We had the good fortune of connecting with Saudamini Madra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Saudamini, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe in patience, practice, and perseverance. These gave me strength to quietly wait for the right moment to launch my online store. Though I started posting my artwork in 2017, I didn’t launch my shop until January 2021! It took me time to create the best set of art to reflect my brand, but today I proudly display the work.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I love detailed elements in art. I have reapproached designs I made several years ago, and am now viewing them with a microscopic lens and recreating them. Right now I’m working on a series of Intricate Mandalas. I am using simple basic patterns but adding tiny elements to reveal more texture, depth, and detail to each piece. I’m so excited that my craft continues to evolve and that now I’m in a position to explore familiar themes with a deeper intimacy.
In 2017 I started paying attention to mandala drawings on social media. They looked so beautiful and I tried my hand at creating my own pieces. Eventually, I ended up putting them up on Instagram. I got a surprising amount of positive responses, so I kept going and posting my work over time. My followers send me stories of inspiration, about how my artwork sparked them to create their own pieces. Their incredible creations keep me motivated for creating and sharing more.
My entire brand is about positivity and staying inspired. Social media can be quite superficial and easily create self-doubt. It’s important to remind ourselves about the great things we can achieve if we trust in ourselves and just give it a try. I hope my followers stay inspired and keep creating their own originals.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In terms of activities, I love taking visitors to Huntington Library, Third street promenade LACMA and Farmer’s Market at the Grove, and to watch a play at the Pantages. Day trips to Santa Barbara and Malibu are always fun.
For brunch, I always take guests to eggslut, griddle cafe, zinc cafe, manuela, or république.
For dinner, we’ll head to osteria mamma, osteria mozza, din tai fung, cleo, ayara thai, faith & flower, or tar & roses. And for drinks, I like to go to the Edison, Perch in downtown, and Old Lightning in Venice. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, Franklin Horn has been an unwavering support in my transition from my career in fashion to a full time artist.
All photo credits belong to Saudamini Madra