Having lived in Kenya for most of my formative years I had always been surrounded by beaded jewellery. My mother had her own collection of beaded necklaces in every colour of the rainbow, right from malachite & tigers eye to obsidian & coral. As a child, these colourful beads were no more than just colourful beads – something she matched with her sari but now as I look back I realise that she too had her own style and way of pulling her look together. Now when she sees my creations on Sanskara Designs she cannot fathom how anyone could wear something so outrageous! Yes that’s her feedback. She was honest with it and I can see why she would say that seeing as she herself wore only simply strung beads.
My exposure to the age old traditions & heritages of both Kenya & India and now living in the UK, has enabled me to explore the amalgamation of various cultures, be it with the silver I use or the style of my beading. Sanskara Designs has given lease to a latent passion for jewellery that I have always had. In fact coming from a very academic family where creative pursuits were merely just that – pursuits or hobbies that were secondary to one’s main profession, I would never have dreamt that I would be here, sitting in my home studio, surrounded by all these gemstones and semi-precious beads and to crown it all, these vintage and antique silver pieces. To think that I could bead the rest of my days away is pure bliss for me! Though I came into jewellery making quite serendipitously after I attended a taster session for jewellery making, I have since become self-taught, honing the finer techniques and continue to learn about jewellery from around the world which I find as exhilarating as the design process itself.
Each piece I create is an irreverent use of materials, a creative process I like to think of as organic. My lack of professional training as a designer has only freed me of traditional concepts and given me the impetus to explore. Sometimes I will see a string of beads and I will be able to envision exactly what the final piece will look like or when I see a silver pendant I know precisely which beads I will string them with. My designs are all individual as I never believe in walking into a room wearing something that someone else has. Each piece has to be as unique as the person who is going to adorn them. I strive to make one-off pieces which suffuse my own love for jewellery with my cultural heritage and western sensibilities.