Unbottling her creativity

Unbottling her creativity

Unbottling her creativity

She sources ideas while travelling, while sitting at home, while sleeping...it would only be fair to say that Sylvia Martis loves her hobby quite a bit.

Having been bitten by the crafts bug early in childhood, she continued following her passion even after college and marriage.

“I was working in the banking industry for many years. I had lot of ideas during that time but I never used to get time for myself. I even collected things in my cupboard during those years to work on later. Finally, I became quite frustrated with my job and quit. It’s been a year now and now I am trying to make as many things as possible,” she says with a small laugh.

Apart from the fact that they are colourful and quite striking, Sylvia’s works deserve praise for one more reason — they are all upcycled. “If there is something that is about to be thrown out, I try to look for ways in which we can use it. So I have quite a few mason jars and bottles that I have worked on. Recently, I have also started making fridge magnets from the lids of these mason jars and jam jars. I even made a fridge magnet from a shampoo tube recently.”

Everything finds a use when it comes to her, right from newspaper to discarded wires to expired oats! “I ground the oats and made it into figurines. I haven’t figured out clay modelling yet, though I want to in the future.”

Talking about the figurines, they were inspired from her travel to Norway last year. “Both I and my husband are avid travellers. Every year, we do one international and one domestic trip. Last year, while passing through a small town in Norway, I saw quite a few interesting people and sights. These were the inspiration for the oats figurines,” she adds.

Sylvia is self-taught and hasn’t received any formal training but that doesn’t reduce the quality of her work.

“Mostly I play around with colours. I have just one set of primary colours that I keep experimenting with. And I also don’t use stencils because they are too expensive. I use brushes that I have had since my school days and these enable me to write perfectly on the bottles.”

She is now looking to share her knowledge with others and make a living out of her passion.

“I am thinking of setting up pop up stalls at events and am speaking to people in this regard. I would like to take workshops for children too.”

She credits her husband for his unflinching support and her sister for motivating her to carry on.

“Oh and also the ‘Bangalore Craft Lovers’ group on Facebook! People there acknowledge and praise my work and that is some serious encouragement. Apart from that, the comments and feedback I receive on my Facebook page ‘My Heart Gallery’ also drive me forward.”

(Slyvia can be contacted on 9980521284)

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