Meraki 3: Sanket Shah

Meraki in Greek means to do something with love and creativity. To be so passionate about what you do, that you put a small part of yourself into your work; a small part of your soul.

So to come across people like that is not only rare, but the extent of how much they inspire you is immeasurable. You can feel a part of them resonate with every creative output they share. And you can’t help but admire their love of creation.

And so, I decided that every time I find someone like that, I want to share their work with you. I want to hopefully inspire you, the same way they inspire me. To create, to build, to showcase talent so strong, that you end up doing everything with Meraki. Just like they do.

 

“A picture is a poem without words” - Horace

I love the concept of photo-stories.

They have the incredible power of communicating more than a hundred words ever could.

They capture feelings and instances, down to the specificity of a memory. They magically encompass the emotion felt at a single moment, and freeze it in time to be revisited in the future.

Pictures give you more than just an ordinary image. They give you the space and freedom to form your own thoughts about them. They let you build your own special story.

For this month’s Meraki, I feature someone who used photography to explore and express his thoughts of a new city he moved to.

Sanket’s flair for photo-stories became his gateway for self-expression, inter lacing imagery and memories, fit together with a thoughtful caption.

And the best part?

His only tool was his iPhone.

Manipal is a city in the south of India. #TheManipalDiaries is a hashtag project that Sanket created when he realized that his new environment gave him a lot of opportunities to be creative.

“I wanted to create an event memory page with #TheManipalDiaries. In the process, I noticed I also had a decent collection of abstract and scenic photographs that were visually powerful enough to convey an idea, or a thought that was worth sharing.”

It’s true that the best photography is created in the moment - inspired by the simplicity of the moment.

“For instance, the picture ‘Think Sky High’ (image below), was taken when I was laying down on the field after cricket practice, just before an important match, and I saw the beautiful patterns formed by the clouds in the sky. So I just took my phone and randomly took a picture. Just a few moments after which the team captain happened to give us a pep talk for the next match, and that inspired the caption for the image”

Following its success, Sanket has turned #TheManipalDiaries into a feature page, where people from Manipal can to share their memories of the city.

For more dream-like, airy and thoughtful pictures with captions that spark and inspire you, visit the official Instagram page of #TheManipalDiaries here.

Don’t forget to show them some love on their Facebook page here.

 

May you do everything with Meraki and so much more,

Niki :)

 

All images used with permission.

Meraki 2: Mandarin Duck

Meraki in Greek means to do something with love and creativity. To be so passionate about what you do, that you put a small part of yourself into your work; a small part of your soul.

So to come across people like that is not only rare, but the extent of how much they inspire you is immeasurable. You can feel a part of them resonate with every creative output they share. And you can’t help but admire their love of creation.

And so, I decided that every time I find someone like that, I want to share their work with you. I want to hopefully inspire you, the same way they inspire me. To create, to build, to showcase talent so strong, that you end up doing everything with Meraki. Just like they do.

Can creativity be such an important part of life, where you simply cannot function unless you indulge in creative habits every day?

Aniko (also called Mandarin Duck) makes you believe so.

This crafting guru has discovered beautiful, breathtaking ways to sculpt polymer clay into magnificent pieces of art, jewelry and journals, which you simply need to see and touch for yourself to believe.

For my birthday two years ago, I was fortunate to receive one of her custom made bespoke journals, hand crafted with the most intricate, mesmerizing details that leaves you astounded.

Sculpting polymer clay for nearly six years now, Aniko has explored the depths of her creativity to construct pieces of art that has also won her various awards.

Aside from taking custom orders from her Etsy page, Aniko also has her own Youtube channel, where she helps polymer clay enthusiasts discover new mediums to use, and shares her skills with that she creates.

If you think she hasn’t got her hands full, Aniko also has her own line of products in the form of textured stamps, dotting tools and step-by-step PDF tutorials on how to recreate some of her journals.

Spending hours after hours, in her beautiful studio, Aniko gives polymer art a whole new name. She inspires the people around her to lead the creative life, and speaks of the importance of never giving up no matter how hard the life of an artist may be.

For one day, you will be able to create tangible, unbelievable magic with those very same hands.

If this ticked your creative curiosity, you can reach Aniko on:

Mandarin Duck website

YouTube

Facebook

And her Etsy store

Don’t forget to show her some love!

 

May you do everything with Meraki and so much more,

Niki

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Meraki 1: Varsha Chakkera

Meraki in Greek means to do something with love and creativity. To be so passionate about what you do, that you put a small part of yourself into your work; a small part of your soul.

So to come across people like that is not only rare, but the extent of how much they inspire you is immeasurable. You can feel a part of them resonate with every creative output they share. And you can’t help but admire their love of creation.

And so, I decided that every time I find someone like that, I want to share their work with you. I want to hopefully inspire you, the same way they inspire me. To create, to build, to showcase talent so strong, that you end up doing everything with Meraki. Just like they do.

So for this piece, I want to tell you about Varsha Chakkera.

A young digital artist, designer and freelance illustrator with the most vibrant & quirky imagination you need to see to believe.

Inspired by the anime Samurai Jack

Inspired by the anime Samurai Jack

Inspired by the movie Brave

Inspired by the movie Brave

Her art draws inspiration from anime, manga, comic books and an honest heart that paints everyday life with fun loving colors. With a wide array of medium, tools and art forms, she never fails to surprise her audience with imaginative, original pieces that speaks volumes about her flair.

Inspired by the anime Cardcaptor Sakura

Inspired by the anime Cardcaptor Sakura

Original art

Original art

Inspired by DC's Poison Ivy

Inspired by DC's Poison Ivy

She does things with Meraki because she speaks through her work. Even if it is something as simple as a doodle, she makes sure that her art describes a part of her. And to me, nothing can be as important as capturing your positivity into what you do.

Inspired by the anime Ano Hana

Inspired by the anime Ano Hana

Varsha is just like her art, vibrant, full of life and kindles a sense of ingenuity that can only be found in a selected talented few.

I hope her work sparked some inspiration for your next project, and showed you how wonderful the art of creation really is if one does it with heart.

Surely this piece is merely a teaser to what she can do. So for your creative curiosity, you can find out more about this marvel on:

Instagram

Behance

DeviantArt

Don't forget to show her some love!

 

May you do everything with Meraki and so much more,

Niki

 

All images used with permissions.