Rags to riches! Shreya Sonar

When Shreya first contacted Second to None,  her bubbling enthusiasm was what struck a chord. A student who is very serious about recycling, she is a talented artist who can bring the mundane to an exciting new life. To see her talent at work is exhilarating – you know that the potential is boundless! Shreya will make a difference in our lives, I am sure. Because when she shared some of things she has been making (yes, for our next flea market!) I simply had to share. Over to Shreya –

The mirror is something I made from an old ‘jhadoo’.

jhadoo mirror

The next couple of pictures are called ‘spirals’. They’re all made of old magazine paper or paper used on one side. They’re colourful and come in many sizes, they can be worn around the neck or strung into bracelets, anklets or even be used as wall decoratives. (Tack It helps it stick on wall as its just paper!) They can be used even to add dimension to a card or a journal, or an embellishment practically as anything! The Spirals are what I’ll be focusing on most.

paper accessories 1

paper accessories 2

And the last picture is of a wall frame, it is made from fabric that the tailors would usually consider as waste. 

wall frame

I love the theme ‘rags to riches’ and I really want to express this through Second To None.

We love it too, Shreya!


Upcycled silk!

It was a breezy afternoon on the beach in Trivandrum. Near white sand, clear waters and a family of three simply soaking up the sun. Only, suddenly a blaze of colour appeared stage left… It was street vendors selling wrap around skirts made from….. old silk sarees. The colours were so dazzling, I had to pick up a few. They were a 100 rupees each. Back in 2006. They didn’t get used much. Perhaps they were waiting for their new avatar, as little jewellery pouches or gift bags. Mythili (my SIL) and Mrs.Savithri (my mom-in-law) turn them into baubles I couldn’t have imagined! Here are just a few of them… For more, be sure to come to the 220 Flea Market!


pouch 2

pouch3Pics by Suresh G