Finding happiness in art

Finding happiness in art
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/21/2019 5:43:55 AM IST

 Nzano Humtsoe

“Do not sit back and wait for others to do something for you. Make sure you keep yourself busy using skills and talent for a living which encourages self employment, no matter what people say about you” says self-taught pebble artist Iboli Zhimo

“Every one has ideas but only few can excute it... if you believe that you can make them work. You have to be willing to not just think differently, but also experiment with new ideas and trust that you’ll discover a way to make them work.”

Raised in Satakha sub-division under Zunheboto district, Iboli Zhimo who is the proprietor of LiStone Pebble Art Studio believes that it’s possible to make new things work. The youngest of four siblings, Iboli completed  her masters in history from IGNOU. Her father expired when she was in fifth standard and her mom is a retired government servant.  

Inspired by the natural resources, Iboli Zhimo came up with the idea of finding unique and creative ways of pebble art. She said she drew her inspiration from Satakha sub-division under Zunheboto district where natural resources are in abundant and highly valued. Most importantly, the nature there could inspire dreams too, the same way it inspired her.

Narrating her start-up story, she said, “ One fine summer when I was painting for my cousin’s event, I stepped on pebbles that caught my attention ,and it gave me a thought I never knew would change my life. I was given the opportunity to set up “The pebble garden” at the warriors festival organised by Regalia Entertainment Nagaland. This was my first exposure and it all went well.” The experience eventally led her to open a studio at Thakhehu, tower point. 

Iboli says that she particularly uses pebbles which are real, natural, hard and smooth.  She gets the pebbles used for her art from Tizu and Doyang rivers. 

Iboli loves creating new things out of old things. She found her happiness in making art in the year 2016, fighting the hurdles of fighting back, where not many people knew about pebble art and nobody believed she could make use of pebbles, at times she became a victim of mockery too. With less encouragement and appreciation during her initial stage, she managed to move forward with positive attitude. “Experiencing the flow of creativity, it livens up our usual experiences and I value that so much” Iboli said.

She shares that her achievement is to have people write to tell her how much they love her work. 

With an optimistic attitude, she exclaimed that there is nothing there to hold one back except themselves. “Believe in yourself, dream big, work hard and make it happen.”

Besides, doing what  she loves, she revealed that as an entrepreneur there are challenging moments at times but that motivates her to do better at the same time. Iboli also asserted that she loves to share her art with the World. 

She said that she would love to inspire people by expanding her imagination and producing varieties of arts, and aspires to be a wedding card designer in the days to come. 

Her art collection includes stone art framed and home decor. Among her collections, her favourite creativity includes “Home Decors”.

With regard to marketing, Iboli said that though market has been a challenge, both frustrating and rewarding but at the same time leading to accomplishments.

So far marketing has been good for her. She markets her products through online store, participating in art exhibitions and setting up business accounts on Facebook &Instagram.

Encouraging the upcoming entrepreneurs Iboli says, “Wake up with a purpose”.  Apart from her love for art, Iboli Zhimo loves to sing during her leisure time.   

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