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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The earring design Contest 2013

The Chandelier Earring design Contest 2013

Submission Closed

This Contest Celebrates artist/Designers Living in Different Parts of the World We don't care where you are just show us what you got. Anyone Can Participate you don't have to be a Business owner or a full time Artist/Designer. Just a Passion to show your Skills


1. Only one pair per Designer.Items has to be made Exclusive to Handmade N Beyond. Before sharing it to your page.Once we display your Product and Introduce you . Please feel free to share it to your page.Anyone who shares their work before they allow us to share, will be Disqualified

2. Item needs to be a Chandelier Earring, Mixed medium/media earring with Colour block shades. An Indian Design to be with Modern Colours. you could use anything from beads to fabric.

3.Has to be a Chandelier earring not Hanging or loops.

4. The Earring with most Likes will be the winner of the Contest will be awarded a virtual Certificate  OF the best Chandelier design Earring of the Year 2013. Your Page products will be Advertised on a daily bases for a whole month. and also An interview about your work will be on the Facebook album and on the Handmade N beyond and  Blog

We believe in the power of the Handmade to transform both individuals and Communities.Help Us Grow we need your Support.
Handmade N Beyond our mission is to grow economies through Craft.

Submission Dates : 1st Oct to 6th Oct 2013. Any entries after this Date will not be Displayed.

Contest will Stand hold for a Whole Month Starting 7th Oct to 31st Oct. 

Only the participants of this Contest, their work will be Shared on regular intervals for the Month of Oct. The Comment page will be closed during this Duration.

To participate

Send Four clear Pictures,prefer white background Size 800x600
Description of Item, process of making time taken to make the Pieces and Material used. what inspired you and a title for your work
Also please mention your name ,company with Links of face book or any other website 

Email submissions to

Wish you all the Very Best 

Venue HandmadeNBeyond 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Importance of exhibitions in Handmade

One needs to consider that exhibition work as a part of culture and talent.offers a variety of means to appreciate the worth and relevance of handmade.Exhibitions range from an extraordinarily large event ,to small one-artist.

Art exhibitions include an array of artifacts from countless forms of human making: paintings, drawings, crafts, sculpture, video installations, sound installations, performances, interactive art, etc. Art exhibitions may focus on one artist, one group, one genre, one theme or one collection; or may be organized by curators, selected by juries, or show any artwork submitted. Exhibitions take it As a reliable media for exchange of information,celebrates both the rich history and Artist.explores the wide space between the hand made and the mass manufactured. Crafting Architecture features handmade architectural models to highlight the importance of craft in the design process and in communicating concepts & strategies.

Long before vintage fashion boutiques were in vogue, artisans found ways to repurpose precious handmade with fair and stalls Display advertising,Throughout history and across cultures, We at Handmade and Beyond value certain objects because they are handmade; because of whose hand made them; and because they are historically important.Toward the other end of the crawl, participants can create handmade postcards, buttons and sculptures at the Shake It & Make It with and exhibit. These are among the assortment of activities throughout the Cultural District that are and will be more to come.

So I urge that when you know of an Exhibition and its Location and nothing to do on a weekend then go Visit be amazed, and get inspired I have one to my notice, And i feel sad I cannot be there I am based in another part of the Country but I will someday Go to Chennai to see this  Exhibition called the Urban Hands. 

The Chennai Crafters present to you their craft event, the "Urban Hands - 2nd Edition!" Chennai's in-house talent pool come together to showcase their work under one roof!

* Open from 10am-7pm on 14th and 15th September
* There is NO Entry Fee
* We do not accept credit/debit cards, only cash transactions

Venue - Bamboola Play school

Address : #73 (Old #26), Venkatakrishna Rd,
Raja Annamalaipuram, Chennai - 600 028

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Interview with business owner -Sarah Jacob -Siara – Unique Bead Jewelry with Indian Soul and Handmade Paper Products

Handmade N Beyond spoke with Creator of StudioSiara

Meet Sarah Jacob the Creator behind Siara – Unique Bead Jewelry with Indian Soul and Handmade Paper Products Hold a full time Job and creates her passion on the side.

Business:  Siara – Unique Bead Jewelry with Indian Soul and Handmade Paper Products
Name: Sarah Jacob
Location: Chennai

How did you get your start?
I have always been a crafter – from making paper houses and Christmas d├ęcor in childhood to making jewelry…It has always seemed like a natural progression to me. My actual “start” in the handmade jewelry world was when my friend Eva sent me some pictures of jewelry she had made while living in U.S.A. I was curious to see if we could do the same in India – so I looked up a few YouTube videos, read a lot of tutorials, bought books to educate myself and then just started making jewelry.

What INSPIRED you and WHEN…
I am inspired by colors – I love the beautiful colors of nature, the many hues in a Kanjeevaram saree and of course the colors of the beads I use. Every color is a feeling to me and I always love to make jewelry that has good vibes and a positivity to it. My mother and brother are very talented artists and my dad is great at problem solving – I think I may have inherited these traits from them. My husband is my greatest support and encouragement – I am inspired when I am with my family.

Do you have formal training?
I have not received any formal training,  but I have just attended some jewelry workshops conducted by DakshinaChitra (soft stone jewelry) and a fabric jewelry workshop by the very talented Jewelry Designer - Divya Narasimhan, in Chennai.

What is your day job?
I am a technical writer in a multinational firm at a full time position. My handmade jewelry and paper craft is my creative outlet. I am a midnight crafter and I enjoy making things with my hands.

What's the best part of having your own business?
The best part about it is that I have an excuse to buy pretty beads!  Seriously – I enjoy work with my hands, it is a good stress relief and having my own business gives me great self-confidence. I love meeting new people through my business and sharing my talents.

How do you plan for the future of your business?
My husband and I have unofficial weekend “meetings” where we discuss how to go forward with the business, any issues or problems, and make any plans we need to make. We are trying to set monthly goals for ourselves and that helps us to plan our time better.

As an Artist, what is your biggest frustration?
My biggest frustration is the lack of supplies.  Finding good quality supplies is my aim because I want every Siara customer to be able to cherish their purchase for a long long time. I wish we had hobby/ bead stores like they have in the U.S.A in India too.

Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?
I look up to many many creative people – hard to name all but my biggest inspiration is Maggie Whitley who runs a sewing business (Gussy Sews). She is full of great advice and handmade business tips. Closer to home – I find Quillkaari- Swaati Chattopadhyay, Teekhii Chhurii- Pooja Ajmera, and Crafting Queen – Karuna Chauhan very inspiring. 

What advice can you offer other creative people who are just starting out and following their passions?
My advice would be to believe in yourself – it took me a long time to be confident about my creative abilities. There is no problem that cannot be solved – don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends and family. And please support other handmade artists and creative people – they are just like you and they would love to be appreciated and acknowledged just like you.

How can fans purchase your work? Do you take custom orders and special requests?
My jewelry is available at It’s I take custom orders/ special requests for nameboards, mini-albums for babies/ children, bunting banners, paper boxes and cards. If you would like any custom jewelry, or paper products please contact me at for more details.
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