One lazy afternoon as I was glued to the idiot box flipping channels I stumbled on a travel channel – a Rajasthani artist was making a miniature painting of a peacock on his customer's nail. That was the moment when I discovered my love for nail art. I am a “six-year-old” nail artist now. I started out by copying designs from the internet. After practising for two years, I decided to create my own designs, and started sketching, doodling and making thumbnails for nail art. My colour palette consists of different colours but I use matt nail paints. I often use black nail paint to define the contours of the design. Just today I got complimented on my “Minions” nail art.
While pursuing my Masters in Kolkata, I decided to put up a nail art stall in Aban Mela (a traditional fair organised in memory of the renowned painter-author Abanindranath Tagore) to raise funds for needy college students. The stall was set up in the university premises and was targeted at students, teachers and college staff. I got a very good response and managed to collect a substantial sum for the student fund.
My stay in Kolkata instilled a love for miniature art in me. Inspired by Abanindranath Tagore's miniature paintings, I decided to combine art with utility objects (hair accessories, for example).
My sister once gave me a gift which she brought from Odisha – two areca nuts (supari in Hindi), on which Lord Jagannath's image was painted. In Odisha people believe that such painted areca nuts will protect them from the evil eye, so they hang them above the entrances of their houses. I was amazed to see the ornamental work of art on such a small canvas size (the spherical surface of the areca nut). I decided to give it a try. But instead of using an areca nut I used papier-mâché to make the art object permanent since the wood shell of the nut decomposes and is eventually destroyed. I made small light paper balls and bun sticks with papier-mâché and painted some famous paintings (by Johannes Vermeer and Abanindranath Tagore) on them, manipulating and modifying my style to suit the canvas. These accessories, along with my nail art, were sold at the DK Arts & Crafts Fair and there were many enthusiastic takers for them.