Interview with the creator who blows us away, one miniature product at a time – Nirmitee Aphale!
Hey Nirmitee! So happy to be finally be talking to you about all the love you put into the Hand Made Love Studio! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to poke at your patience with my questions.
Before we begin, I want to just emphasise how stunning your products are. The calendar and the glow in the dark pin are an absolute delight and I am so eager to learn about the process that goes behind it.
Lets get to the interview!
Q. Behind the beautiful pictures of the extraordinary art that she makes, tell us who is Nirmitee Aphale and what does she love other than creating?– AnM
Okay, so we are starting with the toughest one.
I am a pretty regular kid. Yeah, I am saying kid even though I am 28. I am childish and the baby of my family. I am close to my family and set of friends. Apart from creating art, I love to watch crime series and I am obsessed with anything related to Serial Killers.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. Do you get the artsy side of you from your parents? Or was it just an interest that you devoted your time on improving?– AnM
My parents aren’t artists but there is a little bit of art from my mom’s side. I have always been inclined towards art since I was a kid and did spend a lot of time getting better.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. Did you ever attend classes to develop your skills?– AnM
My mom pushed me to attend drawing classes. She still keeps sending me ads of all the upcoming workshops happening in my city.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. How did this idea of selling your art come to you?– AnM
In 2016 I had quit my job and was recovering from a small accident. I was pretty clueless about my future. I painted a few bookmarks for Fun and a friend of mine suggested that I should start a business of hand-painted stuff. One thing leads to another and the result is in front of you.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. When did you first begin and did you ever think that you’d get such a welcoming and friendly response? How long did it take for people to start noticing your shop?– AnM
I officially opened my page on 24th November 2016. Honestly, when I first started I didn’t think that my page was going to go anywhere. I started with such basic stuff that I had no hope of turning this into a profession. It was just making me happy at that moment and I focused on that.
The Instagram community is love. I am blessed with some amazing followers who turned into clients and are now my friends.
Honestly, if I go to compare with other artists on Insta my page is nowhere close and being someone who is kinda competitive I always feel that I haven’t reached enough people. But people who have noticed my page are absolute sweethearts so not going to complain 🙂– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. How much time does it take to give life to an idea usually? How tedious/fun is the process of creating something new?– AnM
It all depends on the idea I guess. For example, now I am so absorbed in Harry Potter it usually doesn’t take long for me to figure out how to do it and actually get it done. But I always give myself about 2 weeks of time to make anything. Some ideas are absolutely fun to plan and create and then are somewhere I do them just because this is my main income source.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. What is the first product you’ve ever made? Do you still make it?– AnM
I painted bookmarks as my first order. I do still make them and they are my most bought item but definitely have stepped up my game in that department.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. How often do you take ideas from your friends/followers and give them life? What has been the best creation that has come out of this?– AnM
Since I pride myself in making everything customised a lot of ideas do come from my followers/friends or clients who approach me with a specific item they have in mind. I guess the best product to come out of it is Glow in Dark Deathly Hallows. A follower of mine asked me to create the Deathly Hallows with the glow in dark clay.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. What is your most sold/most requested product? Is it still in stock? (I’m gonna guess that it’s the glow in the dark deathly hallows paperclip, I absolutely love it!)– AnM
Hahaha Yes, it’s definitely Deathly Hallows and I had actually discontinued that product last year but had to make new ones because too many people still want it. 😀– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. Now that we’ve come this far, what are all the products that you’ve ever created?– AnM
Oh wow listing all the products I have created so far is kinda a long list but I will tell you the top products that I am absolutely proud of:
01. Mini typewriter
02. Mini trunk with Hedwig
03. Deathly Hallows (in all forms )
04. Hand painted bookmarks
05. All the boxes with goodies
06. A miniature farmhouse
08. Hand painted Coasters
09. All Harry Potter Potions
10. Friends Frame– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. Which of your products do you have the most fun creating?– AnM
Ummm. I love creating potions and painting coasters. Anything related to watercolour is always therapeutic. I absolutely love creating those mini typewriters. It has my heart.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. One fandom you’ll never stop making products inspired from? And if you know the reason, why?– AnM
Harry Potter!!!!!!! I am obsessed with the wizarding world and the level of work people have put into making those movies. I love recreating miniatures of the amazing items from the movies and books.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. How often do you get, ‘ Why is that so costly?’ and how do you deal with it? Does it turn you off and make you want to take a break from creating for a while?– AnM
Ahhh! My favourite question 😀 Not that often because when I started I was very much aware of my audience and I used to undercharge my work a lot. After years of scolding from my friend I eventually started increasing the price to standard rates. But 99% of times I am blessed with amazing clients who appreciate my work and don’t question the cost. I am grateful for that. It definitely makes me feel appreciated and gives me a different push to work harder.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. What is more exciting, making the same item for a bulk order or making multiple new items?– AnM
Sometimes making bulk items is oddly satisfying. I love to see the same piece being created over and over again and not lose its shape and form. I take pride in bulk orders because for someone who is a one-woman army I have completed some awesome bulk orders. But then there is always the excitement to experiment, to figure out how to make a particular item. I really can’t choose.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. Your 2020 calendar is the prettiest thing that I own. The artwork is so beautiful and it’s the best new year gift I received! Can you tell us something about the process of creating a calendar? Do you have a theme in mind or do you go in the blind while creating the artwork? Do you pre-decide colour schemes?– AnM
Aww, thank you so much for that. This calendar was extra special for me. I didn’t do much honestly speaking. I painted random galaxies and just had a general idea of how I wanted it to look but the real work was done by my boyfriend (who is an amazing artist himself).
He helped me a lot with the digitalization of the calendar and it’s a very important step because your digital copies affect the printing quality. So this year’s calendar had a big contribution from him. I don’t plan that much for the calendars. They depend on my mood and how much I am ready to give into them. I still haven’t decided what I am making for 2021.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. This is my favourite question to ask creators. What is your favourite part of the process beginning from getting the order to delivering it?– AnM
For me, it has to be packing the products. If anyone has seen the efforts I put into it they know I spend hours on just packing. from creating the exact size boxes to writing notes i love it all.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. What’s the best complement you’ve ever gotten?– AnM
A client of mine said she wants to name her future daughter Nirmitee because she is in love with my creations. That’s the sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. Is there something called as a creating slump? What triggers it? And how do you get out of it?– AnM
Oh, I get creative blocks all the time. I am an expert procrastinator and I don’t find the energy or the push I need to create till the very last moment. My laziness does just add to the slump. I don’t how to get over it. it just happens over time I guess, at least for me.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. What’s your go-to scenery for painting? (Like florals or the night sky or plants or the ocean?)– AnM
Sea and beach. I would paint it everywhere if I could. I love just putting those shades of blue and yellow ochre on paper and watch the magic.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. Can you tell us why your birthday box is the best gift ever? And what products does it have?– AnM
The birthday box is the best gift ever because it is completely customizable. I give the client complete freedom to choose what to put into the box.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. The first thing I noticed when I came across your account is how bright and beautiful the pictures are! Any photography tips for nubies like me?– AnM
Hahaha, loads of natural light. Nothing beats natural light. To find a window and the time when plenty of light comes through it and set up your flat lays there and get clicking.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. Is Handmadelovestudio something you want to be involved with for longer time or do you have other plans?– AnM
Handmade love studio is my life. I will never stop creating for it. I want to grow this business and add more things to my hat but currently a lot is happening on personal front so I am trying to focus on it. But next year hoping to grow this business more.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. I absolutely love your monthly layouts for your journal. How do you come up with ideas for layouts? They’re so amazing, pretty and unique, I wanna steal them.– AnM
PINTEREST PINTEREST PINTEREST !!!!!!!!! I live by that app. I get my journalling ideas from there.– Nirmitee Aphale
Q. Guessing from your stories, you seem to be a foodie? If I got that right, why is your favourite favourite food and what is your comfort food?– AnM
I am a selective foodie. There are some dishes I absolutely love but then I am really a picky eater as well. FRIES!!!!! I eat fries where ever I go. I have eaten fries in a south Indian restaurant ( The kinda restaurant which is famous for its dosa and sambar) Fries is my comfort food as well. I cannot live without fries.– Nirmitee Aphale
This or that!
1. Paperbacks or hardcovers?
2. Watercolours or acrylic?
3. Miniatures or artwork?
4. Fantasy or Thriller?
5. Stay home and chill or Go out and explore?
Both depending on the mood
6. Chai or coffee?
Chai is bae
7. Marvel or DC?
Marvel but also Batman
Thank you so much for your time Nirmitee. You are an amazing soul and I hope your creativity never sees an end. I wish for you to keep blessing us with your amazing products.
You can find and order her amazing products from her Instagram store: @handmadelovestudio !