A lesson I learnt

January’s Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank topic:  “A great piece of advice. -What is one thing you would share as “the best advice ever” ?

Ok, this advice is coming entirely from personal experience and frustration at my continued harassment by members of a lay Buddhist organization called Bharat Soka Gakkai. Due to relentless harassment by them alongwith my family, I completely lost my mind 2 years ago. Thereafter, they spread rumors and lies that I lost my mental balance due to lack of money. My business fell apart from the depression that set in as a result of the constant public humiliation and harassment I was put through.

Though I’ve removed them from my facebook account and cut off all ties with them, it seems their ego has taken a hit at not getting there way with me and they continue to incessantly call and e-mail with shameless accusations of my showing lack of gratitude for the 2-bit morsels they threw at me while disgracing and humiliating me. They continue to have my family’s support who don’t even blink an eye at every opportunity they get to abuse me for the choices I’ve made in my life: to be an artist and to not get married. simple activities as stepping out into the local market have become difficult, as these are people that inhabit my neighbourhood as well and look for opportunities to toy with my mind, further deteriorating my fragile mental condition.

The Happy Hands Foundation, India, is an organization run by a member of this religious cult. Whenever, I’ve enrolled for a workshop with them, I’m deliberately made to sit next to members of this Buddhist organization who continue to provoke and harass me. I had to drop out of 2 of the workshops.

This is unbearable.

I’ve had suicidal thoughts for sometime now. Death would certainly bring respite.

So here’s my advice:

You can see my friends posts on the same topic here:

Andes Cruz:  https://andescruz.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/goodadvice/

Tosca Teran: http://nanopod.me/2015/01/20/januarys-new-moon-advice/

What would I do if money was not a factor ;)

November Blog-o-sphere Think Tank topic: What would you do if money was not a factor.

I thought hard about what I would do if money was not a factor. Of all the places I would visit that held my be-jewelled interest. Of all the fairs I would attend and hopefully participate in- of contemporary jewellery of course. Of all the jewellery tools I would buy. Of all the jewellery books I would splurge on. Of the BIG jewellery studio I would have.

But ultimately it all came down to the number of hours I would spend- making jewellery at my workbench.

And those moments….that activity….is PRICELESS!

my Priceless jewel

my Priceless jewel

You can read my friends blogs on this topic here:

Andes Cruz:  http://andescruz.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/anythinganywhere

Kirsten Skiles http://kaskiles.com/studio-updates/

Catherine Witherell:   http://happydayart.typepad.com

Beth Cyr – http://BethCyr.com/blog

Shelagh Blatz www.designsbyshelagh.com/blog

The vigil of Utka, the expectant heroine

I was inspired by the traditional, miniature style Basohli Painting, that I came across in M.S. Randhawa’s book of the same name.

It is a painting of Utka, the expectant heroine who is waiting at the trysting place. Nearby is a lotus pond. It is a pitch dark night and her anxiety is greatly aroused at her lover’s inability to keep his appointment with her at the promised hour.

The vigil of the expectant heroine

The vigil of the expectant heroine

In the pendant cum brooch, Utka’s anxiety is evident through the restlessness of the parrot and the startled deer (back of piece), both symbols of love. The piece is made of sterling silver and pearls.

The vigil of Utka: front

The vigil of Utka: front

The vigil of Utka: back

The vigil of Utka: back

Shiva emerging from the pillar of fire

‘….a pillar of fire appeared between them. It stretched up beyond the dome of the sky and down below the foundations of the earth. And the fire seemed to be burning without any fuel.

Both Brahma and Vishnu decided to look for the ends of this pillar of fire. Brahma took the form of the swan and flew up to find its top. Vishnu took the form of a boar and dug his way down, determined to find its base.’

‘[….] the pillar of fire burst open and out came another god, who looked like a mendicant, smeared with ash and wrapped in animal skins.

The mendicant identified himself, ‘If the formless can be given a form then I am he. I am God, I am Shiva.’

From the 7 Secrets of Shiva by Devdutt Pattanaik

Shiva emerging from the pillar of fire: pendant cum brooch

sterling silver

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Shiva emerging from the pillar of fire

An adventure to hope for.

The bench

The bench

September’s Blog-o-sphere Think Tank topic:  “Describe an adventure you hope/want to experience in your lifetime.”

I’ve been in depression for some years now on account of relentless harassment and constant public humiliation by my family and a lay Buddhist organization that I was once a part of for many years.
By the time I left the organization, all of those relations seemed alien and irrelevant.

The only thing that kept me alive through this entire ordeal, was my memory of making jewellery, which I love passionately and the beautiful jewellery-making posts generously shared by my online friends.
I’m far from well even today.

Recently, I read a post of one the Blog-O-Sphere’s members (http://andescruz.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/solitude-august-blog-o-sphere/), and it started me thinking about my life and the aspirations that once were.
I’ve slowly started working in and on my studio again, taking one day at a time.

Everyday I wake up hoping to recreate a sense of that adventure in my studio, that I once possessed, making it worthwhile to have lived another day.

Construction of the soldering station

Construction of the soldering station

The design table

The design table

Here’s a great quote I came across and pinned it on my board:

‘As hard as it is, stop caring so much about what other people think. Find a way to hear what you want. Recognize what is your dream. And then put everything you have into that: your work, the relationships you surround yourself with, the food you put in your body. Everything you have control over in your world should feed that dream and make you feel like a GIRLBOSS.’ Christene Barberich.

You can read my friends posts on this topic here:

Andes Cruz:  http://andescruz.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/adventure-blogospherethinktank/

Catherine Witherell:  http://happydayart.typepad.com

Shelagh Blatz www.designsbyshelagh.com/blog

Beth Cyr – http://BethCyr.com/blog

Spring: the season of love

Riding on a cloud

Riding on a cloud

Moonlight in spring

Moonlight in spring

Moonlight in spring: earrings

Moonlight in spring: earrings

Sunshine in spring

Sunshine in spring

Moonriver

Moonriver

Spring breeze

Spring breeze

Two birds in the bush: patina colours

Two birds in the bush: patina colours

Two birds the bush: finished piece

Two birds the bush: finished piece

Love in the city

Love in the city

Love in the city: back

Love in the city: back

A collection of 7 pendants & 1 pair of earrings in sterling silver, brass, pearls

A Postcard from Spring

A Postcard from Spring

I love this season. It makes me restless and I wake up every morning with mixed emotions. The sun is finally out and the warm spring breeze- comforting…so is warming my hands on the toaster every morning.
There’s …a blossoming Simal tree outside my window….infact many where I live. Sometimes I go for a walk after lunch [yep…I can do that ; )]. Beautiful big red flowers, supple and voluptuous(hmm…definitly female), strewn all over the street. There are those who complain of the mess and the garbage bags nowadays are full of them [not the complainers : (..sigh]. In a couple of weeks, the flowers will give way to cotton balls, mercilessly aggravating my allergy. Itchy, breathless and teary-eyed, I continue to look to Spring, lovingly..longingly…afterall, it heralds the coming of my favourite season: HOT HOT Summer! : )

A Simal Spring

 

Mandala

Mandala, Brooch, 10 X 10 cms approx.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”. In the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions their sacred art often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the shape of a T.

An example:

shri mandala

The brooch is inspired from a generalised concept of the mandala using the square and the circle.
The corners of the square symbolise the 4 gates or directions: north, south, east and west. They lead to the inert, complete and pure circle, and thence to its core, led to by the 4 needles.
The gates are made of hollow pipes symbolising other passages prevalent, that maynot lead to the desired destination.
 

Mandala, brooch: Top view

 

The mechanism

 
  
Here’s how I got here:
 

initial thoughts: exploring through different materials (a)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

initial thoughts: exploring through different materials (b)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

initial thoughts: exploring content (a)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
initial thoughts: exploring content (b)

a clearer picture: exploring content (c)

  
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Lovebird Family

The Lovebird family: Front & Back

 The Lovebird Family ring is particularly dear to me, as it helped me make that ‘significant’ leap in the quality(maturity) of my work and skill set.

It has Mr. and Mrs. Lovebird sitting atop one side of a vine-strewn castle wall and li’l Miss and Master Lovebird on the other side. The ring is made entirely in sterling silver.

This ring is also the 2nd ring I made as part of the ‘Ring A Week’ challenge on flickr.

Here’s how it started…

the sketchy sketch

I developed the piece as I went along, without any accurate drawing. I quite enjoyed this rather unplanned process and have made many more pieces following this method since.

The engraved castle wall

 

Behind the castle wall

 

Almost done

 You can see all my RAW rings here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/studio605/sets/72157625799589384/