Category Archives: Upcycle

Art on reclaimed wood and paper packaging

Yes, I am a hoarder though not in the conventional sense. But if I see use in something then I find it hard to let go. If I see use in something but I can’t use it – I pass it on to someone who can. Many years ago when we were moving into our […]

Table for Carol

Carol has been a long standing client and now a friend. She had an old teak wood table that had been lying around at home. Not really being given the place it should have for its history and long standing service to the family. So she called and asked that I paint it as a […]

A box for Sanjana

Some commissions take you out of your comfort zone. This box for Sanjana, was a little like that. Now I have painted Memory boxes before, but this one was done after quite a long break from that style so it took a little while to get comfortable with it again. You can see some more […]

Blue curtains. Blue Chairs.

These blue curtains hold a lot of memories for our family. My parents met and married in 1970 and this was the first set of curtains they bought back then for their new home. The fabric is a beautiful silk weave in an absolutely gorgeous blue/teal color. I understand that these cost a princely sum […]

New fabric from scraps

Any project involving cloth – whether it be to upholster chairs or make garments or bags – will result in a whole pile comprising of bits and pieces of left over fabric. In the past I have used them to make little charms for the bags I make or even as little tassles for the […]

Sadhu(s) on a plate!

You all know me and re-cycling/ up- cycling! If there is still life left in it – you know I will figure out use for it 🙂 A few years ago (in 2013) I had papered some old melamine plates with pages from my son’s old notebook and then I painted over them. There were […]

Funk With No Junk – On LBB – Sep 2018

Thank you Anushka for taking the time to speak to me about my work. Happy to have been featured in in the Little Black Book – Kolkata edition on 24th sep 2018.  

Does the world need another bag?

I am a big believer of re-use, re-do, up-cycle and all those other ‘buzz words’. But I have always wondered about the ‘actual cost’ – human and energy cost – of upcycling/ redoing reuse etc. What is the kind of energy we expend in giving something a new avatar? When is it better to just […]

Re-used Packaging

Sometimes I get asked why I don’t ‘invest’ in ‘branded’ packaging. Why, when I ship out items I choose to use older packaging from purchases made by family and friends. Apparently, as a successful ‘brand’ I should spend more on the packaging. That the customer experience is led by good packaging like ‘un-wrapping a gift’ […]

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