graduate from Christ University . I am a graphic designer. I like colors; yellow tops the list. I love to travel and sometimes when I am not travelling I close my eyes and imagine where I’d rather be! My mom Kusum Chopra, is my creative support at The Little Things. How would you describe what you do; and how long have you been making and creating? The Little Things was never planned. It just happened. It started 4 years ago; out of our love to create handmade personalized gifts for family … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Prachita Chopra, Graphic Designer

Meet The Maker: Swaathi Wudali, Artist and Designer

Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Swaathi. A true Chennaite in every sense, I did my schooling in PSBB. An architect-turned-media professional, creativity has been my identity since childhood. I would always want to do even the smallest of things differently. After working in a MarComm startup for 2 months, here I am, looking forward to take Wud Works to greater heights! How would you describe what you do; and how long have you been making and creating? My tryst with customising handmade gifts for my friends and family started during my school days. I used to make gifts which were unique and relevant to … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Swaathi Wudali, Artist and Designer

Meet The Maker: Tusi Roy of Studio T

Tell us a bit about yourself. Craft enthusiast & a lover of Indian textiles, that’s me . I run  a design studio based out of Bangalore called Studio T (Labels include Aalo & Incy Wincy). How would you describe what you do; and how long have you been making and creating? Founded in 2013, Aalo brings in a blend of refined designs and impeccable workmanship. Aalo-Woman celebrates the new-age woman and is committed to unveil her contemporary progressive personality. At Aalo, we combine traditional fabrics with craftsmanship to create an ensemble that embodies the values of the modern woman. Our design studio creates Sarees & Stoles using natural fabrics … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Tusi Roy of Studio T

Meet The Maker: Amrita Giriraj, Sea Shells Jewellery Designer

Tell us a bit about yourself. 
 Amrita Giriraj is the name, born and brought up in Chennai, completed middle school in Holy Angels Convent and high school in Chettinad Vidyasharam. I Graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree from Stella Maris College and completed my Post Graduate Diploma Program (PGDP – 2 years) in social business and design from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology –Bangalore. As someone who’s been brought up by parents who believe in being as close to nature as possible, I believed from a very young age that the nature is the only entity on earth, that has beauty so innate it … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Amrita Giriraj, Sea Shells Jewellery Designer

Meet The Maker: Shishu Suman, Mithila Artist

Tell us a bit about yourself. We are two passionate art lovers Shishu and Chetna, behind the brand “Madhubani Motifs”. We belong to Jitwarpur village in Madhubani district (Bihar), which can be referred as the prominent center of Mithila art. Our grandmother belonged to the first generation of artists who presented Mithila art to the world; she received the prestigious State award for her contributions. Both of us are registered artisans under Ministry of textile, govt. of India and have received the scholarship from Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT). Currently employed as software professionals, we spend our weekends … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Shishu Suman, Mithila Artist

Meet The Maker: Nimisha Teresa Zachariah – Textile Jewellery Designer

At the Artisan Market this August, meet textile jewelry designer Nimisha Teresa Zachariah of Suchika (means: needle). Nimisha creates bespoke colour-inspired, hand-embroidered textile jewelry. Her works are embellished with mirrors, buttons, bead work and all kinds of simple stitches on fabric, giving each piece an intricate surface texture. At the artisan market she will be presenting her collection of contemporary, easy to style wearable art. Tell us a bit about yourself. My name is Nimisha Teresa Zachariah. Born and brought up in Kerala; I finished my schooling from Pallikoodam. I graduated from Stella Maris College doing my under graduation in Visual … Continue reading Meet The Maker: Nimisha Teresa Zachariah – Textile Jewellery Designer