ARTE’s Artists – Hearti Grub

This week ARTE has two pop up markets: Mercato Mall, Dubai and Al Hamra Mall, Ras Al Khaimah. Celebrating Halloween while raising awareness for breast cancer makes ARTE your go to place this weekend. All items are handmade – created and designed by artists and crafters in the UAE. Do not be afraid to ask for custom orders – our artists love a good challenge and you will love what they make just for you!

This week’s artist is Arti Karnik of HeArti Grub (Facebook, img_8375

Arti is a food artist who joined ARTE a year ago. She creates butter, relish, granola,  and  nut & seed mixtures that are healthy, gluten free, suitable for vegetarians and just so delicious!


Originally from Mumbai, India, Arti is a graphic designer who has lived in Dubai for 30 years. She considers Dubai her home because she went to school and University here; her first job was here; she even got married and raised her family here!


Arti has always had a passion for cooking and clean foods. Arti describes clean food as all natural ingredients, no artificial colorings, no preservatives – no nasties!


While her kids were growing up, Arti found she could get lots of healthy food in Dubai, but it was difficult to find healthy , clean snacks so she started making granola for her family. The granola was so popular with her family that it did not last long!


It was Arti’s sister who kept pushing her to expand her cooking horizons. Finally, Arti agreed and made a jar of granola for her sister’s husband to take to his office. The jar was a huge success. Everyone, who was lucky enough to try it, loved it and the orders came flying in. Hearti Grub was born.


Thanks to Arti’s graphic design experience, Hearti Grub ‘s packaging is very professional looking and makes great gifts especially for Diwali, Christmas and New Years. Imagine the joy you would feel getting a basket of these goodies for UAE National Day!


Plus, everything comes in reusable packaging so you do not need to eat it all at once although you may want to!


Of course, Arti wants her packaging to be user friendly, but a glamourous package is not as important as the delicious product that goes inside. Quality control and cleanliness are very important to Hearti Grub. Arti strictly follows the hygiene laws set for food preparation in the UAE, as well as the health standards set by ARTE for its food vendors.


Hearti Grub is a clean business and Arti is not willing to compromise her quality, taste or ingredients just to make money. She wants to make a product you can depend on now and in 10 years time.


One reason Arti loves having a stall at ARTE is all the wonderful people she meets. She loves the personal relationships she builds with her customers. She loves when someone tries her product for the first time and the joy that comes from that first taste.


Hearti Grub is popular because it appeals to everyone – Arabs, Asians and Europeans can all enjoy these delightful products! Which one is your favorite?

img_8379Next time you are at ARTE, stop by Hearti Grubs table and say hi to Arti! You’ll be glad you did!





Want to see previous ARTE artists? Check them out here.


ARTE’s Artists – Lina Suarez

Pictoresca Design by Lina Suarez

This Friday, October 14, ARTE will be popping up at Times Square Center, Dubai from 11am – 6pm. October is breast cancer awareness month and ARTE is thinking pink. Come check out the exclusive pink art on offer. With Halloween just around the corner, you will also find spooky Halloween crafts sure to put a smile on your face.

This week’s artist is Lina Suarez ( Facebook, Instagram @pictorescadesign or email :


Lina is originally from Medellin, Columbia but has lived in Dubai for 2 and a half years. She has been a member of ARTE for  a little over a year. Lina sees the artists and customers in ARTE as a community and hopes to engage everyone in  our community with her art.


When Lina first came to the UAE, She volunteered at her husband’s job but soon realized she wanted to start her own business. She wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, but she knew she wanted to pursue her artistic passion and creativity, as well as use her abilities as a graphic designer. She started by painting mugs, which she had started doing during her visit to the US back in 2012.


Her mugs were popular with friends and family and as her designs grew more intricate, she knew she was on to something.


Lena began to customize her mugs. All of her mugs are hand painted and she is happy to put sayings or pictures on her mugs for you.


Lena wanted to showcase her talents on more than just mugs so she began experimenting with fabric designing. She then had her designs printed on silk. Once she had the designs, she began making cushions


pencil cases




And coasters.


As we live in the UAE, Lina wanted to give an Arabic feel to her work, but at the same time give her work a whimsical, almost iconic feel. To achieve this, she took the Russian nesting doll and melded it with Arabic dress and her gorgeous doll cushions were born.


These cushions really reflect Lina’s optimistic and vibrant personality!


Lina also wanted to bring her love for travelling into her designs, like the cushion below. Lina is happy to exchange the picture for one of you and your family. What a great memory that would be of your time in the Emirates!


In fact, Lina is happy to design a special pillow for you like this baby cushion she handmakes


or like this one she handmade for friends.


Lina’s  creativity is never ending. She is always looking for ways to push her creativity. Here is a Mona Lisa make up case with a twist.


Lina also likes to give classes which are perfect for birthday parties or coffee mornings. She can even organize them in the craft corner at ARTE. Just stop by her table when you are at ARTE and work out the details with her.


Remember to stop by and say hi to Lina and Pictoresca Design the next time you are at ARTE!




Want to see previous ARTE artists? Just click on the names below:

Chetana Badiger (Craft Paper Nest)

Darcy (The Camel Lady)

Suzan (Glass Art – Hand Engraving)

Hollie (Phlox and Two Bunny Bracelets)

Mehwish Riaz

Natalia (Handmade Gifts)

Eva (Eva’s Cats)

Katrina (Petite Lamb)

Sharon (Shataz)

Manuella Garfia (Ever Charms)

Uzaan (Hang On)

ARTE’s Artists

Craft Paper Nest by Chetana Badiger

Welcome to October! The temperature may be cooling down but ARTE is turning up the heat with original handmade inspiration. Come to the Oasis Mall this Friday, October 7 from 10 am-8 pm on the first floor and support your local artists and crafters. This month, ARTE artists will be raising awareness for breast cancer, celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving and creating spooky delights for Halloween.

This week’s artist, Chetana Badiger is new to ARTE and her unique approach to recycled art is well worth checking out.img_8351

Chetana is originally from Bangalore, India and has lived in the UAE for two years. Ever since she was a child, Chetana has been passionate about recycling. Chetana recycles because she cares about the environment. She recycles everything – even her money box at ARTE is a recycled toffee box. Reduce, reuse, recycle is her daily mantra and it has transformed the way she sees the world, both in her personal life and in her art.


Chetana has always recycled. When she came to Dubai, it bothered her that there was nowhere to take her old newspapers so she decided to look into ways of using her old newspapers creatively.


She taught herself how to make a paper box. It was very popular with her friends and family so her husband encouraged her to follow her artistic desires and Craft Paper Nest was born.


Chetana likes to bring new and different items with her each time she comes to ARTE.


From handbags


to lamp shades


Her products are all natural and made from recycled materials. Some of her items are painted and varnished,


while others are left in their natural state.


Magazines are also used to add colour to her work.


Chetana has objects in a variety of prices and designs that will please everyone in your family. These small cupcake boxes will delight children of all ages.


In her art, Chetana thinks about design






and practicality.


In India, Chetana was a school teacher. She is planning to put her skills as a teacher to good use and is hoping to offer classes in recycled art soon so watch this space.


Do you have an idea for an object for your home? A colour scheme to match your furnishings? Chetana is willing to custom make items for you.


You can contact Chetana (Craft Paper Nest) at ARTE, by e-mail: or on Facebook.


The next time you are at ARTE, stop by Craft Paper Nest ‘s table and say hi to Chetana and her husband. You’ll be glad you did!

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