Artist Statement:

Charan Creations is home to unique Hand carved wood stamps, traditionally used for the ancient Indian art of ‘Block-printing’ and hand block printed items. These versatile stamps can be used for stamping/printing on paper (scrapbooking etc), fabric, wallpaper, impressing clay (for pottery, ceramics, jewelry etc), leather, doing temporary henna/paint tattoos, encaustic, batik, handmade soap, candles, used as cooking stamps, impress on fondant etc. I introduced these versatile stamps at my online shop in an effort to help preserve, promote, revive and save this dying art. These are carved on a very sturdy & durable wood called Indian Rosewood. Since this wood cannot be found here, I do not carve the stamps myself anymore. I now only create the designs and get the stamps carved from artisans in India according to the principles of Fair Trade.

I also ‘block-print’ items with these wood stamps, using non-toxic fabric paints. Some of block printed items in the line include eco-friendly tote bags, wine gift bags, stationery (greeting cards, gift tags etc), 100% Silk & Cotton scarfs, Block-printed garments, Table placemats & Napkins etc. I recently started my line of hand ‘Block-printed’ garments. Here’s a brief description of the process: Firstly, the stamp(s) to be used in the printing is designed and sent for carving. Once ready, 40-50 yards of fabric is hand printed for each design. Then the fabric is washed and ironed before sending out for sewing into various garments that I design.

One of my recent creations is hand sculpted Polymer Clay Appliqué jewelry. Each jewelry piece is made with great love, patience and passion to create something exquisite. No moulds are used to create the details. Each small detail in the design is carefully applied with thin needle and many hours are invested in the creation of each piece.

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Other – Hand carved wood stamps, hand blockprinted garments and hand-sculpted polymer clay appliqué jewelry