handmade india


ETHICALLY YOURS “Celebrating the heroes leasing fashion’s conscious movement” - model: Varsha Thapa - photographer: Keegan Crasto - stylist: Daniel Franklin - hair & makeup: Tenzin Kyizom - Grazia India January 2017

  • URVASHI KAUR - Handloom kota dory tent dress wth kantha details & khaki lining - “Our core aesthetics revolves around trans-seasonal collections with versatile, multi-use separates. This philosophy fundamentally creates an aspect of reusability and longer wear for each individual piece.”
  • DOODLAGE - Upcyled mesh shirt with texture detail using scrap cord, upcyled mesh trousers with texture detail using scrap cord, finger knit scarf made using scrap strips - “Most of our garments made entirely out of upcyled fabric. Patchwork is a god way to utilize tiny scraps of fabrics and whatever katran remains, we ue that for surface design.”
  • RAJESH PRATAP SINGH - Cotton dress, hand woven cotton waistcoat, had woven cotton linen salwar trousers - “It is the process of manufacture that determines the virtue of the fabric. We try and innovate without damaging or disrupting nature as much as possible.”
  • AM:IT -  Handwoven recycled plastic baskets - “I employ rural women in and around Coimbatore to weave the bags. The idea was to empower them, along with creating sustainable and ethical fashion.”

Going with the Flow, Sketches, 2017, India ink on cotton rag papers. A handmade sketchbook with room to grow, it is stuffed with ink wash paintings/drawings, rubbings, and it’s one big happy mess of me having a good time!

Okay…so I’ve had a dry spell art-making-wise (the hand dirty-ing kind, digital photos, I might get my knees muddy kneeling to get a shot of an itty-bitty flower or a mushroom.) Then I made the sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project, which was what I totally needed to get me back on track! Now the creative spigots have opened and I made a shit ton of art in three days…Friday, Saturday, Sunday. All India ink on various cotton rag paper scraps that I’ve saved over the years. (All of the bits that I tore off to make my ragged edges I have saved for paper making at a later date.) My hands were black most of the time, and I still have some remains embedded in my skin where my hands are so beat up and dry, the shit is going to have to wear off…so, I was wicked happy and in the zone…

More photos to come, I’m not done documenting it all…or making more!

Tom Petty and George Harrison at the Billboard Music Awards, 9 December 1992. Photo by Reed Saxon.

“I’ve been asked to share a few thoughts on George, which is fair enough as he’s given me so many thoughts. George Harrison makes me think of the fabulous Beatles arriving, like a vision to an entire generation; of girls screaming; music better than you can dream of coming out of every radio. He makes me think of rockabilly solos and Gretsch guitars and Carl Perkins and Beethoven rolling over. He makes me smell incense and hear an Indian orchestra. I think of ‘The Inner Light’ and a seeker and a joker and how the further one travels the less one knows. I get thoughts of the Concert for Bangladesh and the first seeds of rock as a community helping the less fortunate. He makes me think of successful artists who don’t get lazy but rather remain true to themselves and challenge us with their work. I think of many great sounds and someone singing ‘Think For Yourself’ and a guitar gently weeping as war raged on. I think how ‘all things must pass,’ I hear slide guitars and harmony. Think of a Dark Horse and sore throats, and the Jim Keltner Fan Club. I think of the movies George put on the screen like ‘Life of Brian,’ ‘Time Bandits’ and ‘Mona Lisa.’ I think about my friend who smiles behind the amps, of a man who loves a good garden, a Dylan song, car races and the occasional naughty chord. I think of Cloud Nine and the brothers Wilbury, Friar Park with Bing Crosby singing ‘Sweet Leilani’ - but mostly, I think of a disarming innocence and a nearly painful honesty. Tonight’s honoree could not be more deserving of this award - perhaps because he knows the real awards must come from one’s own soul; and his music is nothing but soul music.” - Tom Petty speech presenting George Harrison with the first-ever Billboard Century Award

Footage from the event: here.


There is no front or back to the artist statement that I included - since my handwriting in white sharpie is wildly shitty and hard to read, here is the translation:

Side 1:

Going with the flow…a Sketchbook (subject to grow more)

Handmade book – archival boards + India Ink

Rag paper - hand torn – brush – Ink wash-

Rubbings on wet to dry paper (often sheets

used as blotter paper made interesting marks.)

Random mark making – these are the

things I have no words for- 4/23/2017 Laura J. Wellner

Side 2:

There is a lot of energy while

making art – raw experimentation

looking, waiting to see what will

happen – impulsive – there is no

right or wrong – no up or down –

no top or bottom – no right or left.

Inspiration asks no questions it just

is –


Happy Lord Ganesh Chaturthi

Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha

Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva, Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa

Ganesh Chaturthi is significant festival in India with Lord Ganesh, son of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva is symbol of wisdom, prosperity and success. Lord Ganesh is considered as “Vigana Harta” – the mighty one who removes obstacles and “Buddhi Pradaayaka” – the one who grants intelligence.

May Lord Ganapathi shower all of you with success in all your endeavors! Happy Ganesh Chaturthy.