Some time back, while rummaging through junk at Mumbai's Chor Bazaar, artist Nandita Desai, found an old banker's seal. Instead of casting it aside, she ensconced a brass key inside the square seal, framed it with cloth and created an organic statement neckpiece. In another instance, Desai fit ceramic pots within flimsy thermocol pieces to create a kitschy bedside lamp.
Beyond The Canvas has been set up as a viewing room in a flat. Pics/Nimesh Dave
These and many other interesting products are part of Beyond The Canvas, her month-old store set up in a ground floor flat at Santacruz. Available by appointment only ("I can't sit here all day selling my products," she says), this is her second viewing room after the one at Colaba, set up around the same time. The products are also sold online, on her website.
The store houses a wide range of products including wearable art, lamps, old chests, home décor, clothes as well as mixed media art. We loved the fact that each piece, handcrafted by her, is bespoke and her collection of jewellery, especially, is impressive. Starting from Rs 1,500, these have been created using everything from carved bamboo to brooches, old coins, fabric, hand-painted glass as well as marbles found on her travel to Jaipur.
Amida Buddha placed in a real tree bark makes for a unique décor piece
Meanwhile, some of the interesting mixed media art (Rs 10,000 onwards) include a wall-hanging made with painted cigarette papers holding a mirror (Rs 15,000), wax paintings (Rs 3,000 onwards) and writing boards painted with portraits of women (Rs 6,000) that make for unique home décor options.
To add a touch of vintage charm to your home, check her range of colourful, old chests. One of them, a rustic red-and-grey one (Rs 8,000), was used by her grandmother. Another collection that caught our fancy is the Amida Buddha series. Known as The Buddha of Light, different sizes of the models find place in life-size lamps and décor pieces created with tree barks, sourced from her backyard in Khandala.
The antique banker's seal, leather and brass medley necklace for Rs 6,000
On Monday to Friday, 11 am to 7 pm (by appointment only)
At 7 Abhay, Dattatraya Road, Santacruz (W); 311 Shalaka, 9, Maharshi Karve Road, opposite Cooperage, Colaba.
Log on to www.nanditadesai.com
The thermocol and ceramic lamp is priced at Rs 8,000
Beyond The Canvas owner Nandita Desai with one of the pieces in her Amida Buddha collection