Apr 4, 2015

3 Groovy Picks of the Week

Come Spring and Bangalore turns to one of the most beautiful cities to live in in India (forget the traffic snarls, and the pollution)... most streets are dotted by wild bursts of flowering trees. My daily morning walk to work is less hurried these days, I have to pause and take in the Yellow Cassia and Jacaranda in full bloom... simply makes my day! Just go through these digital illustrations The Flowering Trees of Bangalore by artist Megha Vishwanath and you'll know what I am raving about.

Alright, I am yet to get over this trio below...

(1) Justina Blakeney's latest book The New Bohemians, and its cover illustration by artist Monica Ramos (swoooon!)

(2) Bhang! An online store based in Chennai, India creating bespoke.dropdead.gorgeous.sarees

(3) This Color of Curry post by Deb, the Nomadic Decorator. I love the way it sounds "curry color" :-) its not yellow or brown or orange or what.

Have a beautiful week ahead.
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Apr 2, 2015

In Awe: Elise Hanna Photography

Captivated by the simple yet striking compositions in Elise Hanna's photography!

Elise is a globe-trotter but now lives and works from Chennai, India.



I like what she has to say "Too many designers and photographers are hung up in creating and photographing perfect spaces, perfect people. Less is so much more. I’ve lived in three countries in four years and I’ve learned that no matter where you are in the world, a home is more than four walls and light can find beauty in unexpected places."

Her eye for patterns and striking color combinations in everyday scenes is delightful. 
She has photographed India's everyday in all its rustic beauty, (especially the food) so lovingly making the asymmetrical look symmetrical, loud colors subtle, and ordinary scenes look endearing without being overly processed. 

My FAVE is this Vada-kolam with Vadas, onions and curry leaves :-) Delightful!

Mango ice cream looks yummier through her lens

Saree weaving at Kanchipuram never looked as ethereal...

Masala chai in the making!

The spices that go into a Madras fish curry...

 Everyday scenes in Chennai... Parrys Corner  

Pondicherry


If you love 'em you could order her prints here, and follow Elise's blog too.

Feb 26, 2015

7 Beautiful Portraits and Artist Entrepreneurs

One inspiration leads to another, or it definitely is when you are browsing through art and design websites and the gazillion images on Pinterest.

I love candid portraits shot in peoples' natural environments... in their workspaces or homes, where they are just pausing for a breather from work. Here are some well shot ones, of enterprising, thriving artist entrepreneurs! I leave it to you to click on the links and explore the beautiful stories behind them.

Sabrina Ward Harrison in front of her painting

Richie Culver at home

Ani Alonso of Magia Pura

Polish artist NeSpoon in the middle of her street art

Yared Nigussu with this brilliant strokes

Print maker extraordinaire Cameron Short 

Khristian Howell in her studio

Inspirational, aren't they? 
Tweet: 7 candid portraits of enterprising, thriving artist entrepreneurs! Taking a breather from work in their studios http://ctt.ec/9Oanu+

Do check out these and plenty more on my Portraits Pinterest board

Feb 2, 2015

Inspiration: Brand: PAMPA

I'd consider it the world's best career option if one could travel the world, make money while doing so, and give back to society at the same time. Nothing beats that!

Here we're talking a brand, an offbeat, socially responsible one which aims at supporting dying art forms of indigenous communities... PAMPA... founded by an Australian-Argentine photographer couple - Vicky Aguirre and Carl Wilson - who have traveled wide and far.
"We are adventurers. We integrate cultures. We search nature. We preserve art heritage. We are Pampa."


This brand has one of the most beautiful websites and products (fantastic range of art rugs hand-woven by native South American communities) I have come across. Through Pampa, Vicky and Carl have provided a growing market for the otherwise local artform which might never have crossed the surrounding mountains. These rugs now retail at several stores across Australia and New Zealand.

Here's a completely rustic, earthy brand that I am tempted to idolize. 


Watch this video for starters...
The rugs lined up...

Some of my favourite one-of-a-kind rugs from their collections:








 



And their creators...





Read about the weaving and dyeing process here.

Pampa's Instagram and Tumblr feeds are to die for, filled with stories of horses, sweeping landscapes of Australia and South America, woven rugs, weavers, and yes, Lamas.

All images from the Pampa website. You must go there!

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