Thursday, August 21, 2014

Art by Aarohi - Restored & handpainted furniture by Aarohi Singh

When I first saw Aarohi Singh's work with furniture it really made me stop in my tracks. It carries her stamp of boldness and fearless use of colour. The texture, the honesty that working with hands brings to a piece of furniture is seen in abundance in this series of "restored, revived and re-imagined furniture".
 Being a person who also designs products and sells them, I know this - that it does not end with creating something beautiful. One has to then style & shoot it beautifully, one has to market it. There is a different kind of creativity required at every level. That is why this collection is so dear to me. So stunningly created and equally boldly styled and shot.
"My work is about connections. And the idea of using something already existing and infusing it with fresh perspective to enhance pre existing memories on a given piece is really what dreams are made of for me. With each of these pieces that I rework I am looking to add a newer more contemporary dimension to an old weather beaten piece. A box, a chair, a trunk. Something that has history in its very grain, the nuts and bolts, the handles that maybe broke because of the strain of carrying a lifetime of someone’s personal belongings." - Aarohi Singh



 "I wanted to give them a new lease of life. But I wanted to build on the memories, not obviate them entirely. The observer may notice subtle remains which bear testimony to the trunk’s past life. This one in my mind works as a coffee/center table or a trunk for storage at the foot of a double bed." - Aarohi Singh



Catch this collection at the Purple Turtles Store, Indira Nagar, Bangalore. And you get to meet the artist and have Chai With Aarohi  on August 23rd, 3-6 pm. Mark your calender people. All of you who have wanted to meet Aarohi Singh, 23rd is the day. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Mug Festival & a give-away

I have been so excited about throwing this open :) Guys! Welcome to the "Mug Festival" :) - I love that it has a funny ring to it - because funny is happy & that is exactly what this festival is - its just happy time to pick up a happy mug with a message on it. I have been wanting to do this for so long. So I just designed a bunch of mugs with messages on it. Messages that are close to my heart - messages that would make me happy if I saw it around or if I owned it. Messages that are a reminder or a gentle nudge towards how we want to create our day. Some of these may resonate with some of you more than others & that is the point - there is one for everyone. And to make it a little more fun - the shipping is FREE :) on the entire Mugs section. So just go to artnlight.in & choose your mug & order it. And when I was designing these my mind immediately went to a few of my friends & I thought how perfect a particular message might be for a certain friend & so yes gift your friends with a message mug - the one that you feel is made for them.
The festival is happening at the artnlight online store - right here.
 
Imagine beginning your mornings with "Choose happiness" in your head & heart. What a different day you might have. Imagine gifting this to a particular friend who you know needs just this. You can pick yours here
 I have recently started being mindful of how much negative stuff is floating around in my head & how much I indulge in it in the name of 'caution'. What fun it would be if we turned that attitude of caution on its head & expected something wonderful to happen - how much more peaceful and happy would the wait be :)
 This is a mug right after my own heart. When i saw this quote on Pinterest (sorry no credits - because I don't know who has written it) I was just grinning ear to ear. This one was MADE FOR ME :) Also whats interesting is that its not an overtly feminine design - so yeah! gift it to your husband/boyfriend/friend  - who needs that nudge to book those tickets (yes, I am evil :D) Here's where to get them. 
 This is the print I designed for the Nisha Sainani Spring Summer collection & thats now made famous with celebrities and film stars wearing it - these are Limited Edition Mugs.
 Another version of the above design - this mug has the pink & blue shield on either side of the mug. Limited Edition. Buy yours here

This one is a simple Rose print - in shades of well - rose :) its all pretty english and dedicated to all the lovers of pink - men & women - you know right away if this one is yours & if it is - get it here.
If that was English and pink this is very Indian and Indigo.
 
 This one is close to my heart as well. I feel its difficult not to just naturally compare yourself to someone whose work you admire, and yet there is place for everyone and the whole point is that what one person can make or do in a particular way- no one else can. So getting better than yourself is really where its at.
 This one is just a simple, but powerful word. "Abundance". It feels like a blessing almost. I would love to have this as a reminder each day for all the abundance that anyway fills our life, for the abundance of friends, laughter, love we are blessed with and yes, for the abundance of everything that we wish for.
 I did a double take when I read this for the 1st time. How powerful. And how true. And how empowering. Everything that I'm doing today, if someone had had told me I would do them some years back - I would have straightaway disbelieved them. But here I am, doing those very things - that seemed impossible, difficult and 'too big for me'. Sometimes all you need is someone to tell you - it is possible, Look Again

I am so curious to see who will pick what. And which ones will prove popular. 
Now for the Give Away Details :) 
What will you win? Your favourite Mug.
What you need to do:
1. Follow/"Like" the artnlight page on FaceBook
2. Register/sign up on www.artnlight.in (look at the top right on the website) 
3. Share the picture of your favourite Mug from the Artnlight FB album on your FB timeline.
4. Drop on a comment here that you've done all 3. 


Who will win? 
One lucky winner we will pick randomly :)
Deadline? 26th August 2014.

I would love to hear what you feel about this series. Do drop in a comment - Which mug do you like? Why? 

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Yellow Grey Botanical Trays + Boxes.

This is a series I really enjoyed designing, styling and shooting. I love vintage & this whole grey + yellow is not something I thought of as a vintage colour scheme, infact I have seen the Grey + yellow used in really edgy contexts and so giving this a vintage feel was fun. I had designed the boxes much later than the trays and I was wondering how will I extend this French typography into a Box - my inspiration was packaging and label design and I looked in my archives to find this stash of vintage labels which went very well with the botanical illustration & the typography I used on the trays. I'm really happy with the way these boxes have turned out & you must indulge me in the 100 pictures that I have shot of this series.

You can see the range here


You can view & buy the series here
you can buy it here

you can buy it here


I'm really excited with a bunch of new stuff that I just finished shooting. Putting it together :) 
Should soon be up here. Stay tuned.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Tissue Boxes on artnlight.in

For all of you who have been asking - the tissue boxes are up on the artnlight online store :)
 you can buy this here


 buy it here

Stay tuned because next week is going to be lots of fun & some new news on the artnlight store :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Fearless Collective & The Gulabi Gang Art Project

They say there are two India's. One India that is progressive, which had a woman Prime Minister before most other countries did, where the urban Indian woman is walking shoulder to shoulder with the men & blazing trails. And there is another India which does not respect its women, where female infanticide, dowry deaths, rapes, domestic violence are a reality with statistics giving you shocking numbers. Those numbers are a reality which tells us that serious work needs to be done. At every level, by everyone. Sampat Pal is one such woman who very practically and simply is doing what needs to be done. She started Gulabi Gang and her army of women in pink sarees live right amongst the people who are the worst perpetrators of serious and daily crime against women, and they stop them, in their pink sarees and with their long sticks, they do what needs to be done. Women will NOT suffer silently. They will pay pack in kind if need be.
Parallelly after the Delhi Nirbhaya rape case, the Fearless Collective started by Shilo Shiv Suleman started gaining momentum, Posters around the theme "Fearless" came pouring in from everywhere, across the country. So how do these two come together?
Gulaabi Gang is a film by Nishta Jain on Sampat Pal which shows exactly how she goes about tackling the reality of insensitivity and brutality towards women, the reality of the film is powerful and needs to be seen by more and more people. Ruchi Bhimani of the Recyclewala Labs speaks of how the Fearless collective takes forward the message of the film Gulaabi Gang. And about the Gulaabi Gang Art Project.
"We loved the way Shilo communicated her excitement about the project. We got talking about it and we decided to launch the Gulabi Gang Art Project. I wanted it to have more involvement socially for it to reach out to a larger audience.” 
"What’s a DVD anymore? You can just download things. So, I wanted the DVD to be a collectible. And, so, I just saw the perfect ally in Fearless Collective,’ says Ruchi. ‘The Gulabi Gang Art Project is an open call for art inspired by the documentary. It is a platform for people to come forth and express their views, and lend their voice in support of women’s empowerment by using art as a tool for communication. This could anything ranging from an illustration, painting, photograph, or even a short Hindi poem. We’re looking to take this dialogue forward by displaying this art on multiple platforms – online on blogs, Facebook, Instagram etc., where we hope for this exchange and dialogue to continue. Out in the real world, we are working out the possibility of doing wall art on walls and pillars in various cities to further this dialogue in a more inclusive manner. The Gulabi Gang DVD cover is one such platform on which this art will be displayed. The packaging has been designed to accommodate multiple entries. A collage of all the art received, if you will.’  
As part of this project Shilo Shiv Suleman wrote to a bunch of us inviting us to design a DVD cover. Sharing a few of what I have seen of it. This looks really exciting. I am extremely proud and thrilled to be involved in any kind of way in this project." -from her story
  
I can't wait to see the final result of this. 
 
 You can read about it here.
You can read the full story of this beautiful piece by Kalyani here
And this below was my 1st design for them and... 
 I also gave them one more option which is a LOT more Gulaabi & so they could accommodate their text easily.
 And this is a call to all of you who may still want to contribute and participate in the Gulaabi Gang Art project. There are still 3 days left - the last date of submission is the 10th of August.
You can like The Fearless Collective page & contact the Recyclewala page to send in your entries, it could be a  piece of art, a line of poetry. Or you could even spread the word. This message needs your voice.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Peacock Boxes on the Artnlight Online Store

Having an online store disciplines you perforce. I know the range of products I have and with an online store you document your products systematically & when one is missing  - it glares at you, conspicuous by its omission. So while the peacock trays are well photographed, documented and available on the store, the same could not be said for the peacock box. I had 1st made the peacock boxes a whole year ago and yet their turn to get styled and shot individually has just come. Presenting the very popular Peacock Boxes - finally getting their due & finally finding their spot in the sun & in the artnlight store. You can now claim yours right here.



And while the rectangular Sitar Queen tray got shot, the square Sitar Queen got left out. So here she is in all her glory :)
You can shop the range right here :)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thank you :) and an invitation

This last week and for a whole month while I was doing all the final legwork before I could announce www.artnlight.in to the world, I have been thinking of Artnlight, how it started as a blog, and then I started making products and now Artnlight is a brand that has its own online store!! What a journey it has been. And will continue to be.  In all of this I have felt overwhelmed, with gratitude, with just the sheer amount of love that has come my way. You buying and loving my products gives my dreams wings, it pays my bills and more than all of that, it fills me with so much gratitude and pride. I have never said this, but I want to say it, I am very proud of the people who buy artnlight. When I meet you, in exhibitions – (some of you travel distances to come and say hello), in the mails you write to me, in the articulate ways in which you express yourselves, in the lives you live, I inadvertently see people who love life, who are spirited, and all artnlighteans without an exception, CARE. And this matters. Because we live in a world where we can choose to be indifferent. And instead when we celebrate all that is good in our life, the goodness just multiplies. And so I absolutely want to celebrate each one of you, who have been on this journey with me, who have wished me well. I had written mails to a bunch of people  asking for pictures of their artnlight products, and what they feel about it. And what I got has stunned me and humbled me. You have no idea how rich you make my life. Thank you. 
I have started an album on the artnlight FB page that celebrates you. And please do treat this post as a personal invitation for all artnlight buyers and lovers to be a part of this. How?
All of you who know they belong here in this album, if you are so inclined, please do send in your picture of your product, a few lines about yourself and what you feel about artnlight. You will make my day :) And it will be a happy space for all of us to meet and greet each other. This is exciting me SO much :) 
Sharing a few pictures from the album here.
 This picture captures what this album is about, it is symbolic of the essence of what I do. Everything about it, the beauty, the simplicity is what I aspire to. I began blogging a little before I saw Dithi Mukherjee's art for the 1st time. And our journeys have been parallel and I cannot tell you how much seeing Dithi's art inspires me.This is her blog, Her art, and this is her Etsy page.
 For my "Love" to be a part of Dithi's Studio and this table is a privilege I do not take lightly. This is Dithi Mukherjee's self portrait. I don't need to say any more


 Evi and I go back a long way, from working in the same office to being in touch all these years through artnlight.
 Suhael's beautiful home is something that HAD to be shared.

It was an amazing privilege to be part of Madder Moon's show in Singapore and imagine my surprise when I saw this - They had put up the trays on the wall! What a compliment. 
These pictures are just a curtain raiser on the album, there are many more stories and pictures that wil be up soon and the album is waiting for your story too, so do write in to vineeta.artnlight@gmail.com with your artnlight picture and experience.