my story.

I turned to creative writing in my twentieth year and it has been my solace for a decade. The act of writing and art-making are therapeutic and largely cathartic for me as a Person with a Disability. I want to not only share my vision with my community of writers and artists but also with the world at large—it's what I know and do best. 

Art is accessible to everyone. You just have to show up! :) Are you ready to join me and find your own unique voice that is waiting to be discovered? If you nodded your head in the affirmative, here's how:

 

- Subscribe to my newsletter for regular updates and fun monthly challenges!

 

- You can attend one of my online workshops where we'll embrace the power of free play and experiment with poetry & art. It doesn't matter if you're an absolute beginner. The only thing I ask is you come with an open mind. :) 

- Download my ready-to-use collage papers and start creating! :) 

- Share your work with the hashtag #bricabrac

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workshop reviews.

As a politically active person, I have always been interested in engaging with people using my studies and art. However, one of the toughest obstacles to cross had been on how to make it appear attractive enough for the common man, both young and old. My interest in poetry has helped me come a long way in overcoming that barrier. This interest led to enrolling in Shloka’s Visual poetry workshop and I was genuinely surprised with what I could produce. Today I am happy that I can use not just words but also colors to express myself and make my craft look attractive even to someone who speaks a different language.

~ Jayashree, Student of Studio Ikigai

This was my first run-in with Visual Poetry and it was really exciting to get to know how art and poetry can go hand-in-hand. I was also introduced to Asemic Writing in this session, which, I have to confess, has since left me mildly obsessed with the form. Shloka’s delivery and examples were excellent and very insightful throughout the workshop.

~ Sharon, Student of Studio Ikigai

Honestly, before attending the workshop, I thought we would be learning about the forms of poetry which are common and known to all. But after attending both workshops facilitated by Shloka, I actually realized that poetry can indeed be created out of everything and nothing. This workshop has given me the opportunity to delve deeper and nurture my creative faculties. I’ve been playing with words so far but after the workshops, I’ve begun to see that the combination of words and art can truly create a masterpiece! Shloka’s workshops have been one of the best I’ve attended with mind-blowing insights. Thank you for showing us that art has no boundaries! ♥

~ Vidhi, Student of Studio Ikigai

I had no clue about Visual Poetry before attending the workshop. It was a wonderful learning experience. The examples and methods shown to create each form were great fun and I have since been enjoying trying my hand at them all! I thank Shloka for introducing me to this new genre of poetry and art.

~ Chidambar, Student of Studio Ikigai

Shloka’s Found Poetry workshop was an absolute joy. It has not only given me an idea about fresh perspectives in modern-day poetry but also stoked an urge in me to look at everything about me through a new lens. From book spine poems to erasures to centos, this workshop has encouraged me to look for poetry in the most unexpected of places. Many thanks to Shloka for doing this. I look forward to learning more from her and her fun workshops!

~ Kausik, Student of Studio Ikigai

 

testimonials.

Whether infused with words or not, Shloka Shankar’s stunning abstract artwork pulsates with poetic depth and a unique, creative flair. Each of her designs propels you to ponder if there is something beyond what you actually see at first glance. I still stare in awe at the clocks and mug I purchased from her store and ask myself if there is more to it than meets the eye. I love her work! 

~ Chrissi Villa

Shloka’s beautiful art has been an excellent addition to many of my rooms. I’ve purchased prints, mugs, tote bags, a sticker, and a clock; everything has been excellent quality. Her lovely colors and prints are an easy way to brighten up your home, an outfit, or just your day!

~ Grix

Shloka’s mini art prints are dangerously good products to explore. They are striking in their subtlety, leaving you with an unexpected desire for more. So each time I turned a corner, I found myself ordering another one! Aside from being attractive holiday gifts for my co-workers, it also allowed me to pick something meaningful for each person. I am sure these beauties will continue to take centre stage long after the other holiday tchotchkes recede into the background. Shh...I kept one for myself, too!

~ Kashiana Singh

Shloka has developed a unique style of transforming her passions into exclusive designs and a wide-ranging product line using digital art, collage, and poetry. The resulting products are thoughts and creations straight from her heart which truly make them one-of-a-kind. For me, bric-à-brac is a perfect melange of vibrant colors, shapes, and artwork in a variety of styles. 

~ Shradha Chandramouli

So happy with the art prints, they speak to me. I originally bought them to give as gifts, but now I am finding it difficult to part, so will keep them for myself.

~ Surekha Iyer

Shloka’s virtual store is a treat for sore eyes. They reflect just the mood you want to display: bright colours to cheer  you up, black and whites to slice into your everyday thoughts, and patterns that are quirky, fun, and highly aesthetic. Her art is my go-to for gifting. Thank you, Shloka!

~ Shobhana Kumar

I love Shloka Shankar’s unique and thought-provoking art. From tote bags to mugs to fine-art prints, I always find something to add to my collection. I especially love her use of shape and color. 'Eye of the Horse' is my favorite print and reminds me of the horsehead nebula. It pops in my teal blue frame! Shloka is a master at combining word and image. Her 'All You Need Is Love' wall clock is a must-have for any Beatles fan or clock fanatic!

~ Susan Beth Furst

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