Berhampur, November 20 (LocalWire): At a time when waste management has become a major challenge, a 42-year old woman is making all the difference by turning them into beautiful household articles and pieces of decoration.
Reshma Kadvath, is the wife of an officer in the Army Aid Defence College in Gopalpur and has been converting old, unused materials into useful articles to decorate her house.
The beautiful trays, for example, have been fabricated from the flower pod of the coconut tree and made of the hollow wood piece.
She has also designed a clock using broken tree trunks, cushion covers using scrap clothes, neckpieces made of medals, fossils, camel accessories, postage stamps, and peacock feathers.
A mother of two, Reshma, has been using the materials to decorated her house, as well as functional furniture like the dining table designed from old hand cart, seating design from scrap wood that is embellished with scrap cycle parts.
One can also find cloth bags made from old dresses, and sitting tables cut out of the typical fauji trunk.
“Almost all household articles that we are using in the army quarter are made out of waste materials,” she said adding that she has not purchased any cushion or cloth bags.
Reshma is also an author of two coffee table books: ‘Creative Musings of an Army Wife’ and ‘For the Love of Creativity’.
“For the Love of Creativity advocates the mantra of reduce, reuse, and recycle to the hilt and reaffirms the fact that one does not need truckloads of money to do up one’s home. All one needs is a pinch of imagination and hint of perseverance to give flight to one’s creative dreams,” she said.
“I started making household products from different waste materials before marriage, which were inspired by nature,” she stated, adding that after her children became independent and able to manage their teenage lives, she was back into creativity.
“In fact, my creativity was enhanced with the support of my husband,” Reshma said.
Despite household work, taking care of children, and pursuing a master’s in Psychology, she spends over two hours every day daily to pursue her passion for making new items from the discarded materials.
“Though some of my followers on social media have suggested that I take it up as a full-time profession, I am yet to make up my mind,” she stated, adding that over 13,000 followers have shared her creative and décor ideas so far.