Handmade paper with its rough texture allows a better finish, says Anuradha Iyer
VISAKHAPATNAM: She transformed a patchy wall into a large-scale painting of an exotic landscape with aquamarine waterfalls in the distance.
Fusion is her passion as she mixes Varali (a Maharashtrian tribe) designs with intricate patterns from various ethnic cultures to make wall hangings, paintings and other decorative items.
A stint with Mumbai based organisation `Bombay Paperie' that creates awareness on the craft of papermaking by hand, led naval wife Anuradha Iyer to a new artistic discovery - paper jewellery. "Unlike metal there is so much scope and variety to making jewellery from hand-made paper," she said. Hand-made paper with its rough texture allows for better colour absorption and finished look. "It is low investment and raw materials such as hooks and other items such as glass beads, sequins, ceramic beads are readily available," she said.
Gifted with a natural flair for art and crafts Anuradha is a marketing professional by training. "I have not learnt art I always had a natural inclination towards painting, sketching and anything creative," she said.
Tile paintings, glass paintings, handmade photo frames, hand-painted kurtas and sarees, vases, drawing room centre pieces, she can work on any medium with acrylic, oil, fabric or poster paints.
"If I have an idea, I work with the concept and make something out of it," she said.
Anuradha has sold her creations to select clientele in Mumbai. "I usually make items for friends who like my work and want something to brighten up their homes," she said.
As a volunteer with Mumbai based NGO for street children, SUPPORT (Society for Undertaking Poor Peoples Onus for Rehabilitation), she used to involve children in art activities.
"When the children leave the organisation these skills should enable them to become financially independent," she said.