Wandering away…

You know, some days are like super-foods, brimming with goodness, packed full with the flavours of life, wholesome… and they leave you with a feeling of why ever didn’t you get to them earlier.

This is exactly how I feel about the last 3 months. I have achieved so much in so diverse a range of paths of life that I feel each and every moment of my existence has led to me to this state of my life and being.

A small note here; achievement for me has never been fully about money (duh) and success has never meant astronomical sales sheets and fancy cars… Now that that’s out of the way for people who don’t know me, let’s get to the point of being and the universe conspiring to get you there!

Few of the major life changes that happened in the last 3 months:

Going for a zero-waste lifestyle

This might seem doable, but in a world where consumerism rules, you really don’t know where the food you eat, the water you drink, the air you breathe, the clothes you wear, the fuel you burn, the internet you consume come from.

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Is it enough that it is organic (try looking for organic food grain options not packaged in plastic) or is it more important that it’s packed in a sustainable material. GMO or not, how will you even know? What happens when you wish to order in food? Plastic spoons have become more disposable in the human psyche than even a dirty newspaper! And let’s not even get into thermocol plates and plastic takeout containers… (300 million tonnes of plastic is created each year. Figures for recycling of plastic waste are vague and confusing with a lot of plastic waste exported to Asian and African countries for mostly incineration, but it’s around 30% being very very optimistic)

Disposable water bottles while travelling, hotels and restaurants refusing to serve filtered water, cinemas, malls and airports which ban you from carrying your own water, tanker-full of water being used for homes in the poshest parts of the country.

Illegal and harmful burning of plastics, no safety standards in factories, vehicles without PUC, roads not geared for walking and bicycling…. It all leads to a really toxic cauldron of oxygen mixed with whatever else!

Disposable clothing, fashion trends, substandard materials, cheap imports, SALE SALE SALE, time before money before environment. This is what our personal choices boil down to. Smooth shiny hair is wonderful isn’t it, who cares what the shampoo is made of. Makeup tested on live animals. The price of fashion unfortunately is really very high!

Going Vegan

Adding to that since a week or so I have gone vegan! And it was one of those things that just feel right. I mean, I don’t eat meat since a few months because of the unethical way animals are slaughtered… So how is the milk any different, or honey or cosmetics? Any thing on a consumerist scale will always have ethics way down on their list of priority.

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The Wandering Artist

I travelled around 5000 kms across 9 states with all my upcycled products packed in old trunks exhibiting and installing on the way… I’ve met amazing people, got a feel for the roads, know the toll rates (UP and Rajasthan are too expensive!) I carried my own water in upcycled glass bottles, had my own personal trunk as a dustbin (collecting all my garbage) and saw loads and loads of garbage everywhere. On the side of the roads, in the Ganga and the Hooghly. I saw landfills and soft- drink trucks competing for my attention. A whole lot of people content with what they are served in life and a whole lot more trying to achieve success as defined by things and money.

All I know is that the things I do and the things I make are intricately and inexplicably connected to the places I go and the things I see. Like Douglas Adams will timelessly say “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

au revoir

New Year New Resolutions

Jane Austen once wrote in a correspondence, about creativity and selling out…
“No, I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other.”
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It is serendipitous how we so often end up reading something about things we are thinking or struggling with at that time. In the days after demonetization, as people frugally get on with their lives, little has changed at WonkyWorks… Our core values have always been about preserving what we have, working with what we accumulate and reducing waste.

In an age where TV commercials run in loops and virtual marketplaces rule, alienating us from the process of making and the joys of creating, WonkyWorks believes that ‘Old is the New New.’ We have more Upcycled Glassware then ever before, revised pricing for everything and amazing discounts for multiple buys.

And all this for an upcycled waste glass bottle that is salvaged one bottle at a time and awesomely handcrafted at our very own Glass & Upcycling Studio in Vadodara always keeping in mind our principles of sustainability, being green and ethical making.

And the new year resolution has already began for me to live a lifestyle leading to zero – waste. That means making a conscious effort to reduce waste, and using the waste creatively for your needs…

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Ekta,
Founder, WonkyWorks

The story of my life.

ekta at the upcycled window wall at the WonkyStudioHere I sit, early on a Sunday morning, waiting for the man to finish reinforcing the heating elements of my new furnace. The coils sagged after the first firing and need to be supported before I can start melting glass in it. The fact that there are words like furnaces and coils and heating elements in my vocabulary gets me contemplating… Did I, 10 years ago, even fathom the possibility that I would be a glass artist and designer with rudimentary knowledge of heating furnaces and what nots. Thinking back, that was probably the time I was working in advertising as a lowly minion, which in retrospect is the biggest contributor to the path of anti consumerism which I am on now… Which was in turn followed by becoming environmentally conscious. Working in advertising was amazing for me. I think it put into perspective the principles and ethics I would want to follow in my life, by not having any.

The wholesomeness of creativity I feel is only truly rewarding when paired with good solid principles of doing good work while taking into consideration how a work is made and how its sold; how you treat the people who work for you, how you treat the environment… Because isn’t every step a part of the end? Isn’t it essential to think that the integrity of the work you do makes you the person you are, making the world what you want it to be. Is this not then the essence of freedom perchance? The right to decide what is right for you, without interference from the diktats of society and the pressures of the world?

ekta
founder, WonkyWorks