Thursday, September 15, 2016

Crafter In The Spotlight 15 - Itsy Bitsy

Hello friends!! Itsy Bitsy brings you "CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT" – a unique way of encouraging and appreciating the talented crafters. We recognize talented crafters week after week, turn the spotlight on them & feature them in our "CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT"! We love what you talented crafters create & are amazed at each of your unique creations every single day! We love the way you use Itsy Bitsy products & give life to those products.

I am delighted to introduce & feature yet another Crafter this week ! This week’s crafter in the Spotlight for September 2016 is “DHEEPIKA VASUDHEVAN” ! A Fashion Tech graduate, this talented crafter says she’s always lived in a world of fantasy & finally found her calling when she started selling her handmade craft ! :-)

Although she’s tried her hand at different crafts, 3D Quilling dolls is her current favourite! What really inspires Dheepika, her tips for fellow crafters, her favourite quote, how would she contribute to crafting world if she had magical powers ?? To know all these & to know more about her journey, please do visit our blog & leave your comments for her:


Here are excerpts of my interview with Dheepika:

Rashmi Closepet, MD, Itsy Bitsy   : Tell us a bit about yourself &  your background?
Dheepika Vasudhevan : Hey team Itsy-bitsy and thousands of fellow fan following (that includes me as well J)- thank you for giving me pat on my back to all my work and it’s been a good long ride- be it shopping, or on the exuberance of our pet projects. And yeah, I’m Dheepika Vasudhevan- a Fashion tech graduate from renowned institution at Coimbatore (TN). I was born, raised and living in an uptown called- Tiruppur. I am into this madness of creating new art-works for about last 5 years. Sounds good for resume? ;) 

RCHow did you get into crafting?
DV: Colors, Crafts, Drawing, Pictures, Painting - I always live in the world of fantasy since my childhood (the kid in Taare Zameen Par-check!). While my mom insists on Mathematics to my sister (who later went on to become an Engineer par Business graduate), mom left things to my choice. I think it was inside in me always, I remember making handmade gifts to my n(d)ear ones- at the age of 12. It was then in 2015 after a warm breathing period post my under graduation, I decided my calling, a creative business of my own! 

RCWhat is your favourite type of craft?
DV: Well, to someone who loves to learn/ experiment new avenues of crafting- there’s no one favorite. But if you ask me what’s cooking on my craft table right now, its 3d quilling dolls and Props. 

RCWhat are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?
DV: Every time I hover over Itsy Bitsy in my bookmarks, I set myself up for the goosebumps. Stamps, Stencils, Embossing folders, Dies, Pigment inks- to what not.

RCWhat products from Itsy Bitsy do you think are must have’s for a crafter?
DV: I’d recommend for Big Shot machine, anyday!

RCWhat product would you like to see at Itsy Bitsy?
DV: Hmm, Matching stamp, Die sets.

RC You draw inspiration from?
DV: My family, like for any other Indian crafter, is my inspiration. In my childhood, if not my parents stood for what I liked and passionate about, I wouldn’t have been here. (Agree- long way to go!) And make sure, you’re surrounded with the creative people.

RCWhat are your other interests?
DV: I can just lie on my bed and keep watching Movies and Primetime TV Shows for any given time. (And hey, Netflix at home!).. and these days, when I am not crafting or watching YouTube tutorials, I am into lifting my Canon 700D kit and roam around.

RC If you had magic powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world ?
DV: Ah, here’s the one I was looking for. If I were so, I’ll get the magic wizard to create the artistic sense in just every human- to make world look more beautiful and relish more joy, every day.

RCYour prized possession in your craft stash?
DV: I treat every single craft item in my stash as a prized possession. That is me. J

RCHow would you describe your style of crafting?
DV: I’m not going to let the cat out of the bag (the USP!). Jokes aside, crafting is a journey. Every time, it’s working with different set of base products and supplies, attempting to make something new, something different and getting better on with time. Adopting new techniques and ideas is the key- and in the era of Internet, it’s even a cakewalk. The style which marries forms and elements together is me.

RCHow do you organize your time for crafting?
DV: I’m a full time artist- although I love to play night-owl- in most cases.

RCTips for people who want to craft?
DV: Keep exploring! .. There are mammoth of supplies available these days that enable us to try and learn. There is nothing right or wrong, as long it is new. Make mistakes often, create new way of doing things and above all, the journey has to be joyful. Period!

RCYour all -time favourite quote?
DV: Eat-sleep-create-repeat.

Here are a couple of Dheepika's awesome creations :







Many congrats Dheepika for being the CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT – ITSY BITSY 

You will receive Rs 500/- Itsy Bitsy gift voucher :-) :-) & a Crafter in the Spotlight badge, which can be proudly displayed on the side bar of your blog and other platforms.
Also, visit our Youtube channel to view & to know more about this crafter – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT9hglHex7g

Looking forward to many more creations, Happy Crafting!

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