Category Archives: Upcycle

A birthday gift of a family portrait

The family 59 x37 inches approx. Acrylics and charcoal on papered board. . Here it is. The completed family portrait took many months to complete. It’s in its forever home and the recipient loves it 🙂 So I can now share it here with you all. . This is a large piece with 5 portraits […]

Mr Krishna Rao Jaisim

Mr Krishna Rao Jaisim Approx. 12×12 inches Acrylics on wood papered with brown paper . This is a portrait of my friend (@ashjaisim) Ashwini Jaisim’s father. I have never had the opportunity to meet uncle but of course, I had heard of him. Uncle is an architect and his reputation proceeds him (@jaisimkrishnarao)(@jaisim_fountainhead). In fact, […]

Wg. Cdr. MU Prabhu (retd.)

Wg. Cdr. MU Prabhu (retd.) Approx. 12×12 inches Acrylics on wood papered with brown paper . This painting is a gift to my friend Vasudev Prabhu. It is a portrait of his father. Vasudev had posted a picture of uncle sometime ago where he is smiling and pointing to a bottle of Smugglers alcohol. Something […]

American Eagle Jeans with a desi twist.

After all the work I did with the chindi piled up in my studio with the last collection for the @studio.artbyaarohi label, I got a call from a long-time friend and client. She had bought a pair of @americaneagle jeans online that were white distressed denim. It is only after she received them that she […]

Denim Jacket redone

This denim jacket got a new lease on life a few weeks ago. My daughter and I were in quarantine as we both tested positive for covid. And after the first 4-5 days of being totally miserable with full-on symptoms, we were well on the road to recovery. But still in isolation which meant I […]

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 […]

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