Walk by Beyond Canvas, an art studio, in Nungambakkam and we bet you will have a stand-and-stare moment. Well, that happened to us. Good thing we decided to go in (otherwise we wouldn’t have this) and speak to Shetal, the owner. Every item inside is made by her and on a quirky scale of 1 to 10, these products rank 100. From making paintings to revamping furniture and creating home decor items, there's a lot that she makes.
Shetal paints mostly with acrylic and her art is functional and abstract. She mixes different kinds of media like mosaic, fused glass and more to come up with her design. The end result - you have bookends, boxes, and painted trays - all featuring unique designs like dancing elephants and nature themes. The blue wooden box with huge leaf designs, where every part of the leaf is a different colour, looks incredible. One bookend reads ‘not enough bookshelves’ and the asymmetrical patterns and vintage vibes of the other bookends will appeal to every stationery hoarder. They are priced from INR 200 onwards.
You will also stumble upon coasters, photo frames, and tea light holders at Beyond Canvas. We love the bright orange clutch made with gems and stones. Show up with this clutch at any event and we bet you will be the eyeball magnet. We love their mobile mandir too (a small, hand-painted mandir with a bell and an idol of Ganesha). You can change the idol and add whatever you want, but the coolest part is you can take it with you wherever you go (A little divine travel there)! We love the compact green and orange lotus mandir.
Beyond Canvas has hanging lanterns and hand-painted mirrors too which come with huge chunks of beads and gemstones. Head to the store once. We bet you will feel awestruck.