A Hundred Hands – Handmade Collective, Bazaar

If you saw the previous post on the mela of handmade, crafted goodies, I hope you plan to visit! The mela is on from today (23 Nov) to Sun, 27th Nov, 2011. I went there early on hoping to get in some pictures and share with you so you can plan on visiting before the week is out :).

There are so many talented people doing beautiful and meaningful work. Go check them out ! The mela is on at 4 Ashley Road, Behind Hotel Ajanta, Off MG Road ( 1 min walk from Trinity metro station). Here are a few glimpses…

Radhakrishna mud painting

Radhakrishna’s paintings with various shades of mud.

tin trunks

Painted tin trunks by Radhakrishna

traditional Indian games

Indian jigsaw

snake and ladder

Traditional Indian games by Manisha and Vaishali, of KEC Games, Mumbai. The jigsaws of endangered animals, snake and ladder, lagori pouch, nostalgia galore and great gifts for our children.

terra cotta shoes

terra cotta boots

These charming terra cotta shoes and boots make great plant holders.. any thing holders!

stories - in paper

Aditi makes treasures with all the shades of paper, lateral story telling treasures.

post it sculpture

Sculptures in.. you guessed it, Post It notes!

fabric swathes

Gond art

Gond tribal art

canvas, cloth bags

canvas, cloth bags 2the bazaar

So go visit and encourage hand made!


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.

kerala mural painting2

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.

kerala mural painting3

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.

kerala mural painting1

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

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…

papier mache doll 2

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