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When art met junk – Meet Uthra, who loves to make everything best out of scraps

Sheryl Thomas Happy Stories

Junk Art is one of the coolest forms of art. How amazing it is to look at all the tiny broken pieces, use your crazy imagination and build something that will make you jump with joy? Woowww! In Boomerang, this is how we roll. I’m so glad that I found one such Human on Earth and I want to introduce her to you as well. Here’s Uthra Rajendran, an Engineering graduate who is currently a Graphic Designer. She is a hard-core dreamer and adventurer who is currently working on materialising her dreams. She is also a big time Potter-head who dreams about outer space in the day and dinosaurs in ice cream lands by the night. She’s into Junk art, wall paintings and venue decorations. We quizzed her with some really hard questions (yeahhh!!!) and she answered them all with such glee. Let’s take a look.

How did you first discover your love for art?

Back in school, I used to participate in a lot of art-related events. With the reception and motivation I got for my work, I dwelled deep into it.

What inspired you to keep following art? 


I used to pick up treasures(that are junk to other people) like zips, screws, matchboxes and just anything lying around the ground. Someday I would sit and making something out of them. The joy of giving form and life to something that has withered apart kept me wanting to do more. There is so much change that Art as a medium can give to you - both personally and to the society. What started as a school project and handmade gifts for friends, has come a long way now.

Do you have anyone who inspired you when it concerns art?

I used to watch this TV show called M.A.D on POGO. I loved the work of Harun Robert in that show. Him and the show were an inspiration to start with.

How does it feel to be working on something that you love the most?


It is most inspiring. I enjoy the work and love for the work keeps pushing me harder to explore and constantly learn so much. I am more dedicated and productive doing the work I love and its living as opposed to surviving. 

How do you come up with ideas on what to work on?

I take inspiration from every possible thing around us. The truck that passes by, the people we meet or insects eating leaves. Just everything.  I first think of the topic , read about it. Then connect it to the things we see in day to day life, and ideate.

What is your favourite form of art?

I love Junk art and Indian Truck art. The best thing about art is that it doesn't restrict me to one space. One day, I design T-shirts, the other day I doodle , some days I paint and others I do digital art. I love that everyday there is something new to work on.

What are your favourite hobbies?

My favourite hobbies include exploring my junk pile , reading or watching inspirational articles and videos and cartoons.

Apart from working on art, what other activities are you involved in?

I am a part of Dot org that brings about change through art. We organise workshops for orphanage and school kids. I love volunteering for social causes.

If you had a chance to meet someone and learn from them, who would it be?

I would like to connect to the local artists and learn truck art.

Do you have any dream projects that you want to take up?


Yes. To set up a concept store. Some day I want to do a big wall graffiti in the street and paint the Indian truck.

What is art according to you?

Art according to me is endless possibilities. There is so much that we learn and explore in it constantly. It is a powerful medium of change. I want to use my art to bring about change.

Any piece of advice for people who want to take up art but are very scared to look forward?


The struggle is real in this field. But if one really desires it, give it your full shot. Like they say in pursuit of happiness, 'Don't ever let someone tell you , you can't do something. You want it, go get it.' Whenever you feel you are having a block, just remind yourself why you are doing it. Motivate yourself . Keep inspirations handy and just keep learning. Above all, enjoy it!

You can check out Uthra’s works on her Instagram handle : @_uthra

Let’s buckle up and start following our dreams just like Uthra did!

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