Collecting spoons for the better half of your life might seem like a weird hobby, but artiste-designer Shahid Datawala knows how to turn every piece of scrap in his possession into something wearable, and expensive. The jewellery designer’s latest collection, retailing at city store Atosa, is fashioned from vintage spoons and forks that he scoured and stored from places across the country.
“I used to appreciate vintage cutlery even as a kid. My grandmother used to have a lot of pieces from the British era. So when she started discarding them, I began collecting,” Datawala recalls, adding, that he’s been growing his treasure chest over the years by visiting flea markets and antique shops on his various travels.
Since he also welds, crafts and sculpts the pieces by hand, no two pieces are the same. “Each is basically one-of-a-kind,” he says, adding, “I spend about three to five hours working on a piece. It’s a meditative process for me, so I don’t look at it as a source of income, rather as something I love to do.”
But don’t think the sentimental scrap nature of his raw materials makes this quirky collection easy on the pocket. Datawala’s pieces range from Rs 7,000 to Rs 12,000. He adds, “I don’t even need to sell these in a store because I know a lot of private collectors. Whenever I’m done with a few pieces, I send pictures to those whom I know would love to wear these pieces.”