An Artists Heaven | The Source |

I have always been a person who could spend hours in an art shop - the colours, the papers, the many mediums, everything - more than captivate, hypnotises me! 
And I am quite sure if you are a painter or in any way inclined towards art you already know about these two art marvel stores located at the two ends of Bombay (Mumbai) - stocked to the brim with all possible art supplies - Himalaya and Art Station an artists heaven!

The nostalgia of an old customer who has been going there for years….. Himalaya is one of the first and finest stationery shops I have been to that caters purely and “soul-y” to fine art supplies and/or to inspire the fine artist inside you 😉

Located near Victoria Terminus Station and opposite the J.J school of arts, Himalaya has been first of its kind in India, an old establishment that is now running short on space with their products stocked and stacked all the way up to the ceiling, which by the way has been spray-painted and in a way adds to the charm of the shop. They have the most extensive range of art materials and brands you can think of, here you will find Winsor and Newton oil paint, Liquitex and Golden acrylic paint, Gouache colours; all kinds of mediums and varnishes, drafting tools, easels, calligraphy pens etc etc as well as a decent selection of instructional books on art. One can never leave without having to buy at-least one new thing! 

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A Reluctant Super Hero- Himanshu S. |Inspiration|

I am a traveler, with an office as my car and the ride my two feet. Every single day I go from one corner of Bombay (Mumbai) to the other crossing many roads, streets, lanes, by-lanes, malls, stores, shops, events, exhibitions, pop-ups etc; to source and plan for the work I do. I say I am a traveller only because I meet a million different faces, interact with them, know their happiness and sorrows and see this world with them – Stop . Share . Shop.

Lately…. I have been coming across these zines and booklets which are all about straightforward, sharp and somewhat thought-provoking one liners, messages and dialogues.

“Everyone is an Artist” he says, “There are no dirty words only dirty minds” he adds.

“Stop Making sense” he says “Lets be awkward together” he adds.

“Orgasms are very nice but revolutions are better” he says “Drop out!” he adds…

These are few lines, in fact titles to the booklets that I first laid my eyes on – I won’t lie – they appeared pretty cool and clean, type printed on a pamphlet paper, one lined, bound together and very reasonably priced – so I bought them all! (at least the ones that were on display)
Easy to read and sometimes re-read. Every line, every page intrigued me to read on and they became not just some weekend flip of pages but very impactful messages written in the simplest way there could be.

the purpose is just to be... and in doing so
turn on everybody who can be turned on and 
turn off everybody else...

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Event Decor Design – Tanvi Gupta |Inspiration|

A massive open ground, abundance of ideas, limited resources, NO TIME – the story of an event decor designer’s life.

To be frank, I relate to this and literally live it everyday but there is a small but significant difference i.e. of ‘control’ which a production designer/ space stylist enjoys and an event decor designer often doesn’t. Control that clearly dictates a ‘rule’ over all others on a film set; that except for the design team NO ONE TOUCHES A THING. PERIOD! (of-course excluding the actors that need to interact with the given environment ;)). I can only imagine myself giving threatening and hostile looks to the crowd if something gets displaced from where its supposed to be. However, this ‘rule’ absolutely cannot apply to event designing which is wholly based on an interaction with the audience. Interaction with signage and directions, seating and movement, spaces and scenic elements.

Having explained this… Did you go visit ‘The Lil Flea‘ on their 1st anniversary event held at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) by Mumbai Mirror, in Mumbai (Bombay) over the weekend?!?!
And did you notice all the play with those big alphabet cutouts, floral swings, pretty hanging cane and net lights, bamboo shade square umbrellas, pathways created by many colored fabrics, curtains bordered with woolen tassels, and all the entrances made with collages of fabric attached to household utensils and the likes?? ….If you din’t…. scroll down to see some photos 🙂
Zeb and I were all smiles to see how these little interactions in the space made people so happy, they were designed to not only perform a function but also form the perfect looking backdrop for their photographs. We think it was a great show put together by the decor team which was headed by a dear friend Tanvi Gupta; who in my book is a complete go-getter!

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BLOCK AND PRINT – not just a clothing dye. |Inspiration|

I have always thought the beauty of block printing lies in its tedious process - the detailed designing of the patterns, carving of the blocks, layering of colors and of course the history of its artisans!

Even though block printing is a widely known art of printing on fabrics and textiles not many are aware of its extensive use on wallpapers and leather products. In-fact block printing was the standard method of producing wallpaper until the early 20th century and is still used by a few traditionalist firms.

I happened to stumble upon an enlightening video on the Victoria and Albert Museum website that inspired me to write this post and share my two bits.
The V&A video shows the woodblock printing process William Morris went through to create some of his timeless wallpaper designs; for this pattern he used 30 different blocks, 15 colors and took about 4 weeks to complete the entire printing process!!!
(Sharing a few screenshots for a quick scroll but I encourage you all to watch the full video – linked above.)

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Ayesha Kapadia – Aesthetician & Artisan

Ayesha is a melange of many talents. Graphic designer, animator, painter, typographer, jewelry maker, poet and a closet singer.. it’s a pretty exhaustive list. She has a unique multidisciplinary approach to everything she does and we’ve been admirers of her work for a while.

The only way to describe Ayesha Kapadia’s work is by the words ‘Maverick soul’ Her name is also synonymous with Kometjuice; which is something like her pseudo identity and extends itself to becoming her brand or label.

Here is what we like about her work- it always makes you curious. its dynamic, multifarious, and most often evokes a strong emotional response.. you either love it or hate it!
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We asked Ayesha what inspires her artistry and this is what she had to say:

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