Sangeetha Abishek can turn a simple piece of coloured paper into fashionable jewellery. Vipasha Sinha in a chat with the quilling expert
Imagine you have completely forgotten your friend’s wedding and it dawns on you that you have just a couple of hours left to dress up and head to the marriage hall. Clothes are not a problem because you can always borrow your mother’s sari, but what about matching jewellery? Worry not, for all you need is some, paper, glue and a needle to make for yourself a perfect pair of bright earrings.
Sangeetha Abishek, a quilling artist, specialises in making jewellery out of paper. “These are a special kind of paper strips that are available for quilling in various colours. Apart from this, you’ll only need quilling needle and a little glue. Unlike other kinds of make-for-yourself-jewelleries, this is much simpler and less time consuming,” says Sangeetha, who also conducts workshops on the same.
Apart from pendants, earrings, decorative items, she also specialises in making jhumkas. “Quilling is a western form of art and I have used it to make Indian-style jhumkas which are extremely popular.
While simple designs take anywhere between half-an-hour and one hour to complete, jhumkas take at least two hours. However, if you want to make a set, then it might take a day,” says Sangeetha.
She believes the joy of making your own ornament is completely different and they make for a perfect gifting option to — affordable and personalised.
What started as a stress-busting hobby became an obsession. “I read about quilling online and the pictures looked so appealing. I loved the idea of playing with colour and making some amazing designs. I started learning it online two years ago,” says Sangeetha, who works as a content strategist in a web solutions company. She started enjoying and took the art more seriously. She also attended workshops to sharpen her skills.
“I kept practising till I reached perfection. I started gifting my creations to family and friends and the response was great.
But, I was convinced only when a clothing line brand asked me to make excusive jewellery for them. It was then I started to conduct workshops. I was surprised to see that more than housewives, working professionals signed up for it as a way to de-stress,” she says.
Sangeetha organises the workshops at her residence in Madipakkam. The next batch starts from November second week. For details, call 89392 50068.