Defining Spaces: Bead Curtains |The Source|

If you don’t already know, I work on art directing confined spaces and locations to their best potential use, and style them to suit a script/ character of a film or advertisement. The biggest challenge always is space division and the only thing that gets me thinking over and over and over again.

I like to believe I have the space planning part nailed, though creating a great depth, function and connect of one area to the other by experimenting with newer options is what keeps me in check. While we can use different styles of screens, glass doors, furniture, drapes, lights, sculptures etc. to divide and define spaces; Glass Bead Curtains are on my hit list these days because I just LOVE the way they catch the light and glisten up like a perfect tease to a space. It is a pleasant layer that allows privacy yet a subtle disconnect.

As beautiful as this may sound it is an uphill task to source bead curtains to the right dimensions and style. And if you want to make them on your own – local wholesale markets like Pydhoni in Bombay (Mumbai) help, but its just tedious to get ‘glass’ beads in this china made world that we live in and then to string them together! – don’t even want to get to that……

This week MMT introduces you to “Memories of A Butterfly “ by Sreeti Mondol who says that it is a simple and malleable concept – the bead curtain.

What we love about bead curtains is that they not only allow for a play with color, light and texture, but also enable us to create natural connectors between spaces. They have the ability to create privacy without disconnecting an area from the rest of the house, office, bar or restaurant. - Memories of a Butterfly

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One should note that all designs by MOAB are hand-made and every piece is customized so as to suite the clients’ design and functional needs! Sreeti surely has created an edge by exploring extensively, in style, material, dimensions and design. The variety of materials used includes– Pure Glass, Crystal, Australian Shell, Bone, Treated PVC, Stained or Sprayed Acrylic, Acrylic Crystal and Wood, just to name a few.

You can work along MOAB to design a bead screen to your tastes or better, just pick from her creations to suit your space. MMT’s favorite is the BlueGreen MOSAIC Glass Bead Curtain because of its intricate and modern design. Her other designs include, ‘Moroccan Blue’, ‘Bold Polka’, ‘Champagne Gold’, ‘Glass Crystal Multicolored’, ‘Pomegranate Gold’, ‘SeaBlueGreen Aztek’, ‘Topaz Leaf’, ‘Acrylic Crystal’s’ and ‘Chandelier Decor’.

View much more and contact Sreeti Mondol – Director and Principal Designer for Memories of a Butterfly through her facebook page linked here and/or her website www.memoriesofabutterfly.com; having been at this for almost a decade, you can be sure to find the advise and help you need from Sreeti.

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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Paper Prowess |Source|

One thing that has totally impressed me always is the use of the right paper. It's that background which upholds the identity of one's design, the intend of a photograph, the character of your writing...... it's like a foundation of any building. Well yes! That's how important choosing the right paper is because you may ignore it, but it is that little detail that enhances the overall experience.
Sun Papers in Bora Bazaar, Chimanlals in Wallace Street, and Sona Commercial in Lower Parel, bombay (mumbai), India are MMT’s favourite shop stops for paper.
Chimanlals has been making and selling handmade paper and paper products for the past 50 years bringing along a paper culture in India and overseas. Their pursuit of traditional designs and printing techniques reflect in their stationery collateral (letterheads, envelops, visiting cards, desk organizers) wrapping papers, wedding invites, gift cards and many other accessories. If you want all the Indianness in your paper – ikkat, bandhani, ghumar, patola, warli, block etc etc. Chimanlal’s is your must go to store.

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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! 🙂

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!