Tripping on Indian Creativity #2

This fortnight's edition of the 6 most creative finds in arts and crafts in India on the internet include the world's largest crochet blanket, a beautiful cherry blossom bonsai, and DIY wall art with discarded colour pencils.

Roughly speaking, dictionary dot com defines creativity as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships or the like and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations using the power of imagination.

At Engrave, we worship this ability to create and recreate in India day in and day out and have decided to pay tribute to the artisans and craftspeople that practice this by undertaking a fortnightly pilgrimage to six (6) of the most creative places in Indian arts and crafts on the internet and share our discoveries with you.

The idea of this trip is to introduce you to India’s best of what’s out there and inspire you to do the best you can to be more creative, for creativity is a quality the world can do with a lot more of. And on that note, welcome to this week’s six (6) most creative finds in arts and crafts in India on the internet.

1. The World’s Largest Crochet Blanket

by Mother India’s Crochet Queens

Teamwork, dedication, and spades of creativity stitched together to come up with the largest crochet blanket in the world and a pride of place in the Guinness Book of World Records to boot. See more of this most creative endeavour that took place in Chennai a couple of days ago.

2. Cherry Blossom Bonsai

by Veena Reddy

“Bonsai” is a Japanese pronunciation of the earlier Chinese “bon” is a tray-like pot typically used in bonsai culture. The word bonsai is often used in English as an umbrella term for all miniature trees in containers or pots. Bonsai is an extremely challenging art and requires both creative thinking and discipline, two words that most think don’t go hand-in-hand. But they do. And you can a gorgeous example of it here by Veena Reddy.

3. DIY Wall Art with Discarded Colour Pencils

by Sunita

It takes a very creative mind, you know, to turn something seemingly useless into something so beautiful and quite out of this world. This piece of wall art by Sunita created out of pieces of discarded colour pencils and a little more is a fine example of how a simple touch of creativity can work wonders for everyone. Way to go, Sunita!

DIY Tutorial posted on The Keybunch Blog

4. 3-D Multi-layer Mural Work

by Neeta MK

A display of creativity designed to make your eyes pop-out in amazement is one way to describe this piece of multilayer mural work by Neeta MK is. Do make some time for a closer look at this jaw-dropping piece of out-of-paint-box thinking. It’s sure to open your mind and leave your mouth agape.

5. Cone Paintings – Puja Thalis

by Deepali Khandelwal

Cone painting is extremely skilled work. It’s also a very rigorous brand of creativity. A steady hand, intense concentration, and an eye for god-level detail are a few of the important things you need to possess when painting with ceramic cones. Deepali Khandelwal demonstrates all this and more in these gorgeous pieces of cone painting on puja thalis.

6. Refurbished Dining Table

by Nazia Abdul Khader

One of the great things about creativity is that it can make you look at something old and usual in totally new light. And that is precisely what Nazia Abdul Khader shows us with this piece of refurbished home art she has created with a little help from her husband. Kudos to the creative couple!

“Gave our old dining table a new royal look… I and my husband sanded d old table n den stained it using dark brown wood stain… Den i traced d design n painted it using gold leaf n den used clear to seal it.”

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Update: We have compiled the entire series of blog posts on Tripping on Indian Creativity in one place. To read other editions of the series, click here.

Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.

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