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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Shop of the Week Spectra kraft

Alankar, owner of Spectra kraft, grew up in the eastern part of India.  She came to the USA as a graduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She is married with a 2 year old son.

Alankar received her graduate degree in May 2013  in Economics and Public Policy with a focus on International Development.  She has a passion for the potential of technology to bridge income gaps and help marginalized communities gain access to health, education and income opportunities.  Prior to moving to the US, she worked with rural communities in India and explored how computers might help them gain access to these essential services. 

When asked about inspiration Alankars response was, "Just the ability to create something new is very motivational to me.  When you create something, you're so invested in the process that all distractions fade away.  It's like throwing clay on a potter's wheel, if you're distracted, the clay doesn't cooperate".
Carnelian & Silver                                                                    Earthy Orange
 As a stay at home mom her Etsy business is her day & night job along with the responsibilities of being a mom and a wife.  She has been creating jewelry since she was a young girl when during summer holidays, a friend of her mother's guided her on several arts and crafts projects.  She started her Etsy store in November 2013 and was happy to find a place that served independent artisan in showcasing their work.  She believes Etsy is a great avenue to sell your work without having to think about the backend processes. 
                                    Dokra and Wood

 She and her husband love the outdoors and living in San Diego they have great weather for indulging in outdoor activities.  She also loves photography and baking.  She tries to pursue those loves whenever she has time.  With her store she gets to spend a lot of time on her photography which she enjoys.  One LOVE she has is watching detective shows like Sherlock, Miss Marple and Poirot along with WW II and Cold War documentaries and films.
 Boho Wrap                                                           Lava and Coin

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200637689/lava-and-coin-necklace-chunky-necklace?ref=shop_home_active_23What do you consider to be your greatest talents?
I consider my need to explore my biggest talent. I’m fascinated by most things. As a result, I have this compulsive need to discover and innovate – whether that’s a food recipe or a jewelry piece that I am making. I like to play with different permutations and combinations because at the end what you have is something new and novel.
Her favorite advice is a quote by Rabindranath Tagore: "The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough".  For her it puts things in perspective and inspires her to see beauty in the present rather than worrying over yesterday and tomorrow.

Article by Gail of Digital Expressions and Artful Papers 


  1. So lovely to read this interview about you. When I began focusing on my Etsy shop last Spring I came across your creations. You were one of my favourites. It was only later that I somehow came across our community. Your creations are bright with integrity. Wonderful to know more about your life. This quote is beautiful and I will share it. Living life by moments at a time brings so much gratitude for this experience. Thank you for your share.

  2. Wonderful article and love reading about you and your family Alankar!

  3. What a Wonderful way to get to know a little more about you, Alankar!

  4. It's so awesome to read your story, Alankar! Great work and wonderful accomplishments. I wish you much success, always.

  5. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story, Alankar. It's lovely to connect a face and inspiration to your lovely work.

  6. Thank you very much, everyone!