Interviewed by The Success Today – A Digital Webzine.
Could you tell us about yourself and your work?
I am Ash & I have been calling Australia home for over a decade. I am a recipe blogger (Sowpernica’s Kitchen) and a culinary writer, having written several articles for various food magazines and authored a cookbook in Tamil. In addition, I am a self-taught nail artist and jewellery maker. The latest addition to my journey is dot mandala art, self-taught. In July 2020, I was impacted by a heel condition called plantar fasciitis and started doing dot mandalas to distract my mind from the heel pain. But soon after, I realized I had a natural eye for it. So as I started making more artwork, I set up an Instagram page (@krivi.creations_dotmandala) & started adding my creations there, thus was born Krivi Creations. The page gradually gained momentum, and Krivi’s creations naturally progressed into a solopreneurial small business venture.
How are you and your service helping society?
I am a self-taught artist. I have done a couple of workshops with NGOs to teach women about this art form for them to pursue this as a hobby or a small business. On my Instagram handle, I do reel tutorials where I teach how to do this art from the start with basic designs. I also do something called musings reels, where I share the insights/churnings which come up when I do my mandalas in solitude. That’s something which I have started doing recently.
What is the USP of your work?
I try to infuse dot mandala into everyday things around us like clocks, mirrors, bookmarks, clip pads, notebooks & journals, etc., to name a few. I also do something called photo mandalas, where I create a mandala around a beautiful photo that people would like to have as a memory with an art form. The shiva-Shakthi dot mandala is the one I consider as the USP signature artwork of mine, for this hasn’t been done in the dot mandala concept ahead of me.
What are your Vision and Mission?
I have been on this conscious spiritual journey since 2014. My vision and mission would be to touch as many lives as possible with my art and whatever I have learned or grown to, especially the lives of those women struggling to peel off the layers of their parental and societal conditioning.
Does your work ever feel tedious to you? If so, how do you stay driven and motivated towards it?
Doing mandalas is like a sacred ritual that keeps me satisfied. It has been 2 years since I started doing mandalas, and Krivi Creations is a solopreneurial venture where I do all it takes from end to end by myself from procuring, drawing inspiration, customer liaising, creating the artworks, shipping etc. Honestly, I have never had a dull moment in my mandala, Instagram & small business journey so far, for I feel they fill me in with content every day.
What are your hobbies and specific interests other than your profession?
My mandala journey is a hobby that has turned into a small business. People adore your work and buy them to decorate their home spaces when you love what you do. What more could one ask for?! Besides mandalas, I love teaching, and I have been a volunteer special religious educator at the local public school, teaching my religion for the last 8 years. I also love content creation for my Instagram handle, which is a lot of work where one must be in tune with trends and spend quite a significant amount of time on Instagram to generate ideas etc. Still, it doesn’t feel tedious to me as I find it challenging and love doing it daily. I also love to keep everything around me organized, from physical spaces to my devices. Everything has its place in my house, making life much easier for my family and me.
You have achieved so much in life. Any specific advice you’d like to share with our readers to grow in life?
Firstly, life is a constant growth journey, and I don’t feel I have achieved so much. Yes, I have grown from strength to strength. So my 2 cents for anyone reading this would be whatever you want to pursue, do it with your full conviction and be consistent with your efforts which will take you up the ladder.
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