When did you last indulge in your favourite hobby? Just picked up the brush, dipped it into paint and gave free vent to your creativity? Or picked up sheets of colour paper to make lanterns? Or string threads on a discarded wooden board to make a little bird? In the era (yes, it is an era) when mobile phones, laptops, I Pads and the social media did not exist, such unpretentious artefacts occupied pride of place in our drawing room (today’s living rooms) much like exhibits in a museum and guests would look at them with awe and admiration over hot cups of tea served in a bone china tea set along with the ubiquitous Glucose biscuits and moong daal bhujia.
That’s what Rajvi Sanghvi has set out to do through her weekend hobby workshops called HobbMob. She is, as she says, “Fuelling hobby missions”. Weaning people away from their smart phones and meaningless socialising, she offers them a much more satisfying experience through these fun workshops which are open to people and children of all age groups. For some, the workshops are a stress buster, others come to learn, some others come to hone their skills and for some they are a throwback to their childhood days.
Inspired by the ‘Paint Nite’ concept in USA from where she returned last year, Rajvi sought to ignite the hobby bug among people back home through HobbMob. “I found people were losing touch with their hobbies,” she says.
Rajvi’s recent Coffee Art and String Art workshop at her Hauz Khas, New Delhi studio attracted men and women, boys and girls from all shades of life, professionals, housewives, children etc. The workshops are also a platform for young artists to showcase their talent. One saw Agrima, a textile design graduate from NIFT dexterously teaching control over the brush required in coffee art.
She has also taken the concept to Hyderabad and Bengaluru, where she collaborated with local artists, restaurants and cafes for her workshops. On the anvil in the two cities and in Delhi this month are a Doodle Art and Paper Art workshop. Rajvi also plans to organise a board games championship.
Lined up in the Capital on August 4, 5 and 6 at Select City Walk, Saket are free Coffee Art classes as part of the Cold Coffee Festival.