Saturday, November 19, 2011

Travel, Inspiration & Art

A lot of times, I go clicking pictures of different things like fruits, a scene at a bus stand, or a shoe display...etc. Its incredible how many pictures I have of things which seem irrelevant and pointless! But for me, they are a constant source of inspiration. I have over 1000 pictures just randomly clicked, all intending to flood me with ideas. My post this month is about these photos and its implementation into my work, so far.

Persia comes to my Door Step

From the Land of the Turks came my little inspiration of a beautiful dresser I made for my friend. Most mosques in Turkey had these ornate taps in their courtyards which encourage people to wash their feet and then enter this religious place, clean and pure.

This old and ancient tap inspired me to make her dresser. If you notice, you will see the similarity in the shape and the ornateness in the design. The rich golden yellows and deep blues reminds me of my wonderful trip to the land of the Sultans.

A midst the Himalayas

A midst the Himalayas is this little state of Sikkim, heavily influenced by the Tibetan culture. I call it the spiritual, lost little paradise. Its simply gorgeous! I was so touched by how beautiful it is that I decided to use it in one of the most popular items I make, yes, a mirror!

The script on the mirror says "Tashi Delek" meaning May Good Luck come to You in Bhutia language. One of the most beautiful prayer rollers in the Rumtek monastery inspired me to make this piece!

The Zanzibar Islands in Africa

I was shocked to see the overwhelming intricate doors on all the houses in Zanzibar! I had to use it...the idea, the design! It came popping in into another deep green mirror I made, I call it Peacock Plumage!

Balloons of Cappadocia

Going back to central Turkey, I had this wonderful experience of sailing through morning skies in a hot air balloon. The view from the top was like a wonderland. A wonderland which I tried creating for a children's room and on multi-functional trunk I call the Balloooooni Balloon Trunk, made to store toys and use it as a chair while studying.

Jaatt Riksy after Whisky!

You might be wondering whats wrong with my title??!! Well the core of our country, the everyday scene which we hardly notice was brought on to my work. I have seen so many varieties of trucks, lorries or semi as they call in the USA but I have never seen one as decorated, colourful and funny, anywhere else in the world besides India. I always wanted to use all the gaudy designs and funny wordings! Hence Jaatt Riksy after Whisky!

Its all about Lights!

Going back to my Turkey trip, all over, everywhere were these dazzling lights hung from the ceiling. There were times when some of us has to duck down to avoid bumping against them. The warmth created by them was so kindling and cozy. I used it in one of my projects. It made the room look, warm and inviting.

The Fall Colours!

When I look at the trees during fall, a strange feeling of content and peace comes over me. The colours look so bright, warm that the rising cold feels so insignificant. During my stay in the USA, this beautiful patchwork was done by a very dear family member of mine. Its took effort, love and a lot of imagination to create it!

The Turkish Cat Story

I am still not sure about cats from Turkey. They are all over, everywhere, on the roof, in the meadows....on the chair!! I wanted to pet them all, cuddle them all!! I saw a beautiful, fluffy one sitting on a chair...that concluded it all. I recycled a used paint drum with pretty little cats on it and converted it into a stool.

Well...I think I can go on...and I know I have to stop! I would love to hear stories from you...little things that inspired you to create something. Please write to me about anything that motivated you, and made you build something...very close to your heart!


  1. Hey Sonia, you indeed have a creative insight. It was wonderful to see how you have incorporated everyday(?!) sights into eye-catching centerpieces :) You ask if we have had such inspirations... When I look at shadows of tree leaves, I can't help but wonder if there wasn't any way to use the concept as a part of my room design. Any thoughts?

  2. beautiful are truly talented.....nice blog...following you:)

  3. Era: Thank you so much! Creativity is your own but if you think you want to incorporate shadow of a tree in your room....think about wall art, where it seems like a shadow yet the silhouette of the tree makes it look full and gorgeous...I will elaborate on this when we meet each other...

    Vasudha: Thank you so much for all 3 things u mentioned in your comment :)

  4. Dear Sonia
    Pretty interesting! Reached here via Prismma Interactive. Loved to go thru ur artworks and the story behind it. I am extremely amused:) I would love to follow you in your artistic journey...
    Best Wishes

  5. Just stumbled on your blog & have become a die hard fan of this. Liking your page on Facebook too. Will definitely look upon your creations. I have a flat to renovate. ;)

  6. Hi Deepa..thank you so much! Your blog is very nice too. I almost saw all your cactus art!

    Nisha: Thank you so much! Yes, I did see you on my Facebook page as well. Call me when you need ideas..I am full of them :)!

  7. Sonia..It is amzing how you find and use yur inspiration..loved the post...


  8. Hi Nayana...thank you so much! You have a beautiful blog too. Keep it up! :)

  9. Just stumbled on your blog & have become a die hard fan of this. Liking your page on Facebook too. Will definitely look upon your creations. I have a flat to renovate. ;)
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  10. Hi Donna...thank you so much! Looking forward to hear from you soon! :)