Thanks for taking the time to chat with SIW. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Shilpa : I am Shilpa. I am on H4 and stay at home mom, out of boredom I started crafting. Most of my crafts involve zero investment as they are made from easily available products at home which are about to be binned.
Why do you knit/craft? How did you learn?
Shilpa : I love to look at the resources available from a different prospective .instead of throwing it, is there any way to reuse it again will be my question?
I analyze the material, its durability etc n try to use it to make crafts. Crafting is an art and involves lot of creativity. It’s a trial n error process, few come out well, few need to be trashed.
What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials?
Shilpa : My essentials include recycle products, before they get binned they are filtered by me. Apart from these scissors, glue, paints, sketches, construction paper, scrap book are must as they help me to deliver the final product.
How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to?
Shilpa : Most of my crafts have women oriented n family based themes. It includes home decor, kids crafts etc. I look up to MADHU GAJJALA mam who does awesome artwork on bottles n gives them a new dimension in life.
What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be?
Shilpa : My work space is filled with items which I love. One corner of my space is dedicated to all my craft work n looking at them inspires me to do more interesting crafts in life.
What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration?
Shilpa : All the small things which we ignore in life due to our busy life inspires me to do something different. These things could be anything like cardboard, can, eggshell, etc.
What do you do to keep yourself, your space and your time organized?
Shilpa : I do crafting in my free time. I make sure it doesn’t interfere much with my daily schedule. I don’t complete my work at one go. It usually takes 2 to 3 days to complete.
What advice would you give to young women readers of SIW who want to follow a similar career path as you?
Shilpa : Crafting is a fun activity. Discover your creative side n explores the world of crafting. Remember you can do anything out of anything, it’s just the way you look at it matters. HAVE FUN and HAPPY CRAFTING!!
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