This is the sign on the front brick post of my Dad’s family home in India. Pretty amazing (look at that font!) for over a hundred years old.
Hi, I’m Joya. I am a mom to three young boys and married to my college love. I have always been a creative person. As a child and throughout my early adult life, it was expressed through a love of painting, sewing, cooking, decorating and handmade gift giving. In recent years I became a designer and started a company. Most of my time was dedicated to this business, being that it was a one-person operation. You can read about it here, and shop limited items available from my joyababy collection here. It was a great success and I learned a lot about taking an idea and making it into something big.
As an artist and mom, I have recently been inspired by my family and the activities within my everyday life, and freelance to turn ideas into art. I spend most days encouraging my children to create and explore alongside my projects. We collectively love art, nature, reading, culture and sharing meals together. Sometimes it seems I am cooking or planning meals all day long, because I have two boys with multiple, severe food allergies and I focus on creating healthy meals for them daily. You can read in detail about our Food Allergy Story here and here. I look forward to sharing at Rajovilla.com as I add to my creative portfolio of projects and journal.
Rajovilla is the name of my father’s family home in India. It is an old, architecturally rich home that has housed generations. My visits there enveloped pockets of time in my childhood where my parents, three sisters and I were all together from dawn to dusk. This is where we renewed our relationships with grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles that we would see once a year, and where we also rekindled our connection to each other. Togetherness is my first memory of that family home. We even all slept in the same large room, side by side in our beds.
Rajovilla was a place where all of my senses were awakened. I was enchanted by the familiar smells and taste of spices coming from the kitchen and a visual kaleidoscope of colors like a turquoise spiral metal staircase, the tiles in the bathroom, the woven tapestry on the sofas and the artwork on the walls. The sounds of foreign tongue surrounded me in music, television and family. We were secluded from the bigger city, reliant on our own musings, and as a child I soaked it all in. I wrote about it through the years and painted reminders within the pages of my journals about the visits to India.
Within the pages of Rajovilla, I plan to share the pockets of time in my family’s life where we awaken all of our senses to the beauty and creativity of meals, art and life together in our home.
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I am always open to new opportunities for freelance work, design or other projects. To see examples of my work, click around my portfolio and journal. Projects I have worked on in the past have included custom watercolor illustration, custom invitations and stationery design, styling, photography, DIY tutorials, product design, birthday party planning/crafting, handmade gifts and working as a contributing blogger. I also have much to share regarding food allergies, how to detect them in infants, elimination diets and meal planning.
Any questions, just send me a message.
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