Why should there be one word for love?

Frida Kahlo has always been a larger than life figure to me. Always bold, always daring, always a challenging look in those eyes staring into a camera or her own eyes as an artist. There is no subtlety about her. In pictures I’ve seen of her paintings, her clothes, her jewellery, her hairdos, life. So complex, I would think, and so heart-on-her-sleeve.  Didn’t care who saw it. But that’s all I knew. Who was Frida, why did she paint some times of her life in such gruesome quality, what was her relationship with Diego like?

‘Seeing’ more of her life up close, first in the movie Frida, and then at Casa Azul, in Mexico City, only prompts more questions than answers.

Frida and Diego both had relationships before they got together. Was it each others’ forceful personalities that drew them together, to spend the better part of their lives together? Most of it tumultuous even after they made their marriage vows?

In her physical suffering, she seems alone, turning the pain and turmoil inwards, only to surface in A Few Small Nips or Flying Bed.

It must have been a strange kind of love. To love, be hurt by straying affections, to be drawn back together, to part ways very seriously in divorce, but to finally spend her last days with Diego. Friendship, passion, love, a sharing of ideals, even envy. It looks like their love had many forms. You can see much of it in the photographs and in the ethos of Casa Azul as you walk around.





Kerala Mural Art

I came across Sujith at the Kala Madhyam crafts mela last week and the colours of the Kerala mural art quite swept me off my feet.

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They are vibrant and catch the eye from like, a mile away! Looking closer, the mural art which is now painted on wood, bamboo most popularly, is extremely intricate. Fine lines, human contours (or should I say godly contours) traced with delicacy and colored with abandon.

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I looked it up and found they are called Kerala mural art (couldn’t quite find a name that signifies it). One of the more popular resources seems to be  Suresh Muthukalam’s work.

Sujith paints Kerala murals on bamboo and on framable materials.

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Cute things come in small packages and I also loved his art adapted for jewellery!

mural art on jewelleryMural art on wood jewellery

mdf jewelleryBut this took the cake! MDF board, shaped, smoothened and sketched on. I HAD to have one of these :).

Sujith can be contacted at http://www.bhavmmuralarts.blogspot.com/, where he blogs (though the blog hasn’t been updated very recently.

He exhibits at various events in Bengaluru. He can be contacted at the following as well.

‘Phone: 09446085654 / 09495891092

Traditionally India – in wood

This beautiful piece of carved and painted wood is from Central Cottage Industries as well, which I’ve rediscovered after so long! They were tucked away in a bottom shelf and only when dusted did i spot the beautiful blues, reds, and pinks in this piece.

wood carving 1They are bought in pairs and fixed to the wall to hang lamps and other artifacts from. I thought one would look great just by itself.

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Does anyone know which part of India they are made in? I tried to Google it but without a starting point other than wood carvings in India, it’s a far shot!

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Serendipity at Dastakar 2010, Bengaluru

if there’s one crafts fair to wait for in bean town, it’s dastakar. sigh.. truly a craft-lover’s delight. here are my finds this year…

hand painted ceramic and metal hooks for my coffee/chai mugs.

ceramic metal hooks

A painted bottle. it does look like the painting’s been done on paper and then stuck on. either way, it’s beautiful!

painted bottle

Madhubani on papier mache. she looks like a slightly worried Ms.Champa to me…

papier mache doll

Loved the brightly attired lady with the pot, doesn’t have a name yet…

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jute and cotton basket, karnataka

jute cotton basket

stole from kashmir and slippers with mirror work from gujarat 🙂

stole and slippers

and finally, the tree of life. applique curtain

applique curtain