So what if the life goes off-track for a while, it is not more than a detour for her. In fact it is just an opportunity to switch tracks and move on.
This is exactly the Mantra that Stuti Arora has been living her life on. A nomad at heart, she has been charting her own path from early on in life. She started her designing business – Messketeers fifteen years back and has been running it successfully since then.
Finally, after struggling setting up a start-up, from teaching art and craft, to making installations for malls, everything just started so soon. “Just before I knew it, I invested in new machinery. Investing does not end with just money to purchase a setup, you must be a mechanic, counsellor (for the clients and your team), relentless & crazy, you know the self-investment never really ends.
Being able to communicate her thoughts and processes is very important for Stuti, but she doesn’t like to be translated literally, so, over the years, she has learnt various art forms to express herself creatively. She is always intrigued to see how the critiques judge a person. For her passion and profession have never been very different because she doesn’t know how to do anything other than what she loves. The process of learning is never-ending.
A classic dropout, she did not like the education system, so just got out of it. Although she did study a lot of subjects – fashion design, export import management, finance management and did honours in literature because for her education was just a tool. She has always been passionate about learning new things.
ItIt is just an insatiable feeling which keeps her going on and one thing leads to another. From Origami to Photography, from Sculpture to Calligraphy, from just being a simple crafts instructor to a brand design strategist, her journey of learning new things goes on. And this empowered her as she has been able to find her voice. Now Stuti teaches Art and empowers others to express themselves creatively. She believes that expression of a thought is the first step to mental health.
“When your hobby becomes a profession there is no hobby.” Trust me on that, been there done that. Deciding to move away from the normal career curve “When your hobby becomes a profession there is no hobby.” Trust me on that, been there done that. Deciding to move away from the normal career curve was easy, but now how do you move? Well, I did not see that coming to be honest. So, I just randomly started to make things, and tried selling them, that is how my passion became my profession. For me practicing art is like meditation, for those hours you are totally away from all the noise of the universe and you are just there, trying to make some clarity with your expression, also in the process you learn about yourself.was easy, but now how do you move? Well, I did not see that coming to be honest. So, I just randomly started to make things, and tried selling them, that is how my passion became my profession. For me practicing art is like an initiation into meditative practice, for those hours you are totally away from all the noise of the universe and you are just there, trying to make some clarity with your expression.
Stuti Arora saw lockdown as an opportunity to diversify and Stuti Arora saw lockdown as an opportunity to diversify and work on her artistic passions as well as up-skilling herself further. For her, mind is not confined to the lockdown, it runs uninhibited like a free wild animal. She is busy collating artists from different genres and creating artistic pieces through her new initiative called Say Hey to Art.
She has been working on art projects for some time and lockdown gave her the opportunity to put things together on one platform. The new lockdown venture has some interesting features captured by Stuti.
I have always worked toward making ART as a respectable profession, and have also previously worked closely with dance artists through the annual event DanceXplosion-BFAB since 2015. This is a platform to find new dancing talent through dance battles and provide a legitimate platform to them to kick-start their career, along with guidance from various mentors, and scholarships. Through Say Hey to Art I am hoping a lot of artists shall be able to connect with each other, grow as a community and more so share their creations with the world.