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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Interview with business owner SiyaArts

Handmade N Beyond spoke with Creators of SiyaArts - Jayashri Sanathkumar

Business: SiyaArts

Name: Jayashri Sanathkumar

Location: US

How did you get your start?

I started off with quilling as a hobby inspired by few creations online. I was awestruck by the beauty

and variations in jewellery that could be created using paper as a major medium. I used to spend a

lot of time to explore on the different techniques of quilling. In the recent times , I started exploring

with polymer clay and trying to better my skills at it. Jewellery making is yet another added passion

to my box of passions which include Music, Photography, Baking , Traveling.

What INSPIRED you and WHEN

Inspired by the online creations, I started trying out various patterns. The whole process was so

much fun and gave in a lot of room to explore “The Creative Me” . Few of my friends felt , I should

scale it up to the next level . The whole idea behind my facebook page” SiyaArts” I owe to my best

friend who gave me the push to come up with a medium to exhibit my work. So “SiyaArts” was

officially launched in June’2013.

Do you have formal training?

I am a self learner with loads of experimenting in line and I have totally enjoyed this path of

learning . I think as a self learner, experimenting is the key to get better and better!You can definitely

master your skills. Recently someone was surprised to know that I do not have any sketches for my

work. It’s all in the flow and I owe this to the almighty!

What's the best part of having your own business?

Honestly , I have no business model. It’s more of a Passion! I love to create for people who love my

work. There have been instances where I have offered SiyaArts friends & followers my jewellery

creations as a token of my love for them. I love customizations , especially when the person leaves

the choice of design to me just with specific colour request. It broadens my creativity horizon.

Possessing any form of art as a passion, is a great stress reliever in today’s scenario .

How do you plan for the future of your business?

I think I need to first make a proper business model , if at all I wish to turn my passion to career. One

aspect which I would definitely focus on is conducting workshops. I believe in imparting whatever

skills I possess to enthusiastic learners and to bring out the creativity within each of them.

As an Artist, what is your biggest frustration?

I have faced few instances where I got upset on knowing that my work was being copied by people .

It’s absolutely fine to get inspired from creations, but not make a carbon copy of it. I came aross this

very famous quote by Robin Sharma and it brought a wide smile on my face. “ You know you are

winning when you see you are being copied! So celebrate being copied”

Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?

There are many international artists who have inspired me and have put the “right “ side of my brain

to more thinking !

What advice can you offer other creative people who are just starting out and following their


Try to identify your strengths and weakness of any artform that you wish to pursue . Always give

scope for improvement & welcome criticism. That can definitely take you to greater heights. Be

original and get creative. Do not limit your imagination . Remember “Success isn’t just about what

you accomplish in your life., It’s about what you inspire others to do”
. So encourage amateur/other

artists and be an inspiration to them in whatever little way that you can do.

How can fans purchase your work? Do you take custom orders and special requests?

You can drop a message with product code or if you want any customizations to be done.

FacebookPage : email me @

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Interview with business owners GoldenTrees Creations

Handmade N Beyond spoke with Creators of GoldenTreesArtByVikashini

Business: Golden Trees Creations ( )
Business Owners: Vikashini.P & Sowmiya.P
Location: India & Germany 

How did you both get your start? 

I moved to Germany and was getting accustomed to the place and as a hobby, I was making painting on the stretched canvas boards. The materials were very costly owing to their brand names & because of their quality standards. It was then, I decided that if there is a chance to sell these first 6 paintings to take back the investment alone without any profit, then I can re-invest the amount that I have received. Golden Trees Art by Vikashini kicked off on Aug 2013, when Vikashini’s paintings were sold in Flohmarkt in Erlangen, Germany. And at the same time, when my Close friend (happened to be my college junior) Sowmiya joined hands with me to sell Terracotta jewellery. It was then decided by us to start a Brand name and decided that everything created by us will nest under this & to work as one team.

What INSPIRED the both of you and WHEN… 

Vikashini was always an Art fanatic and was making paintings to her family & friends. Sowmiya was always passionate to create handcrafted items.
We both got inspired by each other to start this new Brand when we started to talk about LIKE MINDED CREATIVE STUFFS on Facebook & wanted to join hands together and make the step forward.

You girls had any formal training? 

Vikashini had her 5day Fabric painting course during her 10th grade Holidays(2001) & was then painting on pillow covers, chudidhars, cotton & silk sarees of her mom. She had to undergo training for oil painting during her college days. Vikashini would always consider that self-learning is the best & she is a self-taught artist for Acrylics, Polymer Clay Jewellery, Paper Quilling, Painting on Porcelain materials, wood etc., Sowmiya had her basic training in Terracotta Jewellery and she is a self-taught artist in Paper Quilling & Wine Bottle Art.

What is your day jobs? 

Before moving to Germany, Vikashini was a Head of Quality Systems after her graduation from Cambridge University, and Sowmiya is currently a Design Engineer in an MNC after graduating from PSG College of Technology. Now, Vikashini works full time for Golden Trees and Sowmiya gives her full heart and soul to create something unique and out of the box creatively whenever she finds time.

What's the best part of having your own business? 

Our creative space is the best part of our own business. As we own the concepts which keeps us liberal in creating our own designs for our products. Moreover, we have our own breaks, limitations on investment and expansion. Above all, we work stress-free, as our job is only what our mind thinks creatively to make the best with our heart and soul.

How do you plan for the future of your business? 

For Art : We have planned to make Gallery Exhibits in the coming years, of which we already made one in India on Jan 4th,2014 and have planned for group show in June-Sep 2014 in Erlangen, Germany. We have also got inquiries from Interior Decorators and are currently working for them.
Jewellery : We have planned to extend our works on Polymer Clay and more of Eco-Friendly and Beaded Jeweleries.
Home Decors : We are planning to diversify the Product Line and make anything that is creative and catchy.

As an Artist, what is both of your biggest frustration? 

Each piece of Creative Stuff created by an Artist is not just with hands alone, but hours of thinking & pondering over ideas, to put them in right shape to give the Best Quality & Best Design. & Any Artist is frustrated if : Someone copies their work.

Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? 

There are many Artists & Designers that we admire for their original work & we take inspirations to create such unique designs that defines our Brand.

What advice can you offer other creative people who are just starting out and following their passions? 

Be original. Create something Unique. Break the Hardships. Explore Opportunities. Nothing Comes Easy or our Way. Follow your Passion. Don’t give up.

How can fans purchase your work? Do you take custom orders and special requests? 

We do make our own Handcrafted items and post directly for selling and we also make custom orders for Home Interiors, Birthday Parties Return Gifts & Customised Jewelleries.
We sell through Facebook :
 & are working on our Website : 
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Monday, 10 March 2014

Winner announcement Holi Carnival Artist Designer Contest 2014

                        We are proud to present this Certificate out to our very First winner of the 

      Golden Trees Art By Vikashini 

            Holi Carnival Artist Designer Contest 2014

 Winning piece is a Painting 
 Title: Plethora of Celebrations

 NAME OF CREATOR : Vikashini.P

 We are proud to present and Congratulate out our very First winner of the The most liked on Facebook  for Holi Carnival Artist Designer Contest 2014 GoldenTrees Art By Vikashini

This piece of painting  is the exact requirement of the Competition . Depicts everything to the T from the colours to the festive . This painting says it all and no explanation needed, has got the most amount of votes at 703 Likes being the highest in the History of Handmade N Beyond

We will be honored not only to have you on our page and share your work and thoughts on the page everyday but you also are Holding the Tile for the First Highest Vote record of 703 likes . and yes we will be talking to you and a asking about your journey an Interview with for the community of  Handmade N Beyond 

A surprise Announcement was made 

To hold the tile for the Best Mask made 

The contestants were

5 artist who took part in the Holi Carnival contest. here are the names

1.Dhanya Surendranath
2. Sabi's creative zone
3. Creo
4. Handmadez
5. Handmade Gifts in uae 

The second Runners up is  Handmade Gifts in uae  Congratulations

Arist Sandhya Vijesh


The First Winner for the best Mask goes to  


With 61 Votes 

 Artist: Agnisha Ghosh Pawaskar





The surprise winner Announcement for the Big Smile Award 

Goes to 

3 dartCongratulations 

Artist : Shweta yadav

 Title : " Hullaa Hullaa!! Miniature Minions "

  Handmade N Beyond Fav Pic Winners


 Our Second Winner and Favorite Pick

Jewels of Sayuri

Name: Divya N

 Title :Rangeen Mor - multicolor peacock




Siya Arts

Holds the 1st place Title

        "Just Fab" Award

Name of the Artist : Jayashri S

Description of Item: " Gulaal " 

Holi Carnival Artist Designer Contest 2014


For more action visit us on Handmade N Beyond

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Holi Carnival Artist Designer Contest 2014

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

Display of the Artist and their work

1. letspaperit

Description: I have made a poster for the "carnival" you are hosting. It took me 8-9 hours over 3 days to conceptualize and execute the poster. I have used a lot of quilling/quillography in the poster which I love doing. I made the banner using washi tape; balloons, the clown and the scissor with quilling paper - they r quilled. I have added the clown, banner, the confetti and the mask to indicate carnival; the scissors, button (if u can see it, a white one) and some thread to indicate craft/handmade.  The material used is paper, washi tape and glue and the single button ;)

Inspiration - I actually wanted to quill out the word carnival and make it the centre point but it did not come out well so I scrapped the idea and made this poster instead.

Title - Since it is a poster that I have made, let's call it "Poster It"

Other details about me:

Name: Hridya Anand
I am a stay at home mom to an almost 3 yr old, We live in KL, Malaysia. I do not own or run any business but am making baby steps into the world of handmade and hope to be noticed :)

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Title for my work-Dancing peacock.

Time taken-3days(making,baking n painting)
Material used is Indian clay(terracotta).

What inspired me to make it?
This carnival is about colours and any festival is happiness so  a  peacock came to my mind as the thought itself of a dancing  peacock stretching  its feather brings in colour, happiness elegance and peace.The glorious colour display raises my spirit and helps  to bring out the best in me.

My name- Anna Abraham
Business Name- Abraans

3 Dhanya Surendranath 


My name is Dhanya Surendranath and I am from Kerala. I have done my Masters in Biotechnology and I have also completed my MBA. I am not employed at present, although I did have a brief stint as a lecturer, and crafting takes up most of my time these days :) .

When I heard of Carnival, the first thing that came to mind was the Carnival Eye Mask. I always wanted to make one and cover it with quilled patterns but it never materialized. Till now, that is. Holi of course is synonymous with colors. So a Holi Carnival could only mean a riot of colours on a Carnival mask J.

That’s how I got to making this project. At first I thought of random patterns in various colours, but as I progressed, the work began to take a meaning of its own. I began to think about our country at large and its vibrant hues. So many colours, so much diversity and yet, they somehow seem to unite us. I thought of colours that all Indians identify with. The colours of our national flag. The colours of the peacock, our national bird. The colours of the lotus, our national flower. Those of the tiger, our national animal. The colours of the rich paddy fields, the colours of the sea and sand…
I have tried in my own humble way to showcase these here in this project. The base of the eye mask is made with glitter paper and the patterns have been made with quilling strips of various sizes. The mask has been designed in the form of two hands which are joined, signifying unity. There are two holes in the hands for the eyes, which is an appeal to my countrymen to open their eyes to the unity in our rich diversity.

This work took me a total of three days to make and was one of the most memorable projects I have worked on. I wish that this Holi, as we drench ourselves and others in colours, we take a moment to reflect on how much more these different colours unite us than divide.

4. DemiurgeKabeela

Name : Demiurge Kabeela
Title : Rajdulari
Description : Its is paper quilled Statement nacklace, made up of 4 mm and 1.5mm strips paper strips. Used 1.5mm strips for doing quilling (Which is little bit looks like embroidery  :p
Process: quilling is a beautiful art form that involves the use of paper strips that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create designs
time taken : 3:30 hrs (approx)
Colour : Orange, green and blue
Material used : paper, adhesive, metal chain, Claps and gloss.

Rose dress:
Dress made with satin, lace, net fabric and a matching hair band with roses. Colors always inspires me and I love create something colorful.

Name: Thendral
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TILtLE: venezia
Inspiration: City of Venezia .
 City of Venezia famous for “City on water” One of the 10 best cities in the world. The colourful masks made the city much famous. The revenue from the sale of these masks and tourism is the back born for the existence of the city.
Materials Used:
1.       Duplex paper
2.       Copper string
3.       Fevicol
4.       Handmade sheet.
5.       Stones
6.       Gold liner
7.       Elastic Band
Time to make: 2 Hours.
Markets Aimed: Birthday Parties, Fashion Shows, Carnivals and Festivals.
Company Name : SABIS
Designer : Sabna C Sreejith
Facebook Link :

I am Iswarya Venkat and i own a small business called "CREO". 
 my page . . .

My Submission for this contest is Mardi Gras | Quilled Mask Charm. 
I have always admired those masks in the carnivals and masquerade balls in fairy tales since i was a kid... I believe every mask exhibits a peculiar characteristic. 

This quilled mask charm can be worn as a brooch or a pendant.

Materials used : Paper, stones and chamkis to decorate.

Time taken :  1 and half hour.

8.  Serene's
Title: Holi floral carnival Bangle and earring set

This earring and bangle has the Indian design as base with the cute floral designs
its fully handcrafted without any moulds,
The earrings are inspired by the Ram Leela earrings(Chaand Balis) made to be colourful and elegant at the same time.I made the bangle as a matching set,This set will be a trending accessory for the white holi dress.its for the young and trendy girls who don't like gold.

Time for completing  the project:2 days

Materials used
Imported polymer clay ,metal base for bangle ,all findings for the earrings are in pure brass,hence hypo allergic.

Name :Dr Serene Teres George,Pediatrician,jewelry designer
Title of Work- Rang De Basanti

Description- Paper quilled earrings made water resistant by a coat of varnish. The colours used are yellow, orange, these colours depict the colours of Basant Ritu (Spring Season).which starts in March. Black is used to highlight the other colours

Process n time taken- Made coils of strips of paper n gave it a leaf like shape. Smaller coils were glued to the large piece...n a jhumka made from 4 strips of paper.Then a first coat of glue was given n left to dry for a day. Next day another coat of glue n after it dried a coat of varnish. Left it to dry overnight again n second coat of varnish given in the morning ( I always give it two coats for a better finish) Once dried completely the beads n hooks were attached n voila RANG DE BASANTI earrings ready to be worn.... :)

Inspiration - The Spring Season........The Lovely combination of yellow , orange n Red is the inspiration behind it cos I love working with colours.

Name of Company - Arainaa Designs

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10. Handmadez

Description of Item:Carnival Mask
Process of making: Paper cutting, quilling, stone setting
Time taken to make the Pieces: 6 hours
Material used: Paper, quilling strips, crystals, stones, feathers, glue
What inspired you and a title for your work: The theme of the contest. The beauty of carnival masks have always fascinated me and this contest gave me an opportunity to make one. :)


11. Sayuri 

Rangeen Mor - multicolor peacock

Inspiration: I have been inspired by the holi festival in totality. I have tried to depict how we begin playing by wearing white clothes (the silver peacock) , with rich colors slowly getting added on resulting in a murky gray at the end for loop. The wrapping pattern represent the striped shaminas (canopies) stretched out during carnivals and the beads represent the festival goodies.

Materials used - Filigree silver pendant, cotton and silk cords, wooden and semiprecious beads
Descriptions - the silver pendant was originally created (handmade) as an earring by a filigree artisan for one of my upcoming collections which was adapted by me as a pendant focal by wire wrapping it to the multi layered cord necklace which was made by me
My Details
Name: Divya N
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twitter -
12. Meow's collections

Title: Blissful Breeze
When life throws lemons make a lemonade! this summer (that's most of part of the year in India!) lets get eco friendly and fight back the heat with trendy hand fans when possible! Going back to the old way in style and paying less electricity bill too.. Celebrate all colours of life !
This hand stitched hand fan is made of jute and the middle figure of happy dancing Indian lady is made of thai clay. Took 8 hrs to make (without any molds or cutters). Can be hung like a wall hanging when not in use so servers double purpose.. 


Tilte of work - Carnival Fiesta outfit ( Fiesta in Spanish means festival or party)
Description of Item - A beautiful twirly  skirt in multicolor fabric. Accentuated with grosgrain ribbon in polkadots n a BIG bow in contrast color with a matching purse....The two together complete the outfit for a lovely carnival evening....for your little princess to twirl around in. The fabric has a riot of colours......A yellow base cotton fabric n has print in Pink , Green, n Blue...The skirt has a wide waistband n a full circle twirl.....Perfect to represent the happy colorful vibes of a carnival....Keeping this in mind the fabric was chosen n matched with the ribbons n bow
Process of making n time taken n material used - Material used is best quality cotton fabric... grosgrain ribbons in pink n green n blue polka dot fabric to make the bow on the skirt n purse. Honestly since fabric has been my medium of craft for quite sometime It took me about 5 hrs to cut n sew the entire outfit ( skirt n purse)
Inspiration - The Theme Of The contest itself was the Inspiration behind this. The moment I read the theme the colours that came to mind were Yellow, Pink , Green n Blue. and that's what I've used here, Little girls love to frolick around in twirly dresses n a matching purse to keep their bits n pieces on an evening out was what inspired me.
Company Name - Frills N Flares
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Title: crochet Carnival masquerade

Description: process of making used Crochet the piece took  about 2 hours and is a
size 8 inch

Materials : i used silver thread and green stones for Decoration

FB Page: Handmade-Gifts-in-uae

15. 3 dart

Title: " Hullaa Hullaa!! Miniature Minions "

 (All ready to attend your carnival)
The moment I came across with HNB's challenge I knew, it have to be
miniature this time and these cute little creatures  featured in
"Despicable Me" took my heart long back. I love to play with colors
and your theme gave me all the opportunity to have fun with my
miniature Minions. One will always find Minions in a group and so I
came up with a group of 4 minions each dressed up in different attire
and all set to attend the carnival.

Technique used : Paper quilling

Miniature size : The miniatures  are approximately 5.5cm tall

Material used : Paper strips of different GSM

Strip size : For this particular project I have used paper strips
ranging from 0.5mm to 3cm

Time taken : each one took approximately 3-4 hrs, together I guess I
gave them 12 or so hrs

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" Hullaa Hullaa!! Miniature Minions " (All ready to attend your carnival)
The moment I came across with HNB's challenge I knew, it have to be
miniature this time and these cute little creatures  featured in
"Despicable Me" took my heart long back. I love to play with colors
and your theme gave me all the opportunity to have fun with my
miniature Minions. One will always find Minions in a group and so I
came up with a group of 4 minions each dressed up in different attire
and all set to attend the carnival.

Technique used : Paper quilling

Miniature size : The miniatures  are approximately 5.5cm tall

Material used : Paper strips of different GSM

Strip size : For this particular project I have used paper strips
ranging from 0.5mm to 3cm

Time taken : each one took approximately 3-4 hrs, together I guess I
gave them 12 or so hrs

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16. MakeMyCraft

Theme - Holi Hai

Description: Tried blow paint,Modern art.I wanted to show case holi balloons splattered all over.

Material: Kettle , paint

Time taken 2 days.

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17. SiyaArts

Name of the Artist : Jayashri S

Description of Item: " Gulaal " 

I have very recently started playing with polymer clay, my new found passion. So wanted to make something with the same for this contest.A polymer clay creation in a vibrant colour combination of Yellow, Purple, Pink &  Green with a beautiful heart pendant. 

"Color is joy. One does not think joy. One is carried by it." With the theme of the contest being " Holi Carnival " all i could think of is multitude of colours which add up to the festivity, happiness & joy of carnival. Holi is the festival of colours, celebrating the arrival  of spring. People get submerged in color powder referred to as " Gulaal" . Hence the title for my creation ! The floral pattern in the pendant signifies the arrival of spring with early blooms.

Process of making:
The beads are made using the Extruder technique. The thin strips of polymer clay were slowly wrapped round each bead to get the extruded bead texture. 

The heart pendant is hand cut with a stencil paper drawing. The intricate flowers in the pendant is made using the Applique Technique of polymer clay making. 

 Time taken : 5 and half hours for making the entire set( including Baking time). 

Material: The  beads, pendant & earrings are made of colored Polymer Clay. The attachments used are hooks , crimps ,  barrel clasps and string.

Name of the Page : Siya Arts  ( )

18. GoldenTreesArtByVikashini
Title: Plethora of Celebrations

Thoughts flow-in when you utter “ Holi Carnival”. One can see the plethora of celebrations in my one-of- a-kind painting done for Handmade N Beyond.
Thoughts that struck me to create this fusion : Holi means colours, Carnival means festivals. And I came to a conclusion that I’m gonna make a fusion painting of different festivals combined to form one Story : Colours => Festivals => Happiness.
One can find the following : Holi Festival- Festival of Colours, Carnival – Masks, Rajasthan’s Desert Festival Dance by a multicoloured dressed girl, Govinda (breaking the pot- can be seen above the rangoli) during Krishna Janmashtami, Christmas’ Stars, Mehndi is usually a pre-marriage festival celebrating with a bride and her family, friends, Elephant Festival of Jaipur, Durga Puja, Lantern Festival of China, Dragon Boat Festival of China, Dussehra-Festival of Lights (Can be seen with the Ravana burning by an arrow, Crackers on the sky and with karthigai deepams) & Village Festival in India (One can see the Ferris Wheel, Kids with balloons, Shops). All these are interlinked by a common name “FESTIVAL”, which in turn spreads happiness and living with our tradition. We all assure to make these live for all Generations. (The space was enough to cover the above.)
Artist : Vikashini.P
Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas
Duration : 12 hours
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19. Timeless Creazion

Title: The love for Rang

This contest was to Challenge my ability to think Beyond what I do a total Mixed media work.Play with beads and two of my fav medium Clay and Crochet. This big long Necklace is a Dedication To my sister its her B'day today and helped me all through the way to Make this Piece.Giving a look for Modern Neon Colors , Carnival masquerade painted faces to an all Indian Style Crochet Crowns that are Stiffened to stay in place a Jewelry set for the Bold and daring.

Duration: A whole week from design to painting. and Put this whole Mixed beads.

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