And they are here. I made cushions last year for the 1st time and by the time my online shop was launched I had already run out of the 1st batch. The next batch is ready and finally available on the artnlight online store. Its a small batch of cushions and they are quickly getting picked up. Its interesting to note that the same designs work differently on fabric. Here are the Royal Rajasthan range of cushions.
Coming up next is the vintage Range of cushion covers. You can pick them up here.
The beginning of another New Year. Another chance, actually 365 more chances. A lot of things have been going through my head these past couple of weeks, and some of the things that are blinking back at me bright are the things that I would not have caught myself thinking of earlier. These are things that I need to look at, and bring in more of. I just wanted to share that with you.
And a new year is as good a time as any other to take stock and to look ahead. I wish each of you a brilliant and beautiful 2015. A year where you get closer to the way you want yourself and your to be. A year of bravery, not necessarily the loud kind, but the kind of bravery that it takes to wake up into another day and give it a genuine fresh shot, the bravery it takes to love better. The bravery it takes to speak a truth you've always known but never spoken to the one closest to you. The bravery it takes to take your work to the next level. The bravery it takes to learn something new. The bravery it takes to admit you might have been wrong. The bravery it takes to say no, simply and clearly without feeling the need to justify yourself.
And the things that I mentioned that were blinking brightly at me are:
Its ok to ASK. For anything, for help, support, it might mean just asking for a conversation with someone because you've missed them in your life. I've figured it does not come easily for me to ask. But who knows what that will open up. No chance, no dance :)
The other thought that been going on and around in my head is to go in and nourish from the inside without worrying about the outside. Which might translate to doing things for yourself and your body, which might translate to starting a practice - anything, conscious breathing, drawing, just listening to music and doing nothing else along with that - you get the drift. In this smartphone and facebook era where the immediate temptation is to do and show - why not start something just for yourself which is not about sharing with the whole world. Its a thought.
There have been 2 give-away's running on this blog & the new year is a brilliant time to announce the lucky winners. Harishi is the winner of this Syu scarf.
Congratulations Harishri, please do contact Syu with your mailing address.
Congratulations Shilpa, do mail your address to the Artnlight FB inbox. And it will be shipped to you :)
Looking forward to another year full of action. Watch this space, there are some really exciting announcements I have to make. 2015 already looks good. Happy Happy new year to each and every one of you :) What are the things that you are looking forward to this year?
Good news!! The Flash Sale on the Artnlight online store is ON!! And the time to shop is now. The posts have gone up on the artnlight FB page - there was no way I was not letting the artnlight blog readers know. Just head to www.artnlight.in and there is 36% off on all products for 36 hours - till the 29th. AND shipping is free in India.
Many of you must be travelling and I'm in the middle of a mad family reuinion, my cousins have come from all parts of the world and all of us from India are meeting together after a long time. It madness and fun. And I wish all of you a beautiful happy 2015. Lots of love from me to all of you.
Those of you who will shop definitely don't forget to use the Discount coupon code: ANLHNY2015. Happy Shopping And Happy 2015 in advance :) :)
Another year is coming to a close. And what a year. A year of many ups and downs. The downs being my health, and the ups being many opportunities to do good work. One of them was being called to design signature prints for Nisha Sainani's Spring Summer Collection - which went on to become a wild success and had the likes of Sonam Kapoor and many female leads in the film industry loving and wearing them at various events.
That followed by the launch of the Artnlight online store which got a very very warm and reassuring response.
And then came the show at Serendipity - which was not only good for business but also a place where I met many wonderful, warm and amazingly talented fellow entrepreneurs and designers.
There are a couple more which are speedily moving to point where I can tell you all about it. So much to be grateful for. This year I met so many people whose work I have only seen from afar and admired. The more I see of life, the more I am wowed by its generosity and gentleness. Everything in its time. And how taken care of one is.
This year is also a year that taught me the value of slowness. That how it is ok to not rush from one adrenaline high to another. It opened my eyes to how much love and support I get from my closest people who stand strong and hold me tight when things are not ok, This year has been about my closest family, friends, their love and unconditional support. I have experienced stupendous love and respect coming my way and my heart is full of gratitude.
Gratitude, to all the people who love me, my work and show it by writing to me, coming to meet me at exhibitions, by investing in artnlight products and making it possible for artnlight to grow, by adding me as a friend on FB, by following the artnlight FB page, by commenting regularly on the FB posts, by registering on the new artnlight store, and by simply coming here regularly and reading this blog. Thank you. Thank you each one of you. You have no idea how much it eggs me on to walk this path that sometimes feels scary, lonesome and like I have bitten off more than I can chew.
All of this definitely calls for a celebration and I want to start by announcing the very 1st Year-End Sale on the artnlight store. Its a flat 20% off of EVERYTHING on the artnlight shop. So shop away.
IMPORTANT: Apply your discount coupon code : ARTNLIGHT100 in your cart before checkout. You will find it on the bottom left of the cart window - please be sure to key it in this the slot. Or copy paste it.
There is an Special Artnlight Gift Hamper for one lucky artnlight blog reader - All you have to do to be that person is :
1. Write in the comment section below what you are most grateful for in your life.
I saw a video by Marie Forleo - on how its important to list out the many reasons you are grateful for something/somebody. Many a time we hold ourselves back from saying thank you or even allowing ourselves to feel completely and unabashedly grateful, so this once, just go all out :)
Plus because I'm feeling completely happy, there is another give-away happening on the FB page. Which is separate from this. Yes, you can participate in both :)
Colour. Blocks. Unlimited. When I saw Syu's page the colour is what hit me. As I kept looking at the pictures the rawness, the handmade earthiness and a certain honesty of the work stayed with me. Such interesting fabrics. Such bold colour and pattern. I like the unabashed statement that Aparupa Ghosh makes with Syu. Jit Chowdhury an artist whose work I fell in love with on instagram sent me this link. Syu is a recently launched clothing and accessory label that makes beautiful block printed fabric and currently their range of products include stoles, sarees, canvas +leather bags and clutches.
And recently I had the good fortune of meeting the talented duo, when they travelled to Bombay. It was interesting to note that the creator of Syu was as quiet as her designs are bold.
" The distance between restoring tradition and moving on with the contemporary can be bridged by a thread. In Sanskrit, syu defines this very thread that runs across the length and breadth of fabrics to create something wholesome. Therefore at syu, we work with our hands to lend character to a product, that’s lost when machine-made. Using traditional textile techniques and natural materials, we try to shape a trend that you love while staying close to a method we love." - Syu
For all those who want to buy Syu's gorgeous clutches they are selling right now on Jaypore.
And for some good news for artnlight readers!
You can win this Syu silk cotton muslin scarf :)
All you need to do is like the Syu FB page, and put a comment right here about what you loved about Syu and what Syu products would you love to own.
I'm an ex-advertising art director, who stumbled into the world of design blogging not knowing that it would change my life. I am now an independent design consultant with a growing decor accessories business.
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