Indo-British Fair Update

Well, I did it!  Thanks to all who helped fund this opportunity and all who helped me through all the emotional wobbles and exhaustion!

I sold a couple of pendants and a few packs of cards and postcards. I met some lovely people and the experience of travelling to London and doing my first show was amazing. I can also proudly say that I have exhibited my work on Oxford street! 

I gave out lots of leaflets and business cards, and have made some great connections with other sellers. Patrick Moriarty who designs awesome Paisley fabrics, Paisley Power, the lovely Tripti Birgi and her fabulous jewellery and Ferne Brewster from Maya Crafts who sells gorgeous yak wool blankets, shawls and throws. I also met some lovely friends from Facebook who popped in to say hi. 

The event could have been organised better, and all traders were disappointed with the lack of attendance and customers, however, it was a really good experience for me to overcome lots of fears.  The next show will be a breeze!  If you'd like to come and see my work in person, I'll be at the Purple Fairy Psychic and Holistic event in Basingstoke on Sunday (27th Sept).

I'll be uploading new items to my Etsy store this week, so keep an eye out for new pendants and paintings.

Love to you all! and Happy Equinox! 

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!

Painted Drum

I actually created this a few months ago, but didn't share pics at the time.  It was a special thing, working on skin, and something that became quite a personal project.  In updating the website, I found the pics and added them.  Only fair to give them a showcase now...

I would love to do more of these drums.  A painted drum would cost £80.  Let me know if you want one!


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!


Merry Equinox!

Merry Equinox to all!!

These pendants are all still up for grabs in my shop, https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ShaktiMandala

To find out more about each pendant, please visit my Shakti Mandala Blog.

Who'da thought it!!

About 3 weeks ago I ordered some blank sycamore pendants, just for the fun of it and to see what I could do with them. I sit here now completely gobsmacked... I've sold 8 out of the 13 pendants I've created so far and am now writing commission guidelines as I've had so many requests.

4 of those sales came through my new Etsy store that's been open 2 weeks. I can only thank everyone that's supported me and embraced what I'm doing. It feels so good to create original pieces that are affordable and completely unique. Thank you Sun in Leo, Thank you Universe...

I've got so much more to come, and as the wheel turns, winter seems more bearable already as I look forward to creating autumn and winter Shakti Mandala pendants. If you haven't already, please come and support my page www.facebook.com/shaktimandala

For more information on my Shakti Mandala pendants please click here.