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Devi Chand - Founder and Designer, Papermelon

I’m Devi Chand, the founder and artist behind Papermelon. I make some exciting jewelry and decor from upcycled paper.

I live in a colorful India. I create from my little home studio in Chennai. I craft so that I don’t have to do other boring things. I’m wife to one and mother to a smaller one.

Hey!

I’m Devi Chand, the founder and artist behind Papermelon. I make some exciting jewelry and decor from upcycled paper.

I live in a colorful India. I create from my little home studio in Chennai. I craft so that I don’t have to do other boring things. I’m wife to one and mother to a smaller one.

Devi Chand - Founder and Designer, Papermelon

Flashback

As a tiny little kid, I loved to make things. My favorite things to make were glittery baubles and tiny gift boxes from candy wrappers. I proudly hung them on the Christmas tree, and then it felt like Christmas. My parents were super supportive in my crafty adventures and ignored the mess.

I grew up and studied design at NIFT. College inspired to dream, design and make more things. As a side effect, I met my awesome husband here. After graduation, I worked in a design firm. I yawned most of the time there. It took me only nine months to say goodbye to corporate life. I started Papermelon in 2009, and have since been crafting non stop.

Square One

When I started out, all I had was an enthusiastic me and a colourful stash of paper, thanks to my design education. During one of my experiments, I made my first paper bead by rolling a paper strip over a tooth pick. I loved how unusal and delicate it looked (also messy!). That was the first of the many many hours I spend making paper beads, perfecting the art, and experimenting to make them durable.

Overtime, I’ve fallen in love with working with paper, and the magic it creates.

Trashy Treasures

I obsessively collect all kinds of papers – newspapers, magazines, calendars, gift wraps, paper bags and pamphlets to name a few.  And most amazingly, I have a network of friends, neighbours and well-wishers, who unconditionally pass on the vibrant paper stash they collected for this offbeat artist.

The Making

Making paper jewelry in my studio

I use simple hand tools and no machinery in production, because my hands are usually enough. 

Paper is cut into strips and meticulously hand rolled into perfectly shaped beads.

I work with papers that have irregular designs and colors, so it’s hard to predict the patterns the beads will decide to have. So when they are finished, I’m as surprised as anybody else. And I love that suspense.

paper jewelry artist

The paper beads are given a coat of sealant to make the products water resistant, so they can be cherished forever. The beads will rest in my balcony until they are thoroughly sun-dried. They are then assembled into jewelry and decor.

(Read about our sustainable studio practices)

Making paper jewelry in my studio

I use simple hand tools and no machinery in production, because my hands are usually enough. 

Paper is cut into strips and meticulously hand rolled into perfectly shaped beads.

I work with papers that have irregular designs and colors, so it’s hard to predict the patterns the beads will decide to have. So when they are finished, I’m as surprised as anybody else. And I love that suspense.

paper jewelry artist

The paper beads are given a coat of sealant to make the products water resistant, so they can be cherished forever. The beads will rest in my balcony until they are thoroughly sun-dried. They are then assembled into jewelry and decor.

(Read about our sustainable studio practices)

Milestones

Happy and grateful to be featured in some of the most wonderful publications – online and offline.

Milestones

Happy and grateful to be featured in some of the most wonderful publications – online and offline.

"Our products have travelled to 35 countries - and each journey is a story filled with adventure, anticipation and delight."

New Designs

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New Designs Every Month

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