Sunday, June 12, 2011

collective craft.

When I received a mail from Shweta Mohapatra of collective craft, I must admit I was completely blown away by the delicate designs on stone. I believe the products really are 'poetry in stone'.

collective craft
is the brainchild of Sibanand Bhol an architect from the SPA ~School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and Shweta Mohapatra an animation film designer from NID, Ahmedabad.
Soapstone Tealight Holder...
collective craft works towards creating environmentally responsible design solutions and engaging traditional handicrafts in contemporary product in Odisha (Orissa).

Shweta and Sibanand work with artisans who have been involved in the age-old traditional stone art form of Odisha where soft soap stone is used for carving figurative forms.

The collaborative currently works towards securing rural livelihoods by generating work opportunities for artisans through interventions and innovation in design and technical processes.

Leaf Series Platters...
Granite Range Bowls...
Leaf Series Coasters...

Pink Series Coasters...
Stone Jewellery...

Their beautiful creations are retailed at~

Gallery 1, Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan,
Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi 110 001.
Ph.: +91 - 11 - 65969600 / 23743321

Shweta blogs at collective crafts

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Varnam presents 'Stories of Channapatna'

Varnam~ Colours for your home, which is Karthik Vaidyanathan's venture brings to you beautiful lamps from their series called 'Stories of Channapatna'.

Each piece has been designed by Varnam and handcrafted by the artisans of Channapatna.
red channapatna base with khanaa
Channapatna is a rural town on the outskirts of Bangalore which is popular for it's wooden toys best known as Channapatna toys. The work involves lacquering the wood of 'Wrightia tinctoria tree also known as 'Aale mara'. The origin of these toys can be traced to the reign of Tipu Sultan who invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans in making wooden toys.
Green vilallku base
Green 'Villaku' base, inspired by the traditional oil lamps...
Green base with White and Gold lamp shade...
three lamp bases
Lamp bases in various colours...
green deepam with purple buta shade
Green lamp base with Purple Buta Shade...

Karthik says,'I have always found the 'glossy' vibrant colours of Channapatna very intriguing and wanted to explore them in a different avtaar, away from their 'toys' imagery. Since I keep a keen interest in home decor, wanted to combine the two.'

If you want to pick up any of these do drop by at
The Ants Store
#2023/B, 1st Cross, 14th A main, HAL 2nd stage,
Indiranagar, Bangalore - 560038.
Tel :- 080-4175639

from June 3rd to 5th, Fri to Sun, 11AM to 8 PM.

(images by Varnam)