Exhibitions that display and sell sculptures, paintings and other artworks is common, but finding one that caters to artists and showcases material needed to create art is rather rare. Ekattha — The Design Faktory, along with Kraftily Konnect, is back with Crafts Supply Exhibition and a workshop that kicks off today. Whether you are a craft person or someone who loves art, you can find raw material that will urge you to put on your thinking cap and come up with some amazing artefacts.
Some of the items that you find here are rice papers, German napkins, MDF laser cut embellishments, metal charms and accessories, faux leather products, fabric products, MDF products, patterned papers, Modpodge, aluminum kettles, stamps and inks, jute sheets, twine and so on.
Speaking on the idea behind holding this exhibition, Rasika Maniyar, founder and owner at Ekattha, says, “In Pune, crafting as a business for homemakers is increasing a lot. So I chose to partner with Kraftily Konnect from Mumbai and exhibit products needed for crafting. Buying craft products online is quite a tedious job. This is a better way as people get to see products before buying them. There are a lot of buyers for patterned papers, twines, inks and aluminium kettles.”
Jasmine Siddiqui, who owns Kraftily Konnect, will also be conducting workshops where you can learn decoupage, flower making and image transfer technique. Says Siddiqui, “We have many artists and crafters in Pune and the exhibition which we are hosting for the second time in the city, is a platform for them to come and pick up raw material for their artwork. We also have a lot of items that can be upcycled and turned into art. For example, the aluminium kettle can be decorated with decoupage (the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements) or painted in various colours. We also have tote bags, rice paper from Italy that is suitable of decoupage.”
When asked about a surge in utensils, especially kettles being associated with art, Maniyar, who has completed her education in interior designing, says, “I see two types of art in this: one in making such objects and the second in arranging or using these with right auxiliaries. Also, the design of a particular place stands out with the use of such art products and that’s where I see the demand increasing.”
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Be a part of Craft Supply Exhibition and workshop at Ekattha — the Design Faktory, Ajay Apartments, near Parihar Chowk, Aundh, on June 30 and July 1 between 11 am and 6 pm