THE WRITING ON THE WALL

It has been what? – one week into December, and Christmas already is so close. Should you need to know… Christmas began early for me, this year; it has been feeling like the festive season from November onwards (never mind that the Christmas spirit has momentarily abandoned me now that December is actually here but oh, well).

And oh, hello to you too. (Explaining more, below.)

#FacesintheTwitteringCrowd

This is a project inspired by the #visiblewomen I know on and off the interwebz. I titled it so because I figured that some of you enjoy your online presence (thanks, social media platforms) and perhaps might like to have an illustrated profile of yourself for personal or professional use. (If not for yourself, you could perhaps ‘gift’ this wee, intangible summat to someone you reeeeeally like/love; heh, you know ’cause… Christmas.) Personally, this project is for me to: hone my craft; make money (being a freelancer and lover of learning has its perils); and make a fun project out of.

Basically, I can render an illustrative likeness of yourself in the form of a JPEG/PNG illustration (I will even make a portrait of your prized pet, should you like); this, I will base on a photograph of yours (preferably vertical) and 3-6 questions that I would be asking you (your most worn colours/motifs etc.). To get ideas on how your likeness might be rendered, please see the poster I made for this series or check out the women I drew back in March-April of this year, etc. (The pricing details are in the poster; payments can be made to me – electronically and I make and deliver the illustration to your Inbox in 3-6 working days.)

Thank you for hearing me out! – This is something new I am trying and should you like my work and are keen to do business with me, I would be pleased to hear from you (by way of a comment or an e-mail).

P.S. The one-off chance that you are new here or have come upon this solitary post, an introduction might not be out of order. My name is Roanna Fernandes; I am a features writer and illustrator who lives in Bombay. I have had this blog for about seven years now; it has served me well as a platform to express myself, artistically  and gotten me a few illustrative assignments, etc.  Uh-huh, here’s the ‘however’: I have been harbouring doubts/thoughts about why this space continues to exist. After months of staying away though, I found myself back in the place where it all began yet I feel a lightness of brain. (At this point, my brain interjects with, “A feeble yay is better than none in the head.” Gee, thanks, Brainah, what would I do without you?  That more than you needed to know?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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Deer Diary

205 Deer Diary

Okay, so I have talked about Sreesha Shetty a couple of times on my blog! (1, 2, 3, 4) Erm, so I just really dig Lune OKAY, she inspires me and I feel like maybe I do want to do something about unfinished business of my very own (one particular label that I did not do much about). I happened to order this lovelie way back in April (was it?), and I’ve started wearing it fairly recently. Deer skulls + cool winters seem to sort of go together (not that Bombay is cold enough, yet) but yeah… But that’s just not it, I seriously LOOOOVEEEE this deer skull, she’s called Samara coincidentally, and I am so glad I may have ordered one of the last pieces around. It’s so beautiful, so Lunie, so ME, and so cool!

P.S. I also think it’s particularly wicked because there’s another girl who has been fashioning deer skull jewellery as well, and she’s eeeexpensive. Sreesha specialises in making quartz lovelies in addition to other pieces inspired by the moon and such, you should watch out for her website okay? Promoting this necklace out of my free accord/will, D-UH. I will always buy her babies for as long as I can! (Though it would be very nice to be paid by/for the other brands/labels I also LOVE to write about and feature. Okay, this is a shameless feeler! Write to me, won’t you, oh other cute shops? Thanks for reading.)

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

Truth or Bear

197 Truth or BearEver since bhane. revealed that they were working on an accessory line (sometime ago), I was pretty much hooked! Well, intrigued, I suppose. (Magali knows how much!) Then, I randomly started spotting pieces of their jewellery on an Instagram account of one (or two) of their employees + in an ELLE cover feature with Kiran Rao (sometime in August; the jewellery was launched recently on the website). Opinions, opinions (okay, my two paise) on the collection: I think it’s interesting that they’ve stuck to what they’re about – Basic, Clear, Minimalist, Wearable. I think they have a real thing going on here i.e. with the introduction of origami jewellery (the brooch pins are such a WIN!), and the dainty delicates – the arrow bracelet + necklace and the DOT pendant (and brooch pin, might I add) and not forgetting the midi ring sets – We want more of those. At least, I do.

I’m not certain how excellent/or not the quality will be over a period of time, but I’m very much buying this bear pin as soon as I hit “Publish”, I think. Oh, and it’s actually a boar pin – I’m calling it a bear because I like bears and this looks like one and it makes me think of/instantly reminds me of one of the constellations I really like – the Big Dipper, and then Ursa Major, if you may. What do you think of their jewellery? (Also, this pin is available to shop for, priced at Rs. 900.) // Other interesting news: Working on a separate set of business cards for myself. Don’t worry, the confetti ones will continue! I just like variation, c’est al.

P.S. SPOILER ALERT: This post wasn’t sponsored! I do really like their collection; it’s interesting and very much what bhane. is about – generally. Wish there were an introductory discount though, hahaha, but YEP! Can’t wait to possess one of these fellows. Let me know if you plan to get your paws on any… The squirrel’s quite fancy, too.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Make-A-Washi

194 Make-A-Washi

Remember when I kept on harping about washi tape? I mean, not over here, but on my Facebook page. And well, I did know of one place that retails it online from within India, Ricco Crafts, and I bookmarked it for the longest time ever, forgot about it, and asked around again – this year! Anyway, I remember having a conversation with The Closet Cook back when we used to work together (at The Label Corp, yep!) a few months ago… And she introduced me to the charms of Anupam. Yep, I know – big idiot = ME! – for not knowing better before, because I knew about Anupam, not that it stocked washi tapes in well, so many colours of the rainbow and then some more BUT because even stationery wise, I was like, really. That was my judgmental past! THANK YOU, NUPUR RELEKAR! I own more than a couple of rolls now, and I know where to refresh my stock every time I finish up a roll. And get this! One roll = Rs. 70. Right here in the city! Who woulda thunk?! Well, you could thank me but I would suggest that you direct your thanks, all here: CLICK, CLICK, CLICK, CLICK.

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Artwork  & Picture by Roanna Fernandes