Sunday, February 13, 2011

Featured Artist - Yasmin Hagalwadi

This is an interview I made earlier with Mrs. Hagalwadi ..

which was posted on my facebook page

thought I'd post it here too

Enjoy reading :)

10th December 2010

Where else to meet our next featured artist but to meet her at an art exhibit

Our featured artist this week .. is also a true artist to the bone

practicing different forms of art

Her work is very intricate & detailed .. she’s a master with the needle work .. yes ..

crochet, lace, and not only that but much more ..

when I saw her quilled pieces at the exhibition .. I was astonished

she’s really good at techniques that she stood by me at the exhibition

and helped everyone understand the art of paper quilling ..

she was kind enough to give me her time to demonstrate along with me

and take up the load .. and I was so happy :)

psssst .. “her roses were made by hand .. and the perfect ones they were”

shall we all meet out own Yasmin Hagalwadi ?

yes we shall ..

1) How did you start quilling?

I had tried my hand at Paper Quilling a few years back and loved it.

Because of the difficulty in finding supplies I had to put it aside.

But I took it up again 6 months back after seeing Amna's beautiful quilling projects .

I was so inspired that I had to start quilling again.

2) Do you learn from books too?

I do a lot of research on any craft that I take up. I don't have access to many books,

in fact I have just a couple of beginners books.

My main source is the internet and other artists.

Everyone has such beautiful work that just looking at their quilled creations

and works is a good learning experience by itself.

3) So shall we say that you are interested in different styles and techniques in arts and crafts?

I'd say I'm a Constant Learner of crafts.

I love to learn new crafts and the different techniques and methods in each.

I love the details.

As for other hobbies, Crochet is my passion. I do all kinds of projects in crochet.

Tatting is also a favorite with me and like to make the delicate laces in this almost forgotten art of lace-making.

I also do a little paper crafts ,sewing, origami, card making, embroidery,

Henna designing etc. My most recent craft is fabric flowers.

4) Does your art affect your life in any way?

I'm lucky that I do what I love doing. I'm a full time crafter and do custom orders for clients.

I make all kinds of gift items and favors for different occasions,

gift tags crochet accessories and home decor.

5) do you attend workshops or give workshops ?

I love to teach Art and Crafts. I've been giving private classes for quite a long time .

I've given only a couple of crochet workshops but haven't had the opportunity to attend one yet.

6) what does art provide to you?

The greatest gain is a sense a of peace and accomplishment felt

when you see the beautiful work of art unfolding itself as you work on it.

I feel that it takes me to whole new level of peace and joy and relaxes me - it's a great stress buster.

7) How can we get in touch with you and see more of your other creative work?

I have a blog mostly about crochet.

8) what would you like to share with the Guild members ?

I would like to see more people in U.A.E getting involved and learning different crafts.

Its a simple pleasure in life which can help one reconnect with the inner self.

I also hope that there is a better availability of crafts supplies in U.A.E

with reasonable prices so crafting doesn't seem like an expensive hobby!

I also love to promote anything handmade as each piece is unique and has a special value and a personal touch to it.

"Yasmin is now providing the basic quilling supplies in UAE"

Thanks Yasmin for your time

Now enjoy viewing her lovely art creations .. but let me tell you a secret

Yasmin is on her way of becoming a very good supplier of paper quilling supplies ..

she's working on contacting suppliers to get the best supplies with affordable cost ..

now go ahead .. admire her work :D

some of her quilled creations


  1. This is beautiful work - thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, lovely work, love your flowers!

  3. hi Paula .. yes .. her flowers are adorable aren't they .. thanks for visiting :)

  4. Florets are simply magnificent!

  5. I only found your blog recently, but am very impressed -- thanks for sharing this interview -- it inspired me -- I got a little tired of Valentine's day things so today I quilled some musical notes for a violin ornament -- pictures here:

    I hope you like it!

  6. Katrin .. yep the flowers were a hit ..
    Fio .. the framed work was very nice :)

    thanks ladies for visiting .. more interviews to come :)

  7. love this...yasmin is sooooooo talented...