In today’s digital world, many of us have forgotten the art of writing. It’s too much of an effort and has become a relic. In the past writers were very particular about the paper and pen they chose. The joy of writing is slowly getting lost amidst buttons on a key pad and the mouse.
Personally, as a creative person, I cannot fathom putting my ideas on anything else other than pen and paper. My hands move with the same rhythm as my mind imagines, the flow of ink on the paper forming words and figures has its own distinct signature giving me immense satisfaction even before the ideas reach fruition.
The recycled paper in this image is from many years ago when we hand-brushed the edges with gold powder. It’s still crisp and beautiful; beckoning me to write a letter today!
15 years ago I sat down to make my first greeting card and since then its been a creative journey that has brought me joy, happiness and recognition. I experimented with recycled paper and created a fine range of stationery along with other lifestyle products.
During this journey my work generated a lot of scrap and left-over paper which I was not willing to discard or part with. We have been saving odd pieces of paper and wastage at our fabrication unit since the year 1999 and collected them in a hope to recycle and reuse sometime in the future.
With time, my passion for paper turned into a full-fledged business and I had lesser time for creative projects, every time I decided to do something with these papers, something or the other would come up and I would again forget about them. This went on for 15 years till one fine day in March of 2015; I decided to make good use of this stockpile!
I believe art can be created from waste and this is my ode to mother nature. This pack of note cards with envelopes is steeped in history and eco-friendliness and a testament to my commitment to reuse and recycle. These are complimentary and distributed to customers buying products at our stores.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!
Once upon a time we only made handmade cards from recycled paper, we made thousands of them in multiple designs. Featured are three cards from that collection.
Our products are beautiful, and our bags better…presenting our new, vibrant, wood-free, recycled and handmade paper bags with gold plated handle locks.
I was invited to hold a workshop on recycling at “Bookaroo” – Festival of Children’s Literature. Papercraft is not only my profession but also my passion therefore I readily agreed. It was for a group of 40-45 children. The theme was “There are no rules when it comes to recycling”. I decided that we would not use any scissors but only tear, tear and tear. “One Day Waste Project” that was what I called the raw material that I took for the participants. i.e. I collected waste from my manufacturing unit and prepared 45 sets to use at the workshop. It was good fun working with paper again because lately I have become more of an entrepreneur and any excuse to get my hands on any kind of paper is welcome.
It was a beautiful Sunday morning at Sanskriti Kendra, Anandgram. This place has a beautiful museum on Terracota with well-manicured lawns, amphitheatre and lots of greenery. It was a perfect setting for the festival. My workshop was on schedule with more participants than we had space for. We accommodated all of them along with some younger participants who sat with their parents. It was an hour of fun with paper and at the end all we could say was….recycle, recycle and recycle.
This is an amazing festival that is four years old now. Authors of children’s books, speakers and illustrators from across the globe were invited to mesmerise the children. There were sessions on writing, story telling, composing songs, book reading, creating comic strips, etc. (Read more here)
All in all it was a good day.
Some more pictures of the festival:
Re-cycled Paper Jewelry
My first love and medium of choice is paper. While working with this medium I feel a sense of joy and belonging and I am always trying to mould it into a variety of products. This range of paper jewellery is handmade from recycled and 100% wood free paper. It has a special transparent coating to make it water-proof. The black border holding the quilled pendant is also recycled board. They are sold as a set, consisting of a pendant and a pair of drop earrings. A variety of colours are available.
This in other words is environmentally responsible fashion.
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