HGTV Obsessed Episode 32: Rajiv Surendra

Actor and artist Rajiv Surendra joins Marianne to talk about why we should wear our good clothes and use our fine china every single day. Then, Jason Pickens, talent talks about how growing up in a furniture-making family taught him to appreciate slow craftsmanship.

August 19, 2021

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You may know him as Kevin from the movie Mean Girls, but Rajiv Surendra is also a calligrapher, chalk artist, potter, antique collector and so much more. He and Marianne chat about the importance of trying new artistries, the difference between talent and skill and what being a master of a craft really means.

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Rajiv talks about his antique collection and handmade treasures and how he uses them daily and doesn’t wait for special occasions. He goes on to share his philosophy of living with purpose and intention in our fast-paced, digital world and not waiting to use precious items like your fine china and good clothes. “The reason why a lot of these things [antiques] that I have are in perfect condition is because they were too good for someone to use every day,” explains Rajiv. "I’m not saving anything! I’m wearing my nicest clothes on a regular basis, even on an average Wednesday just going to the hardware store.”

Beginner's Guide to Chalk Art 10:34

Rajiv demonstrates how to create unique and erasable art with chalk. star Jason Pickens is an award-winning furniture designer and interior fabricator. Jason has furniture-making in his roots; his family owned a small furniture workshop in rural Alabama. He talks to Marianne about how growing up in a maker environment taught him to appreciate the building process and slow craftsmanship. He also talks about the value of bespoke furniture and shares ways on how to source unique, handmade pieces.

The Work Around 46 Videos

Jason explains everyday chores like how to use to hammer to clever hacks such as how to unshrink a t-shirt.


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