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The best from waste

What started out as a hobby has now turned into a thrilling venture on the creative pathway for Lolitha. Always one to experiment and indulge her creative juices, it wasn’t a surprise when she started ‘Loli Pop’ two years back. She mainly does abstract painting and works with recycled and upcycled products.

“I have always been interested in art and craft. Initially, painting used to be a hobby but then I decided to make it a more permanent addition to my life. It’s something that interests me and I find a balance when I’m crafting,” she says. Her affection for the arts finds its way back to her school days, where she took part in competitions. “It was a way to express myself — whether on paper or tissue, I’d pick it up and start drawing. I like experimenting with all sorts of items.” Now, she has a workstation to herself, where she spends a lot of time.

In an attempt to explain her abstract paintings, she says, “I want to make something new and different, so I incorporate various aspects of my life into the paintings. They reflect my mood, or something I might have noticed subconsciously. I can’t describe them but let the viewer interpret it on their own.” Her mother helps out in her own way. “My mother looks at the paintings and asks me what they are supposed to be. So I take her opinion on how they can be interpreted, and make changes from there.” She works mainly with acrylic and water paints. “Oil paints are too messy. I also add some doodles in there,” she explains.

Talking about why she enjoys recycling and upcycling, the freelance theatre artiste and model says, “It’s a very economical way to craft; I can pick up anything that’s around me and turn it into something beautiful. Also, it’s a good way to reduce waste disposal.” Lolitha makes baskets of all sorts, festive decorations, home decor and more.

She also takes old clothes and turns them into carpets and rugs. How much time does she dedicate to her works? “I don’t restrict myself to a certain time period. Whenever I feel like it, I go into my studio.” And why did she name her brand ‘Loli Pop’? “‘Loli’ is my nickname. Everyone calls me that!”

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