Pellon: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Anshu: Besides my daughter,pretty fabrics are a big source of inspiration. Sometimes it feels like the fabric is just asking to be made into a particular garment. Pinterest and Etsy are also two big idea powerhouses for when I need to break out of a rut. I also like to watch what others are wearing in crowded places like carnivals, fairs etc.
P: What does your creative process entail?
A: My creative process usually involves some quiet hours (usually very early in the morning), a cup of tea and my trusted sewing machine. Things just go on auto-pilot from there.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing/crafting/quilting?
A: It’s really gratifying to turn raw fabric into a unique, beautiful and customized piece of clothing. However, nothing beats the feeling I get when my daughter says “Mamma you made this. It’s very good”, when she wants to wear something I made 3 days in a row (of course we talk her into changing out), or when she waits by my side for a project to finish, so she could wear it right away. That’s just beyond awesome.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or any other reason?
A: It took me a while to realize, but I sew mainly for myself. Even though I rarely make anything for myself, the whole process of sewing is therapeutic to me. When I am working on a project, I’m 100% focused on it with all my faculties functioning at their best. I don’t think I enjoy anything quite like this.
P: When and why did you start sewing/quilting?
A: I actually started sewing when I was about seven years old. I was just imitating my aunt who is an excellent seamstress and has always been my role model.
P: What inspires you to start a project?
A: The challenge of trying something new and making something beautiful. I usually get bored if I have to do the same thing over and over again.