Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Madh Mama online Shop!


Lately I have been very busy in my studio creating new things and I'm pleased to announce that I'm back on Etsy with some brand new things!

Husband-ji was designing some things one day and he decided to make Maya some t-shirts from my series' on Hindu Gods & Goddesses. Well, it turned out so beautifully that we had lots of friends and random people asking if we could make some for them too! So, we had to restart our Etsy shop so that people could purchase them online. (P.S. We ship internationally!)


I also listed some more items on my Society6 page, including a beautiful little watercolor I did the other day. Free form, no pencils...and it turned out beautifully! 


A few weeks ago, I read that it was the year of the Goat (for Chinese New Year), and apparently it's supposed to be great for creativity. I don't know about you guys, but my creative energy has been on overdrive!!!

Make sure to check out the new SHOP section at the top!

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  1. I am currently living in the Chinese speaking part of the world, and you can find goat-patterns on almost anything here right now. Some of them more creative than beautiful ;)
    Good luck with your projects!

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    1. Thank you! Happy new year (of the goat)!

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  2. Alexandra: You and your husband are great artists, I love the free form blue/green watercolor abstract and your miniatures of Hindus deities as individual art pieces are beautiful too.

    Regarding the t-shirts, while your heart is in the right place and your family and friends may appreciate the Hindu iconography, I can imagine some people may think of it as something to wear on Halloween to scare others.
    Yes, these sort of images of Gods and Goddesses are apparent on lots of things/products in India, ranging from bidi ads to truck decorations, but they are meant as folk art or protective talismans and not for commercial gain or caricatures to ridicule Hinduism.

    A few years ago, Zazzle, a California based company withdrew its sporting goods items which had big images of Hindu Gods. Another company had them on swimsuits too, and there are lots of examples of this religious imagery used on tchochkes and clothes.

    Yes, i know there is a big market already capitalizing on these 'exotic' images, but your Indian family that takes such pride in their caste/culture would probably balk at using images as commercial decorations by many who may use them merely for shock value.

    Most Hindus will just shrug their shoulders and not protest, but their sensibilities may still be hurt. Well, I guess this can be filed under freedom of expression.

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like them. You may be surprised to know that our Indian family has been the biggest cheerleaders of the Hindu iconography series and have even ordered some t-shirts so their kids can wear it. The series was inspired by my hubby's thatha who painted a similar story every single day of his life - each day he would paint a story of the Mahabharata or the Gita - that was what originally inspired me to do this series.
      Yes, you do have a point about Zazzle, however nearly every company in India does the exact same thing - religious iconography everywhere, on everything. The difference being most Westerners wouldn't know the particular symbolism. With us producing these images - the thing that sets us apart is that we are a Hindu household. I WANT my daughter to wear Ganesh or Kali to school. I want her to explain to her classmates what Ganesh is and what a bindi is; that is how other people will learn about Hinduism/India.
      The response from Westerners have also been great as well, even those who don't know much about Hinduism. In fact, my first order was from a Westerner with no connection to Indian culture; she bought it for her son to wear it to school.
      I'm not selling Halloween costumes, I'm selling limited edition every day art-to-wear. With a Hindu influence or not.

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    2. +1 For not selling Halloween costumes! :)

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    3. How exciting to reopen your shop ! I'll wait for more products though as in our family it is considered offensive to wear Hindu divinities on clothing...Wishing you the best of luck with your shop. (Padparadscha)

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    4. @Pad - thanks, yes it is totally exciting! Makes me want to create more things!
      Sorry to hear that, in that case we do have art prints, canvas prints, or framed art prints to hang in the home or in the pooja room
      --> http://society6.com/alexandramadhavan/prints

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    5. I am glad your Indian family approves - the paintings are beautiful; however my point is that the average Joe or Jane will wear the t-shirts for its sensational/shock value.
      Most Hindus do not wear clothing with Deities imprinted on them. Yes, there are plenty of other ways Deities are emblazoned on many things, but that is done with reverence.
      To start a conversation of Hinduism with non Hindus, it may be better with stating its core principles - e.g. All religions lead to Moksha - there is no need to condemn or convert others of different faiths.
      I think a lot of kids are going to be scared with the Kali image and the idea behind that aspect of the Divine Energy may be a bit too complicated for children.

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    6. I am not making *adult* t-shirts for that exact reason. Plus, I think kids should wear important gods like Ganesh - kids should have the good energy of the divine along with them as they study/play. Whether they are familiar with Hinduism or not, it is just good to have with you, IMO. I think Bugs bunny and Monster cartoons are just as scary as Kali, if not more so. Kids also know a lot more than we think they do, going to temple/church, worshiping gods during holidays - they know the forms of gods - just the iconography itself is a powerful image. Maya's favorite book is Ganesh by Sanjay Patel. We also have a few Chinese Buddhist friends and she points to Buddha at their house and knows what it is, although we do not personally practice Buddhism.

      More than me, my husband is always looking to wear Gods and goddesses and he says there is not enough with them on it. On his right arm, he has a tattoo of Ganesh and a full sleeve of Shiva. On his left arm, he has a full sleeve of Vishnu. In the future, he wants to get his entire back with Brahma. --> http://madh-mama.blogspot.ca/2014/07/vishnu-tattoo-sleeve.html

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  3. wooow this is so nice ,.. so talented u are ... :) congrats dear ...

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  4. I LOVE the Kali one and the Krishna snake one- so beautiful. I didn't have a chance to click on either of the links you've posted, but do you make these for adults as well? Alexandra, I wish I had this awesome manifestation of your creativity :-).

    Raina.

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  5. Just read the comments saying there are no adult sizes. Oh well. Beautiful shirts.

    Raina.

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    1. I actually did make the adult size by popular demand! It is unisex and you can match with your child :)
      https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/228418193/ganesh-adult-unisex-t-shirt

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  6. hi Alex,
    sorry..i am writing other than ur above article subject .. ..i want some advice from u ..
    i m ur regular reader past one month and daily two or three times i open ur blog and wait whether some new post copme or not ..don’t knwo something connects me with u.. i am Indian but still i learn from u ... ur site is not only for intercultural couple ..It’s for everybody ... here i want to speak something and want suggestion from u ...
    i have 4 yrs. old child born in 2011.. i and my husband both are working ... our job timing is morning 8:AM to 6 30 PM ... i am doing job before my marriage and now around 8 years total of my job .. my mother in law had stay with us when I started job ....sometime my mom had stay with us to take care of my kid till 1 and half years .. After that 4 or 5 month I gave my child to my mil and she take care my child in her place … at the age of two...i take back my child and sent day care to him … . He had regularly problem of cough and cold and for the age of 3.. he was suffering from pneumonia in feb 2014 after that we had taken more care of him and again in feb 2015 he had suffering from pneumonia .. Now as per doc recommendation. We will plan to check him with lungs doctor .. He has some type of allergy … in short now I don’t want to do job as I don’t want to leave my child to daycare again … i know if he live in home with me ..he can get allergy ..but may be probability of infection will reduce … what should I do ??? should I leave job ??? I have no financial problem..My husband can take responsibility of his family very well .. but some how I am not confident that after leaving job how will behave in difficult situation .. I have so much tension with my husband..at that time I feel I am surviving only due to my job .. I forget everything in my job place and after 8 hrs duty , I do house work and kid everything I forget but after leaving job if I get tension with husband how will I normal to me .. evrytime I will think same in home … and will get frustrated … pls help dear ..

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    1. Sorry to hear about these troubles - children being sick is so stressful and traumatic. As a mother, I understand how hard it can be...
      Is there any option that you can work part-time?

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  7. Very beautiful shirts. Glad to have landed here...Firangi Bahu :)

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  8. Well the new three shirts I can se here are beautiful.... I think sensible iconography of all things including religion is fine.After all I would not like to wear shoes with a symbol/icon of ANY religion! In factagree these shirts are specially good for kids .
    Going great :)

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