POP INDIA


POP INDIA offers vintage kitsch and curios from across the seven seas! Nutmeg travels the world to scout out the most fantastic vintage finds for her friends on Etsy. Right now, she is in India; future destinations include Vietnam and Russia!

Tell me about how you originally got interested in vintage goods.
My passion for vintage started when I was a very wee girl, spending a great deal of time in my Grandmother's musty old attic. I would spend days pawing through old trunks of photos, dresses and other sundry articles, imagining the marvelous stories each of them had. I remember a particular love for old photographs, and my love for them continues to this day; one of my first gallery exhibitions involved old pictures and the stories I'd written about the lives of the people in them.


What will we find in your shop right now?

Right now I'm really jazzed about my restored vintage marionettes. There's not much of a vintage craze here in India , so people often scrap their old treasures. I found a great big lot of wooden marionettes on their way to becoming firewood, which was a fate I couldn't bear to see. I rescued the lot, then researched the traditional way of puppet-making so I could restore them perfectly. I used only vintage materials to give them their new garments and native powder-pigments for paint, trying to preserve their shabby chic as closely as possible.

For those who want exotic vintage on the cheap, I have loads of kitschy-cool vintage school posters and fantastic Pop Art pulp novels under $5. A great way to brighten up even the most humble flat with a sea breeze of colourful India!

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I'm wild about German philosophy and French films. When I'm not haunting ancient temples or making sketches of sacred rivers and chuckling holy men, I'm curled up with a book in hand in one of my favourite little tea-shops above the bustling bazaar, or on the sunny back porch of the traditional Indian house which we're restoring.

Another passion of mine is just wandering about, watching the world world'ing and seeing what I can see. I'm an avid people-watcher, and I like to venture into places here in India where the average foreigner might not go; the bath-houses where the rickshaw drivers drink endless chai (sometimes spices with a little tipsy something) and crack bawdy jokes, or the burning ghats on the Ganges where families bring their relatives who have passed for their cremation ritual. The world is such a vast kaleidescope of colour and beauty, and I love every minute of it!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
The time zones are different over here, and trying to be online when my Western friends are has played hob with my sleep cycle! It's okay, though; I've always been one to keep odd hours.

Sometimes people are worried about having things shipped from so far away, so let me reassure you; I send all my orders wrapped very securely, first in cool pop-art ephemera, and then in good ol' sturdy packing paper and padded or boxed as need be. I send everything by registered air-mail, which will bring your goodies to you in an average of two weeks, covered in neat Indian postage!

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I'd be totally thrilled if I got the huge Tuberculosis educational poster in Hindi, or any of the fun anatomy charts available in my shop

I really dig the whole creepy-cool aesthetic, and these are so different from the stuff I saw back home in the States.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I knew I'd be an artist from the moment I had a concept of what it meant to be one - even before that, actually. My papa was one of the original punk rock musicians and took me on tour with him sometimes in Europe, and thus my love for music and travel was born.

My life has been an ever-unfolding exploration of different artistic mediums; a few years' stint in opera, a lifelong love-affair with the stage, a couple of little gallery splashes, and these days (when I'm not acting as a purveyor of exotic kitsch) my passion is for avant-garde art and installation. I just got a new sewing machine and have been working on East/West fusion styles, which will eventually appear in my etsy shop.
My husband (a classical pipe-organist) and I both dabble in photography, too. Our photo prints have their own shop on Etsy, nutmegclicks.etsy.com

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Right now I'm really into Dirty Bird Vintage, and featured her on my blog recently. This lady has impeccable vintage style and offers a wonderful variety of terrific threads at a good price. She's definitely my first pick for when I need my Western-frock fix...hey, a gal can't wear a sari all the time!

For the wee ones, check out Dame Star Baby for fabulous hand-screenprinted duds for the under-10 crowd. I have a whole list of things I'd love to score for my wee one.

Hop over to the lovely Surrender Dorothy for the queen of all vintage ephemera, as well as some funky home-decor finds!

An artist who recently caught my eye is Free Rider. His shop is small, but shows a wonderful talent and for funky, contemporary design, take a peek at alyoisius.

What does your future hold?
More travel to be sure! My husband and I have just landed a deal for our photography book of vintage handpainted advertising signs, which will bring us and our camera to North India for a spell. Afterward we have an itch to see Nepal again, then maybe back to the States for a quick visit to show off our daughter to her grand-family. On the way back we'll stop in to visit our dear friends and their new baby in Shanghai, then on to Vietnam.

Farther down in the spyglass we see Russia and another trip to Turkey, to show our little one where she spent her first few months of life. Too, we're thinking of adopting another child from one of these lands to live in our little nomadic nest.

Mr. Nutmeg plans to finish his current novel in the next year, and I have too many projects to name in various stages of inception. Other than that, we'll be seeking fun and adventure wherever we may be!


Travel to POP INDIA via Esty or pop-india.blogspot.com. You might check out her library too while you're at it!