Lini’s World: Malini And Her Figurines Are A Bundle Of Joy

Posted on 9 August, 2016 by Team Wishberry

Driven to create personalised figurines and miniatures, Lini’s World is working on a world full of handcrafted clay sculptures. Malini Chakravarty, the hands behind Lini’s World and a former Teach For India Program Manager, is focused to enhance the act of exchanging gifts and preserving memories by making it more meaningful and one of its kind.


I have always been fascinated by cute little miniatures and after meeting Malini that feeling of wonderment only increased. I can’t wait to get her to work on a badass but cute little Khal Drogo for me. While that’s for later, this is what our conversation unfolded into:

 

How long have you been practicing the art of sculpting? 

Malini: I have been sculpting for around one year now. Only started professionally through Lini's World in May'16, though. Otherwise, I have been interested in art since I was a child and even had it as a subject for both my board exams in school.    

What made you professionally dive into the unchartered waves of a craft like this?

Malini: I have always had a fascination for figurines and collecting them from all over the world. There were several ones I wanted but could not afford so started making them on my own. I specialise in custom made figurines where I use my clients’ photos and conversations with them in order to make something they can keep forever. I also make a range of miniature figurines and sculptures for home/garden décor, jewellery (mostly abstract or character based, sometimes it’s made to order according to clients’ needs), fridge magnets, party favours, etc.

 

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What all challenges do you face often while working on a project?

Malini: It takes me anywhere from several days to sometimes weeks to finish one figurine. One time the courier company lost one of my packages, that was a bit heartbreaking. But as I made the same figure the second time, I made sure it was better than the first attempt. Learning as I grow is a challenge I am ready to embrace.

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Do you work alone or have a team that works with you? 

Malini: I work on taking the orders, discussing ideas, making the figurines and art alone. My husband, Aditya, helps keep track of the accounts/finances and delivery of the products. We make a good team.    

How do you plan to scale these miniatures? 

Malini: So far I don't see myself scaling up as I still have a lot to learn. I see myself only having to learn different styles and better my art to make my clients happier with each passing day.

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What has been the highlight of your journey so far?

Malini: Every time a client shares about how happy they are with their product or when they give me a shout out on social media, I get a silly grin on my face that is definitely what keeps me going. Also, when packages are delivered all over the world to people I have never met, it makes me happy to know my art is going places I might never reach!

 

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What’s next on your plate?

Malini: In the short term, I have quite a few pending orders that need to be finished within the next few months. On the long term, I have bookmarked several artists whose works I am studying, and need to take out time to practice while I perfect my style.  

 

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