“I have collaborated very rarely. I only worked with one person for the meenakari. I met the National Awardee, Kamal Kumar meenakar three months after I arrived in India. An artist I met gave me his address, and I went to see Kamalji in his workshop in Jaipur. It is an old palatial haveli, where all his ancestors were meenakari masters working for the royalty. I was so excited to find the tradition in continuance. I explained to him, I am not only a designer, but I also make things myself. I had to explain that I wanted to make the metal objects and surfaces myself. He told me he was able to have the metal made for me, but I cannot work like that, since my ideas come intuitively while making. I also experiment with weight, thicknesses, and textures of the metal. Ideas come to me as I work.”
“Renewable Pleasures: The India Chapter”, Unique Handmade Jewellery by Esther Brinkmann is being exhibited at Gallery Chemould – Prescott Road, Mumbai from July 28 – August 23, 2014. Read more here.