Women have always
loved to keep themselves well groomed, right from the primitive age. They have
used flowers, leaves, gold and silver jewellery to adorn themselves. Jewellery
has mostly been related to traditional wear. However with changing times, trends
in jewellery have also seen a change. These days, you see not just traditional
jewellery but also jewellery that sport a touch of the contemporary. To delve
into the world of new age jewellery, I had a tete-a tete with jewellery
Designer Chinanshu Sharma.
Chinanshu was once a boring banker who then turned designer.
During her banking days, she hardly found time yet was not happy with what she
was doing. When things got too bad, she made the hard decision of leaving the
job. With her new found freedom, she took a deep dive into herself to find a
creative person in her. So she took up a Jewellery designing course and
discovered that she could ace at it. And more importantly, she was happy. “From
being a boring banker to doing something with your own hands was in itself a
beautiful journey”, Chinanshu smiles.
Chinanshu went on to take up a course at IIGJ, Indian
Institute of Gems and Jewellery, Jaipur. It was a challenging period of life
for her as she was nursing her one-year-old baby too. So she completed the
course in parts rather in one stretch.
She followed the designing course with another one in
fabrication. The fabrication course taught her about metals, basics of designing
and rendering. But she tells me that most of her creations are from
inspirations that she found during her journey and many of them contrast with
ideas that she learnt at the institute.
Chinanshu always wanted to create a different space for her
jewellery. She wanted to carve a niche with her own unique style. She finds
yarns very attractive; one of the collections was the combination of yarns with
metals and stones. “I do different collections once a while just to break the
monotony but I have my own style”, she added.
Open to collaborate with other designers as well, she has worked on
fused glass pieces. She informed me that the creation of Glass Jewellery
requires a different training altogether.
Project: Chinanshu worked on the
recycled project, Kalacar. This Kalacar project was about the creation of
jewellery made out of spare car parts. The project involved the unique
experience of rummaging through Bangalore garages to scout for old motor parts
and even cleaning the grease from motor parts. During this project, she created
a bracelet out of the filter which she says is one of our favourites.
2) Recycled Denim
project: This project was very special as Chinanshu along with a few other women
supported by a neighbourhood church helped in making jewellery out of denim.
Since the women were unskilled and hence had to be given a basic training. And
with that, they created amazing products out of Denims.
She also mentioned about the Graphia project (with the grass)
and other media like Lenin, silk, glass, rough stones and wire work, out of
which she created beautiful pieces.
Chinanshu has always been a very dedicated student and an
explorer herself. During her Jewellery course, she learnt more about metal
Jewellery. She has been inspired by Amrapalli, Jaipur and her unique designs
intrigued her so much that she went on to do a project with them. The quirky
Indian designs with a contemporary touch inspired her in a great way. However,
till then, she didn’t know what her style was.
Chinanshu always wanted to work on her own and not a firm.
She was very sure that she will work for herself, either as a professional or
an artist. According to her, “when you work for someone, your creativity gets
restricted.” She added, “If I would be working with a brand then I wouldn’t
have worked with different media I have worked so far.”
Chinanshu was happy pursuing her dream. Her teachers were
quite impressed by this sagacious student. She was very curious to know every
intricate part of design. She was always the one with numerous questions to her
teacher, on which her teacher used to say, “What you are going to eat tomorrow,
you can’t eat today. Tomorrow, again you will be hungry”. It was so truly said
as one needs to go through a process to reach tomorrow.
Apart from her usual class submissions, Chinanshu used to
create her own creations. Teachers found her very motivated. They kept on
saying her, “Do whatever you like”. The industry expects the designers to
create designs on stones; diamonds with appropriate carats; but Chinanshu’s
heart and mind was revolving around the unimaginable as a fresh bud all set to
Journey to the Real World:
Bidding adieu to Delhi, Chinanshu stepped onto the start-up
capital of India, Bengaluru. She was ready to fly with her first collection.
Launching her first collection seemed challenging due to the constraints of the
new city, lack of contacts and business registration process. It was no
different than starting from scratch. Chinanshu, in her conversation, revealed
her love for Bangalore. Bangalore was the place that allowed her to meet
like-minded people who were also trying to ignite their inner fire. Bangalore,
she says, gave her an inspiring environment.
The brand is now four years old. It gives you a wide range of
collection; each unique in their own way. According to her, for a creator,
every day is a challenge. A creator wants everything new. Prediction can’t be
done. The process includes trying, failing, getting up, trying again and then
trying again differently.
Chinanshu’s designs reflect that they are creations of a
great inspiration. Travel has always inspired her to think. Meeting new people,
endless conversations have instigated various thoughts that are always ready to
Mumbai touched her very deeply too. She calls it the “City of
contrast and co-existence”. Big buildings and slums next to each other. Both
rich and poor seem to live together and help each other at times. The
combination of the rich and the poor, the existence of tall buildings and slums
inspired her into the Mumbai Collection. The collection was a combination of metal
(very hard) and silk (very soft). They blend and create a thing which
complements each other.
Word to our young entrepreneurs:
Chinanshu strongly advises young entrepreneurs to recognise
their inner self, basically what they really want. Most of the young crowd
think of starting up a business because they get bored of what they are
currently doing. Business happens only when one has a motive for doing
something. From a distance, the entrepreneurial road seems like a bed of roses
with you as your own boss. But the bitter truth is you won’t have your salary
by the end of the month. For this, one has to be very confident of what one
wants to do. “Do a spot analysis of yourself. Spending time with yourself and
knowing what you really want before you really start”, Chinanshu advised.
Paarisha has a core team of four members. By the next five
years, Paarisha would like to have a hundred hands; it would like to touch most
of the women’s life by altering their lives and making them financially
Chinanshu’s story has given us a wonderful experience to love
yourself, your passion, keeping a check to your responsibilities and then
planning for a better future. Unwind-Allaboutyou, wishes all the success to
this gorgeous lady.