Reshmi Shekhar’s venture ‘Curiosity Kills The Cat’ (CKTC) got its name as a result of her penchant for doodling cats. In fact every piece she creates carries a hidden cat behind or tail. It’s her signature that brands every exclusive item that she designs.
In her own words, “Curiosity Kills The Cat was absolutely unplanned; like most things I do. It was a lot more fun to doodle and send them across to my friends, rather than be at work.” For an inherently artistic person like Reshmi, getting into a creative field seemed like the obvious choice. “I have always been drawn to the arts in various forms, whether it was music, dance or writing. I took to sketching a lot later.”, she says.
Curiosity Kills The Cat was absolutely unplanned; like most things I do. It was a lot more fun to doodle and send them across to my friends, rather than be at work.”
She draws inspiration for her projects from a number of things. “I’m inspired every day by so many people putting into action all these ingenious ideas. I read a lot of children’s books. They are so full of imagination.”
I’m inspired every day by so many people putting into action all these ingenious ideas.”
As the appreciation for local artists and their original work grows, people like Reshmi find encouragement. Flea markets, Comic Con, art festivals have provided her a space to showcase her work. Commenting on her experience, she says, “The response has always been positive, and these events are such great learning experiences. It also throws you out of your comfort level a little, because putting your art up on a portal for everyone to judge can be daunting sometimes. Furthermore it’s a great platform to network with other artists and brands in the field.”
Reshmi believes that success in a competitive field like hers lies in skilfully blending your brand with your personality, for a unique individual touch. As is the case with any gifted artist, she has moments of doubt and insecurity. But channelizing them into a positive outcome is the way to move ahead.
While she is active on Facebook and Instagram, and also sells her art on the CKTC website and a few e-commerce stores, Reshmi strongly believes that nothing can replace quality work. “I think you can adopt whatever strategies, spend any amount on advertising, but if the content isn’t solid, it seldom works. I try to innovate in terms of the kind of art and products I put out.”
I think you can adopt whatever strategies, spend any amount on advertising, but if the content isn’t solid, it seldom works.”
Expressing her views on the role of gender in succeeding as an artist, she says, “If you work on painting a portrait of yourself like Frieda Kahlo, and be inspired by sunflowers like Van Gogh, I think one can float along just fine, gender aside.”
Wanting to bring two of her passions – art and music together, Reshmi is looking to get into the album-art space. Currently she is working on a social initiative titled ‘Dabba Gaadi Project’. It involves designing signage for vendors and hawkers in the city.
Sharing advice based on her experience, she says, “What works sometimes is not having a 5 or 10 year plan and just taking the day as it comes, and being adaptable. Also, always follow up on 2:00 am ideas.”
What works sometimes is not having a 5 or 10 year plan and just taking the day as it comes, and being adaptable.”
Giving up a stable career to pursue an interest is one Bold move. But Reshmi Shekhar took a leap of faith, and followed it up with hardwork and determination. After all, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.