CoppeR BrainS |The Source|

In our recent visit to The Vintage Garden Exhibition we came across a couple of lovely Doctors! Sitting besides a cute little garden like set-up exhibiting all kinds of  terrariums, suspended kokedama and very rustic looking dream-catchers.
Meet:  Dr. Abhijit Varpe (Founder) and  Dr. Esha Varpe (Director) of Copper Brains: Which is a  brilliant green-hearted initiative towards educating and exploring the possibilities of combining nature with art.

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Being the nature freak that I am, I couldn’t resist wanting to know more about who they were and what they do; CoppeR BrainS was established in an attempt to develop a niche where garden elements marry an art form that can be brought into our homes and add life and beauty in our living spaces.

What we LOVE about them is the passion that’s put in right from research to development and the sharing and caring involved!

They also organize a bunch of very interesting workshops! And maintain a blog where you can find all sorts of information about terrariums and their history and other unique  gardening techniques.

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Roanna Fernandes- Writer. Illustrator

A writer and illustrator from Bombay and the girl behind jupiter skye. If I had to describe Roanna as a person in 3 words they would be C.U.T.E + F.R.I.E.N.D.L.Y + C.O.L.O.U.R.F.U.L  and this about her is perfectly depicted through most of her illustrations. Everytime I view her work it instantly reminds me of my precious childhood memories filled with an obsession for stickers!! Some of my favorite works by her are…

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You can view her complete portfolio ‘here’ She has also recently launched the’ The Jupiter Skye Shop’ that showcases a variety of items made by her that are up for grabs! Ranging from beachie jewelry to greeting cards and ornaments to stickers!! (yaay!)

We asked Roanna:  what inspires her artistry? And what is especially inspiring her these days? And this is what she had to say ”Colours, objects, patterns…People! What they wear and/ or do…I note ideas down on my phone, make lists and work on things I am inspired by at the time. At the moment, I am besotted with the Grand Budapest Hotel. Its colours and typefaces, and costumes + sets.. the details are so fine.”

And For those of you who have not seen the film- it truly is a work of art and inspiring in so many ways; we absolutely agree with you on this one Roanna! 🙂

Pranita Kocharekar – Typography . Illustration . Graphic Design

Until the next time-02 Well…. when I got thinking I realised that I don’t remember the last time I got a thank-you or sorry card?! Do you?! Where are the days of hand written notes gone?! Has the world forgotten these little gestures that always did bring a smile on our face?!
Until Next Time – are the most amazing Palm sized cards by Pranita Kocharekar From cute love notes to comforting and inspiring messages, Until Next Time has cards to make your family, friends and even strangers feel better!
What MMT loves most are the thank-you-for-your-service cards that can be gifted to the under-appreciated people like bus/cab drivers, watchmen, janitors, or waiters. Its a small initiative but a great one indeed – So lets make the world a warmer and friendlier place!

Pranita is an artist based in mumbai specializing in typography, illustration, graphic design. Amaze yourself with all her art on  her behance portfolio (linked in this post to her name) or lookout for her maybe gazing at the moon, the starts and the sea somewhere in the city!

P.S.: My husband is in for an everyday surprise card until the next few days – these little cards actually convey everything I missed out saying to him. True Story!

The Second Life_ Waste for change

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To expect a third party to save the environment is passé, when everyone of us can help the cause by reusing things of daily requirements

Well…. we are glad someone is thinking and thinking right and thats why we absolutely love the ideology and products of “The Second Life”  by StudioABCD.

The Second Life is an honest attempt at making products and stationery, reusing and recycling the most basic items like the newspaper- that keeps piling up to be given to the scrap dealer after it’s everyday read; and film posters – that are printed way more than really required. The whole idea is to find and create an alternative & sustain it by adding value to it – – almost like giving it another lifeline!!!

“Every time we dispose a product and call it ‘waste’ we also dispose the energy spent on making it… it must be our conscious responsibility to step out of the system of ‘disposable culture’ and enter a cycle of living with absorbing systems.” 

They block print on newspaper and film poster backs and have a range of stationery that includes wrapping papers, envelopes and notebooks. We totally encourage the idea!

P.S. Love the Up-cycled Film Poster Envelope!