Published: 19th June 2019
Meet this 21-year-old Coonoor artist who carved the alphabet letters A to Z on a 0.7mm lead
Krithika Ramesh from Coonoor carved alphabet A to Z in a microtip and won the Vajra World Records. She is the first girl to create this record
As kids, making sure that our pencil's edge was sharp was among the greatest responsibilities. Remember how a broken tip was a big no and having a microtip pencil was the greatest achievement ever? (At least for Generation Y). Here's Krithika Ramesh, a 90s kid who took that a bit too seriously. She carved alphabet A to Z on a 0.7mm pencil tip, that made it to the Vajra World Records.
Hailing from Coonoor, Krithika is a student of McGans’ Ooty School of Architecture. She was inspired by the works of her senior, Midhun R R, who guided her throughout. “ Midhun started carving the alphabet on a 0.5mm tip. I tried my hand on a 0.7mm tip. During the first few tries, the tip broke. But I kept on trying,” she says.
A self-taught artist, she spent hours every day to make this novel piece of art. However, the Vajra World Records was something unexpected. “The record was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t apply for it, but Midhun did it for me. He had the photographs of the process. Then one day, he informed that I have made the record,” she laughs.
She managed to devote a part of her day to complete this unique art-form. “I did not make it in one stretch as we don’t use a lens. So it is an actual strain to eyes. Every day I spent one or two hours on it. I split the work over days,” she says.
She has also tried her hand in various other art-forms. “I also do oil painting, paper cutting, flame ash, coconut shell carving, knife painting and pebble painting. I recently started working on watercolours too. Coffee art is similar to watercolours. I am yet to explore it,” she says as we gaped in awe. Boy, that is a lot of talent! Having studied art in school, she has won a lot of prizes.
This young artist is now planning to make models using rice-grains. Unsurprisingly, as a student of architecture, she wishes to combine art with architecture. “I want to try something combining art and architecture. I want to start something new in interior designing. I am planning to start an initiative where I can mix art and architecture,” says this 21-year-old.
Her other notable lead carving works include a lock and key which was done on 2mm pencil. Along with a few friends, she also conducts workshops on carving. “We used to conduct workshops in these art-forms at National Association of Students of Architecture (NASA). We have conducted model making and pencil carving workshops,” she said.
If you're interested to own any of her art, here's good news. They're up for sale on her Instagram page. “ For commissioned work, we don’t make the lead thin. We have the lead a bit thicker. And we wrap it in bubble-wrap so that it doesn’t get damaged,” she said.