George E. Miller said,
“Creating artwork allows your mind to be in a safe place while it contemplates the tougher issues you are dealing with. One can use the tools of brush, paint, pastels, crayons etc to expose and even for a short time color those issues in a different light.”
In today’s #MondayMotivation blog focusing on the #WonderWomen segment, we present to you a woman who uses her creative talents as a stress buster rather than looking at it as a profession. Meet, Disha Moolya, who is an interior designer and an artist. She is the founder of an art and craft venture by the name of Involved Meraki. How did she begin her journey as a designer and crafter, and what motivates her to keep her creative pursuits going? Let’s find out in her own words.
“From the age of 10 I have loved making posters and especially drawing; actually, everything and anything related to art except painting was always something that made me happy! I get an unexplainable feeling of happiness when I make something or simply write few hand lettered words.
Two years ago, I, along with a group of likeminded friends thought of making art and sending it out to people. But after a few months everyone started quitting. However, I wasn’t willing to give up on something started so passionately, so easily. So, I kept making the artworks and crafty stuff. Hence today I proudly am the happy and sole mother of Involved Meraki.
Since I had no such contacts, I couldn’t reach out to people. There were times I did lose hope and badly wanted to shut it down. Then when I had flooding orders, I would also have sleepless nights as I needed to go to work the next day.
But every time I finish a product, I feel content and forget that I am tired. That’ s a special bond I have with art; the world may push me away, but this, which is my artwork, it always calms me down.In a bid to grow the venture, I started giving products to resellers, but this turned out to be a bad idea as they would never give me the due credits, nor they mention my name anywhere. This made me feel guilty for giving away my artworks, into which I put my heart and soul, just like that. As a crafter and artist who loves what she does, this felt like a betrayal to my own kids.
One fine day I just decided to stop sending my craftwork to resellers and make it under my own brand name Involved Meraki no matter what. I couldn’t let others receive all the attention. Now that I’m done with my education, I earn enough to get things I want. Hence, money has taken a second seat and I am doing what I always wanted to. So, you can say, that the turning point was when I understood that I just need to keep making things I love, and forget about the money or even the number of followers.
My biggest motivation is my family because they have been a constant support. And when I address my family, I cannot forget my friend, my chai gang who have stood by me through thick and thin. Secondly my senior Sameera Kerkar who also helped me understand why I need to stop reselling my crafts and also how wrong I was in ignoring the guilt I felt while I let someone else sell the things I had made.
The journey has been great with its own fall and rise. 2019 has been a year where I could reach out to more people and I am looking forward for a bigger picture. In future, I aim to merge my career and my passion wherein both art and design would go hand in hand. Home decor may be! Also, I want a place where I could help deserving crafters to earn a living solely by crafting. And they can proudly keep forward their designation as a crafter.
I have learnt that
Every day is a new beginning
You should not give up on your dreams.
To drop in a message to Disha, have a look at her gorgeous arts and crafts, and to inquire or order one or more of her handmade craftworks, follow the links below: