Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mish Mash Design Giveaway!

Sorry for being missing for so long. Lots of work, and some really great news. I have started work on my own line of accessories, and will share them with you really soon.
Also, I did not want to have a run of the mill Giveaway for Shotcouture, so that took time. And I am glad to share with you, the Mish Mash design Giveaway, along with an interview with the brand's talented designer - Abhilasha Jain.

I first discovered Mish Mash Design on Facebook, when the young designer, Abhilasha, initially started promoting her hand painted bags and cushion covers through the social networking platform. I bought my first Mish Mash cushion cover from Abhilasha’s stall at a popular store’s flea market. The lovely colors on the cushion cover placed in my living room promptly started getting me compliments. More and more friends and acquaintances wanted to know where they could get one. Meanwhile, Abhilasha was introducing one fabulous design after another, giving Mish Mash Design a unique identity, increasing her buyer’s base, and generally bringing a spot of happiness in many lives. After a few months of chasing, I not only managed to tag the super-busy, shy designer for an interview, she even offered an amazing Mish Mash Bag just for the readers of Shotcouture!

Here is the interview with Abhilasha...

Q 1.When did you first discover your passion? How did you start?
A. I was always interested in Art, in particular art on Indian culture,tribal based themes & vibrancy in bold colors always attracted & inspired me. My mom is a very good artist and has been the key in. However the passion actually turned in to a profession quite accidentally. I had been working in the Jewellery industry for the last 8 years. A few years back as a hobby,I used to hand paint bags and cushion covers for my friends & family. Appreciation from friends and the thought of doing something I loved led me to start Mish Mash Design. On all practical grounds , it was a crazy decision to leave a well set position in the Jewellery industry and build something from nothing.However for me this is exactly what I wanted to do.

Q2. What are the challenges you face as an artist?
A. For a creative person, you may be good at your skill but it takes time to understand the market, how it works & approach the right clientele. On an operational level, the hardest part which I have faced so far has been to find skilled labor to do the production as per my designs, imaginations & requirement.

Q3. How do you think your Art has changed over the years?
A. Honestly, these are still the initial years for Mish Mash, so I don't think I really can answer that. But I could say most of my work illustrates simple subjects like life, human beings and nature and here I aim to blend colors to bring about a lively mood. Like in any other field, as an artist you keep learning and evolving, so the focus is to constantly take inspirations from life and try to create something that can bring cheer to the end user.

Q4. What are some of your favorite designs?
A. Altough I love all my designs but my all time favorite designs are: Jodha akbar cushions, Tribal beauties bag, Rangeela Rajsthan Silk Bags,Boho Chic hand bag series & Fashionista bag series.

Q5.How well do you think Social Networking sites like facebook work for Independent Artists?
A. I feel nowadays social networking sites like facebook can be an amazing platform for independent artists.The biggest advantage is its ability to help artists engage and build their own audience across the globe. The artist gets immediate & direct feedback from his/her audience which helps artists understands their customer’s needs.

Q6. Where do you see yourself in a few years from now? What future plans do you have as an artist?
A. Right now I am going with the flow and totally enjoying this phase :).I currently have a small studio at my house where I create and paint stories. I am Retailing at a few stores in India and London and also available on some online stores.
In the long run, I do wish to create a niche for myself in the market by creating unique hand painted home decor products and fashion accessories accessible to as many locations across the globe!

Check out some of the Mish Mash Design products. It's hard to pick a favorite. You can check out more of Abhilasha'a work on HER BLOG.

Love her work already!

Great! Because like I mentioned, Abhilasha very sweetly offered one of her fabulous bags as a gift, for one lucky Shotcouture reader! The contest is open to readers across the world.

To win this fabulous bag, you have to
LIKE the Mish Mash Design page on Facebook.
Follow Shotcouture through Google Friend Connect

For additional entries, LIKE the Shotcouture Page on Facebook

Once you have done this, just leave a comment on the blog, stating you have followed the required steps.

This Giveaway Ends 2nd December, 2011.

And yeah! Started posting on Lookbook. Check out my profile.


Devika said...

DONE! ALL THE ABOVE.. HOPE I WIN :) LOVE MISH MASH DESIGNS.. And will have fun reading your blogs from now on.. :D

Kavery said...

Love the name and the designs. Great news about your line.

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

What gorgeous, gorgeous bags, Prati! Just love 'em!

itsallaboutfashion said...

hi sis...nice blog you have...i am new in this blog things.....so please follow me..i too already follow you...thnk you..

Monika said...

Done all the steps !! Loved ur blog & love the Mish Mash designs........I hope to win :)

Aparna said...

Love your blog! Done all the steps :)

Gunjan said...
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Gunjan said...

Wow!These bags are really pretty.Definitely,happiness.'Liked' Mish Mash Design and shotcouture on Facebook and now following you through GFC surfacing from being just a reader.

Name-Gunjan Gupta

Much love

Richa said...
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namesakes... said...

me me me...just kidding. i didn't you have multiple acess to the blog, atta gal you(blog ;)) have grown hehe. mishmash has some of the beautiful bags i have ever seen... r they available in Delhi ?

Richa said...

Done all that you said. Hope to win that amazing bag!! Fingers crossed.

And happy blogging to u. :)

Drop in sometime at my space. :-)

raksha said...

Wow! Great contest and a good interview..I love all of Abhilasha's designs .. really hope to win!!

Surama said...

Hi Pratishtha,
Love your name as well as Mash Mash a lot.Did the following steps:
Liked Mish Mash on FB
Liked shotcoutre.com on FB
Following you thru'Google Friend Connect.
Love the awesum bags collections on Mish Mash.
Fingers crossed.Would love to win the fabulous bag.

Surama said...

Oops sorry!!!!!!!
Spelt Mish Mash & shotcouture.com in a hurry.Anyways love the bags a lot.

Jessica said...

hanks for your comment, cute post good luck with your giveaway :)


Please take a minute to look at my trunkshow;


shivali kanwar said...

Thank's for sharing the interview ... I've been wanting to switch career since long ...fond quite inspirational .... Lovely products dey have (Cant wait to own one:)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're back and that your accessories line is coming along great! These bags are so unique!

Lots of love, B
Tweet me: Viva_La_Breee

Sam said...

Welcome back! I am loving your cute new profile pic! Good questions, great interview.

Bows,Hearts and everything Cute said...

:D Thank you for following me :)

Sidney Salim said...

Lovely bag :)

Pose Posh Post

Anonymous said...

you are pretty indian (?) girl :):)) lovely blog :)


*Glam Chameleon* said...

Love this name and designs, indeed very unique!!! Beautiful bags!!
Jelena (glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com)

Rochelle's Closet said...

lovely bag and gorgeous print!


Punk Chopsticks said...

Oh my gosh!!! LOL that is just TOO CUTE xD Not exactly my style but still! Wow!

What I'm more impressed in however, is how you managed to interview her! I love your writing style and prose. Gah, I think I'm in love *wink wink*

Punk Chopsticks said...

Almost forgot! This is in response to your previous comment

@Pratishtha: Thanks! OMG your name is so pretty!!! Ahahaha I'm jealous xD

I checked out your blog, so generous of you to give such a gorgeous bag away. Btw, are you a journalist?

Glamorous Barbie ♥ said...

Liked Mish Mash on FB
Liked shotcouture.com on FB
& already following you via gfc
all three by the name glamorousbarbie
hope I win..Loved the bag :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ohmigosh I LOVE her work! I must win! :)

Anonymous said...

Amazing bags!
Thanks for being my follower 150!I follow you time ago!


Couture Carrie said...

Beautiful pieces!


mini nuni said...

here I am...thanks for saying me about this amazing giveaway. mininuni

mini nuni said...

i follow you on facebook.nuni piccolomini.xoxo

Lucia Marcote said...

Great photos!!! I follow you!!


GingerGirl said...

Thank you so much for your nice comment, Pratishtha! It seems like we have a similar style for the accessories! ;). Besides, I've followed all the steps of your giveaway! :)


Anii said...

i think i ve done all the steps:) loved the kitsch designs by mish mash, even ur blog sounds interesting, sort of giving me motivation to start my own. thanks... :)

Oh to Be a Muse said...

great interview and great designs. glad to see you back!

Jen Umm said...

what a great post!

prettymeggy said...

thank you so much dear!!! i love meeting new people and i love your blog!!! i'm following you now.. hope to hear more from you! take care.
xoxo, Haus of Gala

watermoolen said...

What a beautiful designer AND lovely designs! I did all THREE (liked your FB page, liked her FB page, and also following through Google connect).

Username: watermoolen

You can contact me at @watermoolen

Much love! Besos!

tiny dancer said...
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Mitha Komala said...

wow, awesome bag dear! i love that painting on the bag. <3 my plan for weekend is to study as final exam has come :(


Nixie Pyrena said...

cute bag !

anyway, i have on going shoes giveaway on my blog, check it out if you have time :)

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Join The Endless Wishlist shoes giveaway !

Rainbow Gatherer said...

I have completed all the steps to win great giveaway. Such a lovely bag and the design is amazing. I want to carry it all day long to show the creativity of art designs on daily usable products.


Dale said...

This is such an amazing giveaway. You have a really nice blog! Following you now

I'm giving away a H&M Versace bracelet on my fashion blog here in San Francisco


Natalie Leung said...

great!!! you have a great blog :)


Audrey Allure said...

Great giveaway, such a lovely bag!

yiqin; said...

great interview :)

dressingup-everyday said...

A very talented artist. Love the bags,they are completely out of the ordinary

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Cute! I could definitely rock this during the weekend - she creates such whimsical designs!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Arjun said...

very super and innovative thinking... super bags nice...

Amy said...

Love these bags!

indianmakeupways said...

those bags look gorgeous.

nitika said...

Hey thanks for stopping by my blog !! good luck with the giveaway !! : )

PS- following u now !! hope you visit my blog again and follow me back : )

MM said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful comment!! Love your blog and just started following!

This giveaway is amazing!! Love these bags!

Have a wonderful week, sweetie!!


Tights Lover said...

I love the Q&A, and I'm definitely excited to see your line of accessories!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Well this is definitely the best giveaway I have seen in a LONG time. :) Her designs are so pretty. I love all her bags. What talent! And great interview too. It's nice to know that social networking sites like facebook have made it easier for designers to become successful!

I'm your follower and I like MM on fb.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Oh, and I like you on fb too. (I'm Jenny Benny). xoxo

eye_spy said...

thanks so much for your comment!
great name and designs :)
want to follow each other?

- eye_spy

eye_spy said...

thanks so much for your comment, now following!
can't see your name in my google connect list though...

- eye_spy

Sanna said...

Those bags! ahhhh.,

SabinePsynopsis said...

Loved to read the interview - it's such a challenge to survive on your art, but I'm sure Mish Mash Designs will do super-well. And what a generous gift!

followme-around said...

Thanks for the comment:) Great bag!!



Oh congrats, sweetie! Lots of fun happenings! Love :) xoxo

skippysays said...

Congrats on starting your own accessory line- how exciting!!

Pop Champagne said...

lovely interview! I feel social platform is great for start up companies and independent artists as well, it's a great way to be connected!

sam_mom said...

Hi Pratishtha,
Warm Greetings,

1. Liked Mish Mash Design on FB
2. Joined shotcouture.com on FB
3. Loved ur creative n unique designer bags
4. Following u via GFC
5. Wondering whether i'm fortunate enough to win the fabulous bag....
6. waiting 4 the grand result day :)

Mom of two D said...

Done. Hope to get one.
thnx, SB

Anonymous said...

You look GREAT!!!

and i love the designs!

Aimee Victoria Long said...

Congrats on your new line!!! I can't wait to see it.i found your blog from a comment you left on another blog. So glad I came across it!
Please come and visit my blog and maybe even follow if you like.

shopgirl said...

This is so lovely. I love her art! It's sweet and whimsical! Thanks for sharing her talent with us Pratishtha! It's definitely a story of inspiration.

p.s. thanks for your wonderful words of support. you are awesome! Wishing you a wonderful day sweetie! xo


shopgirl said...

Oops! forgot to wish you congratulations on your accessories line! Can't wait to hear more about it!

Taj Acosta said...

Fabulous! And I can't wait to see your accessories line dear! xo

Chanel Tonè said...

Fabulous Post! You have a great look and I love your style!

Thank you so much for visiting my site and for leaving that awesome comment. I would love to have you as a follower of the Style~ Spotlighted and of course I will gladly return the gesture. I sincerely hope to see you very very soon.

Stay FABulous!

Chanel Tonè said...

Fabulous Post! You have a great look and I love your style!

Thank you so much for visiting my site and for leaving that awesome comment. I would love to have you as a follower of the Style~ Spotlighted and of course I will gladly return the gesture. I sincerely hope to see you very very soon.

Stay FABulous!

Er Khyati said...

Hi, had already liked your facebook page and the mish mash facebook page. Also following you on friend connect now. Infact, just joined the friend connect site now after you explained how to follow it :)

Thanks for this cute delightful giveaway !

Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Great giveaway girl and of course do enter me. I followed the required rules!!!

<3 Marina

Sick by Trend said...

veryy cool! love it


Have a great weekend :)


Elle Sees said...

wow, how cool!

WMBG said...

thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog!
your style is really great! :)



Marcia B. said...

oh wow i love the style of Mish Mash.

Jen Umm said...

great inspiration! love the first pic!
thanks for sharing!

if you like we can follow each other on bloglovin :)
let me know!