The most exciting news!

The tail end of last week was a whirlwind of awesomeness. 

On the same day my eldest daughter turned 17, I received a message into my Etsy inbox. It was inviting me to be one of 35 exclusive Indo-British artists, designers and labels.  My first thoughts were that I could never afford it (hiring a table at the event is not cheap) and I'd never have enough stock etc etc.  I shared the news on Facebook with friends and family and within about 15 minutes I'd begun to start thinking about how I could do it. Everyone was so supportive and enthusiastic.  I began to see the potential benefits of attending and being part of this niche event. A few people suggested I set up a Gofundme page and ask for donations. I decided I had nothing to lose.  I set up the page.

Within 12 hours I had raised half of my £500 target. It was truly unbelievable. Wonderful friends and family donated, along with complete strangers.  24 hours after setting up the page, I hit my target and the stall was booked!  I am still taking donations as there is a lot to organise.  I have never done a show before and need everything!  If you feel you'd like to help, please click on the widget above.

Indo-British Fair on Oxford Street, London,  21st-23rd September 2015.  
More info -  www.travelistaindia.com

"The event will be an exciting mix of eclectic products and cultural activities with Indo representing the east, gypsy, tribal and boho and British the west, vintage, retro and contemporary. There will be interesting activities like vintage fashion booth, British tea sessions, henna art, block printing workshops etc."
"The fair will be showcasing 35 curated exhibitors offering the best of British and Asian and gypsy fashion and culture. ."

To have my art chosen and described as Indo-British is such an honor. My Anglo Indian heritage has always been a big part of my life and my love for the county and culture often flows through into my art.  To be known as an Anglo Indian (or Indo-British) artist, to exhibit among others influenced by similar things would be a dream come true.  I am very proud of my heritage, and as Anglo Indian communities are dying out all over India, I feel passionate about keeping the memory of the Anglo Indian people alive.

So, watch this space for more details.  I have a summer of painting and sourcing products.  

My table is booked for the opening day on 21st September 2015.  I am very excited!

Jan/Feb 2015 Update

Busy Times!

Over the past few weeks I've been busy creating the rewards for the lovely people who donated to my GoFundMe Campaign, along with painting some new pendants for my Shakti Mandala Etsy Store.  I've designed a tattoo which has already been inked on skin, and generally, been catching up with lots of other projects.  I spent the whole day photographing things yesterday ready for printing, so hopeful, in the not to distant future, more of my work will be available for sale.  

For now, here's a few pictures to show you what I've been up to!


November Pendants

October was very busy... I didn't manage to create any new pendants.  As the wheel turns and things level out into winter, I have created 4 new pendants for November (so far!).  I am feeling inspired, so there will be more pendants coming.  

I can create almost anything on a pendant, so if you are looking for something really special to gift someone for Yule, please consider a Shakti Mandala pendant.  I can re-create almost any design I have previously painted for £30 (including postage in UK) and alternatively, I can create something completely new and custom just for you for £40.  All come with birth certificates, pouch and necklace of your choice.  Time is running out, so if your would like to commission a design, please contact me soon!

For now, here are my new autumn/winter pendants.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ShaktiMandala

Tawit Tawoo

This little guy's name is Tawit Tawoo.  He was a custom order.

Custom orders start at £30 for a repeat design.

I will happily repeat my own designs to order. You can specify colours and request small changes. I can also include whatever date you'd like on the back i.e. birthday (if no change is specified it will be the date it was created) and you can also add up to two words.

If you would like me to create something from scratch to your specifications, or combine symbols or designs the charge is £40. 
I'm always happy to discuss ideas!  Message me via Etsy or email me at chaoticat@live.com

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ShaktiMandala

Flamingo Queen

Flamingoes are social animals. Bright and cheerful, innocent and family orientated. The flamingo signifies balance, resourcefulness and teamwork. Flamingoes are symbolic of flirtation and fun, yet as parents, both sexes help look after the young. I think the most amazing thing about flamingoes is some, like the lesser flamingo in Tanzania, live near salt lakes. Most animals and plants avoid these lakes as they are potentially lethal. Many animals fall in the water only to die and become calcified. Flamingoes eat the algae in the water, which is what gives them their pink colouring. They survive in situations where most cant, and they look beautiful while doing it!

Lammas Camp

The most amazing things happen at the Grey Mare Camp in the forest.

I can recall seeing rainbows around the moon, wind and rain whipping up the moment a story has finished after a calm eve, horses circling camp during opening ritual and full blown firework displays..

This year however, no one could have foreseen the perfect timing, direction and symbolism of this years unexpected addition to the camp schedule.

Just as we were beginning our ritual (which later included the drawing of a bind rune across camp while holding flaming torches), just as the direction was being shown, an arm sweeping from left to right... a great noise came from above.

We all look up to see the full Red Arrows display team, in formation. They circle the field in the direction that had been gestured... we all watch, open mouthed as the planes complete a full circle of camp and fly off over the forest.

Leaving us all in a state of disbelief, we continue on with our opening ritual with great smiles and excitement, flaming torch in one hand, umbrella in the other, we begin to to draw the rune across the camp...

It would be good to mention that the shape of the display team, a chevron, matched exactly the shapes we were drawing across camp... You couldn't make it up!
 

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I often feel that when I recite stories from camp that people think I must have been on the rum already but these things happen at the Grey Mare and always have...

While there I got some time to sit and create some new pendants.  As I knew I was to be sitting in a tent in the middle of a field, I took along my paint pens.  They are convenient and inspire a whole new style of design.  Simple tribal style designs flowed out, incorporating the rune we'd used earlier, and I found myself thinking how lovely it was to be sitting out in nature under the sky creating these designs.  

As always, each has a little message that comes with it, inspired by the thoughts and symbols that arose while creating the pendant.  The owl design came out just before the moon went into Aquarius, so actually has a moon sign of Capricorn.

The first born!

The first Shakti Mandala pendants are here!

Fireflow (left) SOLD
Creative Fire (center)
The Red Path (right)

Created on 27/07/2014

Pendants are £25 and come with a 20" leather cord necklace, gift bag and birth certificate.

Circle 45mm diameter, 5mm thick.
Oval 64mm x45mm, 5mm thick.

Painted on sycamore wood, a sacred tree connected to the Goddess and divine feminine energies. Sycamore opens us to the energy of love and nature, strengthens life force and enhances intuition and spiritual gifts.

Free postage in UK.

Etsy store coming soon, but for now, message me direct at chaoticat@live.com if you wish to purchase.