Friday, July 17, 2015

INSPIRERs - Ritika Mittal of MORA

Here's the poster girl that inspiration might have well chosen for herself.
Ritika Mittal of Mora needs no introduction.
When she announces her annual online sale people who have spent a year maybe 2 or 3 saving to buy a piece of art - a MORA saree - that she created, drop everything else in a mad rush to be that 1st person who lays claim to the only piece with her name on it. Because it is truly 1st come, 1st serve and there is truly only one piece ever created. No reproductions, no 2nd editions - Just one piece of art that you get to call your own & when she sends it to you - she sends it with a handwritten note, which she sits down and writes herself.

Nothing about her work is assembly line. Everything about her work is aspirational. That she dances where angels fear to tread, that she revives dying forms of textiles and weaves that would have never seen light of day were it not for her, that she mixes and matches like rules didn't exist.
That she lives most of the year in a mobile van travelling to where no public transport ever goes and places which have seen no electricity in this day and age.  

I was hoping Ritika would say a yes to being part of this series & in a second she did & reading what she sent gives me the goosebumps. Whenever I feel doubt or a lack of courage this is the post that I'm going to come back to.
So here is Ritika Mittal for you - telling you how she does what she does best. I had asked for 3 things that she has learnt in her life. And here is what she said:

The idea that there is a wrong and right limits us.
This is born out of conditioning of our birth, upbringing and the choices we make based on those. 
Its an absolutely woohoo moment when you suddenly see there are really no set rues to live by.
Your start taking your life as your own. the choices thus you make as your own. the responsibility and accountability your own. the laughter and tears it brings your own. You start to be your own. 

Yes, many times you will have cold feet. Many more times hot flushes. Many break downs.

But then, there are many more "yesssssss", "ooooooops i did it, how??... anyways", "so its possible",  "i said something to myself that's so new, i am loving it", "bring it on baby"!!
And that rush, that euphoria of following your heart and doing things you always wanted to do... is priceless. Cant tell it in words! its like you take that big leap of faith and jump... that one long jump... and see yourself floating thereon... forever flying... its like you have exchanged the wind for the land below your feet and you see all you wanted to always do was to fly and now you are flying... an endless beautiful flight... and thats how you are going to go... doing what you always wanted to do. ! Its that absolute sense of completeness, the becoming of you!

People tell me all the time... you have an easy life- no home, no marriage, no children. you are lucky! 
I want to say, we are all lucky. we can all have easy lives. 
We just got to make choices. Choices that make us happy. Choices that make us feel complete. Choices that are driven by WHO YOU ARE and not WHAT YOU SHOULD BE! Choices that give us the strength to get up and say, this is my life, i decide.

So not once we have to say, "oh, i wish"!!
not a moment of envy!
not a moment of regret!
Imagine a space like that!

And its possible! its possible when you take courage to be yourself! To hide nothing! To be same inside and outside! To let go of the fears. To accept life and love as it is.

I was born in a small village in punjab into a joint family that followed strict rules for everything. 
Today, I am 32. I started working at 14. I worked in media and did night shifts. I was paid in 6 figures towards the end. Left it overnight for the love of travel. Got married and stayed married for 3.5 years. Left in love. Found more love.Life on the road is such. Found textiles as my medium to express. Travel as my lifestyle. 

Now i am part of the stories we read in anthropological books. Its beautiful out here!

When friends ask me how you did it... i say just jump! don't think just jump! and believe in the jump!

Believe that there is no universal right or wrong. Its just our perspective that makes a difference.

One practice that i follow religiously in life is not to overthink. The moment love happens with anything, i follow it with love! So much love that it becomes me and i become the love!

Overthinking makes us cautious, fearful.

I believe we can totally live by the moment. and its possible. a life of no certainty is possible! 
Before you even know, whatever comes your way will soon be more exciting than knowing what you are bringing on!

I am a creation of life. I can not create. I can merely express. So, i choose to express freely. with abandon. without rules. without timelines and deadlines. Without the wrongs and rights. without the dos and don'ts. Without the fear and limitations. 

With nothing else but love!

And love is all it takes to be you!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kick starting the "Inspirers" Series

I get many mails from people who want to start something on their own, starting a business with the creative arts. Who wish to create a brand and a business that is self sustaining, that is fulfilling. People in corporate careers like I once was. And a lot of the questions I get asked is around how was it for you?

When you are at the brink of the what is probably and seemingly the scariest decision in your life - you are looking to hear a voice of reassurance - someone who will say - It will work out - just do it - this is how you do it - Or this is what you should not do. And yet is it as simple as that? Are there formulas? 

 It is more than 5 years since I quit my corporate job - have I missed it for a second? No. And yet this being an entrepreneur business has been one hell of a humbling journey. I have had more than my share of  "Hmmm. So this is why most people don't do this" moments. But far outweighing each of those moments is the life that I get to live. My time is my own, my decisions, my choices are my own and so is the accountability. If I waste it - the onus is mine - but for every right thing I have done, the credit, the appreciation and more importantly the work that has come my way has always been way more than expected and has made this journey more assuring and magical than scary.
Through these past years, I have met and made connections with more and more people who live this creative life - who experiment, with whatever media.So a lawyer is a clay model maker, an ex pharmacist is a painter, a ex-financial journalist is a furniture designer and who said an artist should only paint canvasses - why not kettles, bags and furniture? A producer of tv shows who now travels through life inspired and pours her creations into impassioned weaves. So many stories. All real.
This idea has been in my head to do a series of posts called "Inspirers", for those who want their creativity and their passion to become more than a hobby. For those who want to make their passion and their love into their whole life. I will be featuring One person who is an artist/entrepreneur and has either a brand or  their work & life is a brand that breathes creativity in itself. For these people creating is a way of life. Their business and their life is a seamless happy extension of this constant creation and of themselves.

In this series they will each share with us 3 things they learnt or live by or had to unlearn. Giving us an insight into their journey and their experience.  I can't wait to get this started.
All images shot on a recent trip to Kashid. Ofcourse I amped the blues :)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Love Art & Pop Up event at The Spiritual Company

The Love Art and Pop Up show that happened at The Spiritual Company will be special to me for many reasons - the 1st reason being The Spiritual Company  - I can never have enough of this place - and its people - who are mine more than anything else. It felt like doing a show with your family - the comfort, the happiness, the sheer ease with which the set up happened was what we were all speaking about. And this was the 1st time we put this together - so we were not entirely sure of how many people will come in. Some 11 people were exhibiting for the 1st time - we just wanted it to work out for people - for them to go back with a memorable experience. So it was amazing to see the 2 days go by happily. And like I have said here before - its a great show - when you want to but don't have the time to shoot - so I came in early on Sunday & got my shots - and yet I still missed some of my favourite tables.

 Check out Goodie Bag & its FB page right here.

 I just loved Kaizin's very different  and detailed art. This was the 1st time she was ever exhibiting her work.
 Manasi Kadne launched her geometric and graphic nosepics - loved her display!
 Learning Room had some really fun stuff for kids

The Hair Kitchen had some truly nourishing 'food' for your hair & its health.
 Free Spirited was there with their gorgeous happy clothes.
The  Art&light stall @ Love Art & pop up
 Loved Leenata's display at the Love Art & pop up show!
 This is her FB page for those who want to get in touch with her for handpainted cakes

And I have saved the best for the last ~ The exciting sooper fun Flashmob by The Spiritual Company's Rakhi Suryavanshi & gang - got everyone on the floor & grooving. You should've been there. These pictures are not a patch on what really happened.

 For those who feel gyms are boring & have a yen for dancing - Rakhi Suryavanshi's dancercise is the solution to fitness & boundless energy. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Art&Light @ Love Art & Pop-up

To show my work at The Spiritual Company -in that space- is a privilege. It is from here that my work comes from. I will have my usual range. As an impulse decision - I have decided to sell everything on a 10% discount. Old & new products. It is celebration time!! Ye!!
It is The Spiritual Company's 1st year anniversary and they are hosting the Love art and Pop Up show. It brings together many many talented artists and entrepreneurs and promises to be an amazing show. 
Sharing a few pictures of some new products.  

 At Kalaghoda SO MANY people asked me for the Vintage series Tissue Boxes - so here they are. 

These were absolute sell outs at Kalaghoda.
I don't know how many of you remember these designs - I had posted them on the blog many many years ago here and here.

 I will also keep my inspiration postcards which you can pick up. In all these years and so many exhibitions I have never sold these. Especially as simple postcards. So that will be a first.
Do come.
This is the events page. Click on it and join us. And share it with your friends and family.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Love Art & Pop up @ The Spiritual Company

And here's the news I wanted to share with all of you! Announcing the Love, Art & Pop-Up Show at The Spiritual Company.(blogged about this here) June 27 & 28. Please mark your calenders & be there. It will be a celebration of Art, creativity, Fashion, Food and the spirit of entrepreneurship above all else. 
Putting this together has been a heartwarming experience and there will be many 1st timers - like I once was. Do, do come, we will all be there with what we do best. 
This is the event page - please click on it & click "Join". 
Without much ado - announcing a few of the participants. 

Atechi, derived from an old Indian word ‘attaichi’, means suitcase, a portable box full of clothes. As the name resonates, Atechi is a box full of clothes; a clothing library that showcases works of various designers and makes them accessible through the buying options of Rental and EMI.

This is their FB page. Do like them and come and check out their designer wear. 

Learning Room is a refreshing blend of learning and home d├ęcor. Designed to make every moment that mum and babies share an enriching, playful and joyous one.
"Through my own experiences as a mum, and my profession as a graphic designer, I would like to reach out to other mums. To share and experience what I am experiencing. To make every moment with their baby an enriching, playful and joyous one." Neha Mittal

Pig : oink cushion cover 12"
Embroidered on 100% cotton pre washed fabric

And Neha is introducing a NEW concept just in time for the Love Art & Pop-up event!

This is the Cover Page, customise your travelogue with your name, passion and favorite colour. Eg: Travelogue of Chef Riya, Travels of Astronaut Kabir - So cool !!
Learning Room on FB. You can check this page to see her entire collection. And good news! For those of you who can't make it for this show - She also sells on Amazon

Leenata is an artist I have admired for the longest time. And she is part of this show. Whether its her paintings or her cakes or her persona - there is grace and beauty in everything she does. 
Art. Design. Styling. 

Leenata is also a Tarot reader and will have Tarot sessions at the Love Art & Pop Up show. 
This is Leenata's FB page

And there's more coming up!! Stay tuned. And all of you in Bombay- DO DO come. You will get to see The Spiritual Company. I will look forward to meeting all of you. Art&Light products will be there. Plus you will get to meet all these gorgeous people and their amazing work. 
PLUS there will be Make up Workshops & Posture Workshop and Tarot Sessions.
Lots to look forward to!!
June 27 - Saturday - 10am - 9 pm + June 28 - Sunday - 10am- 6pm
This is the event page - please click on it & click "Join". And do spread the word.
This is the address: 001, A Wing,Ground Floor, Ruby House, J K Sawant Street,Dadar West,Lane Next to Plaza Cinema,Opposite McDonalds, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400028. Ph: 022 2438 2626