Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Artisan Whimsy


Artisan Whimsy is an online forum for artisans who make jewelry and the components. It was started by Melinda Orr and has an amazing group of members, the world over.

It has started a brilliant e-zine, which is published monthly, and contains the most amazing handmade creations, that can be ever imagined. And each issue is a keeper just for the lovely pictures, but the articles are as well crafted and brilliant as the jewelry they feature... Anyone interested in jewelry making, Artisan Whimsy would be a good place to find inspiration, advice, tips and some good encouragement...

 Personally I have found that if I need to get inspired  just spending a few minutes , going over the awesome jewelry posted by the members , is enough..!

So if you are not a member already, what are you waiting for ...? Click HERE n get started ..

Sunday, 27 October 2013

My Students

Six of my art classes are successfully over.. I'm loving it.. My students range from 4 year - olds to 12 - 13 year- olds.

On Sundays my daughter also accompanies me..and she enjoys the classes.

Here are a few pictures . Once the studio has their website and FB page up, I will put up more info and pictures . For now, I have taken the pictures with the permission of the kids.

My daughter, facing the class . 

All of them like to draw..Thank God..!! Quite a bit of talent in this group. 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A Gift of Earrings

I made a few earrings for my sis-n law last month. I bought a pair of silver hoops and made a few dangles she could wear with them..

Hoops are my all time favorites and I have more than 20 pairs in various colous, sizes and materials... some embellished , and the others not. But I also love the tiny hoops on which I add different beads , or dangles , according to my outfits.

They do not look too dressy, and yet , they can be embellished simply or grandly, according to the dress or the occasion.

I forgot to take the pictures of the rest of the earrings that I sent her. One was green and the other red, if I remember correctly. Earrings are mostly a fail-proof gift for any woman..

The earrings below were a custom order and have lovely barrel shaped silver beads with a disc shaped connector in between. Wearable on a daily basis..

Thursday, 17 October 2013

A New Turn - Art Instructor !!

Opportunities do come knocking.. !! I was contacted by a person who had just started a beautiful new Art Studio. And she had heard through a friend of a friend, about me.

I had previously conducted art classes for kids and a few private classes of mural work, glass painting and fabric painting for adults. But it was not something that I wanted to do continuously, unless I had a dedicated place for it...

I went for a meeting , and we both agreed that we could work together.. I also loved the fact that it was a place dedicated to the various arts. Even if personally, I did not take to any of the performing arts like dance or music or even instruments, I have been trained a couple of years in classical dance basics, quite a few years of Carnatic music and even played the violin for more than 5 years. So being surrounded by that atmosphere made me feel right at home.

Best part is, the classes are just for a couple of hours during the weekends and I can take my daughter along too... So exposing her to the arts and some more playmates, is another plus...

My class has kids as young as 4 year old and surprisingly, they all really seem to have an interest in learning.

I just hope I can make the lessons interesting enough for them... !! My own child, does not seem to listen to any of my tips, and the pic shown above and variations, are her favorite subject. !!

 I will post more details about the classes once I have a website, or a Facebook page, to link to..

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Swardaa Listed on Bloglovin

I have been having trouble with my blogger reader ..so have decided to keep a list on Bloglovin too..  So those who already use it can find my blog there too...

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Monday, 7 October 2013

Turquoise Earrings and Necklace featured on Bead Chat Magazine - October 2013

  The October issue of Bead Chat Magazine has a lot of info about Patina effects on metal jewelry... something that has not caught on much in India. The sparkly silver and Gold are still metals of choice when it comes to ornament..

I have had a life-long love affair with oxidized silver and gun metal jewelry . I was introduced to the latter, during an exhibition in Doha, while I was about 12 years old... and my dad bought me a gun metal necklace with a lovely heart shaped pendant !

Oxidized silver was more because any nice and sparkling silver anklets would soon turn oxidized as I wore them..and I quite liked that to the really shiny metal...

So now learning about all kinds of Patina on Bead Chat Magazine was great ... can't wait to try it out... !

This issue is a lot about Turquoise too and some amazingly fabulous creations have been featured.. I was surprised to see my own creation among those..

HERE is the link to the current Issue of the Bead Chat Magazine. I will also be embedding the magazine in the sidebar.