Tag: Storyteller

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  One of the privileges of running Collectivitea is being able to share stories of people doing wonderful things around the world. Today’s storyteller is Nikita Vyas, a trained psychologist, who is based in Chennai, India. She has set up an online, and a small physical space called The Dreamscape Studio as a way to offer counseling,…

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Hello Monday! Our Storyteller series is gathering steam, and I am excited to share with you the creative journey of Mumbai, India based architect, Dipa Desai. There are many advantages to the internet such as  ready access to news and information. But the views and information presented is often one-dimensional. For example, we all love…

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  Hello! Hope your weekend is going well! I am here to share with you the last in my short series on shared lessons in creativity. While the terms creativity, being a creative or creative living are mentioned often in connection with the arts, it isn’t restricted to the arts alone. The dictionary defines creativity as…

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Hello Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome to another new week on Collectivitea! This week, in addition to regular posts, I want to invite you to join me on a 5 day (Tue-Sat) journey through creativity. How does it work? Well, everyday, for the next 5 days, I will post some lessons in creativity…

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  Today on Collectivitea, I want to share with you an interview that I’d done in 2015 with San Francisco-based artist Nidhi Chanani; it first appeared in the ouatt magazine. You are probably already familiar with her art that captures ordinary moments from our daily lives, and portrays them as the magical, and colorful time…

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My goal for Collectivitea is to widen the focus to the people behind a brand, studio or organization- their journey, why they do what they do- essentially, their story. I have also come to believe that to explore creativity at any level is to come face to face with divinity. Bringing the two together- stories of…

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I’ve been running Collectivitea for a little over a year now, and if there’s been one big lesson I’ve learned, it’s that running a business quickly becomes a way of life. It’s like adding a new member to your family- you love and worry about it passionately and you work to create a bright future for it.  You…

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Welcome to Part 2 of our conversation with Tania Chatterjee of Drishti Photography! (Part 1 is here) As mentioned in my earlier post, Tania works as a HIV counselor in addition to running her photography business. Here she talks about integrating the two seemingly disparate parts of her work.. “….My academic life has been a very…

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My goal for Collectivitea is to widen the focus to the people behind a brand, studio or organization- their journey, why they do what they do- essentially, their story. Today, I want to introduce you to Tania Chatterjee. I first came across her on Instagram. She is a photographer, and runs Drishti Photography that offers…

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Our first pop-up event features potter and artist, Anita Clemetson.  Read Anita’s story below… “After taking a three-dimensional art class in high school, I knew I wanted to pursue additional formal training in art, particularly in clay.  I received a Bachelor’s degree in Art from San Jose State University, and established my studio in Sunnyvale, California.  Besides…

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I am obsessed with documenting the journey of creatives, creative thinkers and  entrepreneurs and creating an archive of inspirational thoughts, ideas, actions and processes.  And for this edition of Textile Tuesday, I want to share with you my conversation with Lauren Adelman, who moved from New York to the island of Kaua’i and in the process,…

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Deccan Footprints is the brainchild of Manvee Vaid who I’d interviewed for the ouatt magazine a few months ago and you can read her story below. Manvee Vaid is an art curator based in Chicago, Illinois who has made it her life’s mission to promote and support the contemporary folk and tribal arts of India. She has…

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Sep 30

Aarohi Singh

Aarohi Singh is a Bengaluru, India-based artist and creative powerhouse whose work has gained a devoted following of admirers and art collectors. It’s hard to choose a single reason for the acclaim that her art draws. She is exceedingly talented. She is bold in her creations, whether it’s the choice of subjects, colors, size or…

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I want to introduce you to Chicago-based artist Chandrika Marla. Her artwork is gorgeous on so many counts- most of them are in intense colors that take me back to my childhood, a time when those colors were all around me. She has a whole series that use block-printed fabrics, but those aren’t the only…

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Textile Tuesday!  Mili Suleman started the Texas-based design studio Kufri Life as a way to reconnect with her mother. The duo aimed to strengthen their relationship by exploring things that they were both passionate about- creative pursuits, design, travel, and above all, living an authentic, globally oriented life. And given Mili’s interest in history and heritage,…

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Here’s to another edition of Textile Tuesday! And the inspiration behind today’s post is the art of woodblock printing.  It’s an homage to the wonderful tradition of block printing but also to the spirit of the creative entrepreneur.  Enjoy!                 Woodblock prints. I must have written hundreds of…

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One of the stories we featured in the magazine was that of Jean Wethmar, the CEO of Cape Lux Travels, a company based out of Australia that organizes tours around the world.  All are welcome, but many of the tours are especially aimed towards women. Yes, please! Summer might be winding down in the US, but it’s never too early…

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I love what I’m about to share today because it’s beautiful on so many counts. Neelanjana Ghose runs an eponymous fashion, costume and home furnishing label that centers around the beautiful kantha work from the state of Bengal in India. They make all kinds of fabric products, from clothing to accessories for the home. I…

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Thank you to all those who responded to our freelance opportunity ad! We will start sifting through the responses today and will be in touch if there is a good match. As you know, it’s summer here in the US and everything has shifted into s-l-o-w mode. We have been revisiting some posts and articles…

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As you may have noticed, over the last year or so,  I have become more and more interested in the people behind the brand, the company or the beautiful products that we showcase. Whether it’s someone working from a small space in their home or heading a corporation, they are working towards their dreams and…

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I want to start off Monday with excerpts from an interview with Aparna Das Sadhukhan of the popular jewelry brand, Nine By Thirty. The Singapore-based brand recently opened an online store and acquiring their stylish pieces just became a whole lot easier. This interview makes for a great read and it’s can-do attitude is the…

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Textile design company Safomasi has a new collection, Salcombe inspired by co-founder Sarah Fotheringham’s childhood holidays in Salcombe, Devon in the southwestern coast of England. Think blues and greens and beaches, rock pools, sailboats and tea (yay!). Safomasi is known for their bright, contemporary prints on quilts, pillows, cushions and other textiles for the home…