The first time I came across Arma Glass' little workshop at Nettle Market, I was like a moth to the flame. And once inside, it was like heart eye emoji x 1000000.
I am totally fascinated by the way Sarma uses harsh, industrial materials like glass and metal, marries it with natural objects like mini succulents, feathers and dried leaves to create art and vessels with a handmade, organic quality.
I recently spent some time at the shop, chatting to the lady behind the glass about business and life. And making her solder stuff in super slow motion. Repeatedly.
What are you working on at the moment?
Oh I have a few things on the go. There is a new series of work that include lights and candles holders, and I'm working on a different glass work technique called lamp working. In addition, I have a few opportunities to work on some big designs for various venues around London - all to be revealed in good time!
Describe your aesthetic.
21st century Victoriana glass.
Do you remember a moment when you realised this was what you wanted to do for a living?
There wasn’t a particular moment, more a series of thoughts and ideas that lead me to the world of stained glass and terrariums. I've always made things and learnt how to cut glass from my mum (who also a glass artist) and fell in love with plants when I moved to the city. So it all grew from those interests and habits and voila, Arma Glass was born!
Tell us about the name of your business.
Hmmmmm, it's just a play on my own name - I dropped the S and it stuck. As a result lots of people now call me Sarma-Arma…I suppose I was asking for it.
What’s been your favourite commission to date?
There have been a few that I loved making, but my favourite so far was the Laura Lee shop window in Covent Garden. I had great fun playing about with different shapes and sizes, and the end result looks great. So if you find yourself on Monmouth street go and have a look.
What’s your favourite creative resource?
There are so many! I often go to galleries and museums, the cinema, walking about London, the woods, the beach, poking about in friends' studios, books, old sketch books, and if I don’t seem have enough time to get out, a stint on Instagram can help.
What’s next for Arma (and Sarma)?
Carrying on in my workshop/shop; I'll definitely be there until Christmas making work, running workshops, updating my Spotify playlists, and drinking coffee. I have also been working on collaborations including a long time collaboration with Kana London, a ceramist based in Dalston, and I am looking forward to working with Lisa Harker (another local illustrator) soon. All in all, very happy to be busy!