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featured handmade seller interview: Kylie Findlay from bySAGEdesign

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Hi, time for me to introduce another wonderful handmade artisan – this time its someone I have been online store ogling for a couple of years so I’m extra excited – Kylie from SAGEdesign a talented designer and creator based in Australia. I find Kylie’s work is beautifully detailed, yet at the same time captures simple pleasurable moments to create and keep happiness with you always.
bird lights by bySAGEdesign

bird lights by bySAGEdesign

Introduction:
My name is Kylie Findlay and I design and make decorative homewares products for bySAGEdesign.
Where did your creative journey begin?
When I was born I think! I have always enjoyed being creative in varying degrees – as a child, in school and as an adult. There have been significant points in the journey though and going to uni to study Visual Art a few years ago was one of them as it became the starting point for bySAGEdesign.
girl on a swing

girl on a swing

What kind of things excite and inspire you?
I get very excited by other people’s artwork.
I am also inspired by life and memory… people and our connections with each other and other living things. Interaction, emotion, expression, love, hope and human refection in nature.
I am drawn to simple design and things that look pretty. I am one of those people that judges a book by the cover and chooses a bottle of wine because I like the label!
earring tree bySAGEdesign

earring tree bySAGEdesign

What is the most difficult creative challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it? (or are you currently tackling it?)
I think being creative and making artwork is all about overcoming challenges. So there are constant challenges! One challenge I am faced with in my business is limited time. It takes time to create work… time to experiment, to reflect, to absorb… it is hard for me in business to allow myself this kind of time without feeling frustrated that I am wasting time. I am constantly reminding myself that this is a necessary part of my creative process.
little boy nightlight

little boy nightlight

What dreams do you have for the future of your creative business?
Wow… what dreams don’t I have ha ha!? I have lots! I guess the basic one is to continue to create, grow and evolve, be inspired and hopefully also to inspire others.
Find more about bySAGEdesign here…. and Kylie has generously offered 15% off coupon code: STARRY (valid until the end of July 2013)
Thank you Kylie, it has been a pleasure “meeting” you after being a fan of your work for so long, I wish you every happiness and success on your creative journey!
ornament bySAGEdesign

ornament bySAGEdesign

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Featured Seller: David Wright from Bare Hands Personalised Jewellery

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It’s time to meet another very talented and fascinating member of the handmade community, this time I’m introducing you to David Wright of Bare Hands Personalised Jewellery, so I hope you enjoy this feature and show David and his wife some wonderful support.
David of Bare Hands Personalised Jewellery

David of Bare Hands Personalised Jewellery

I’ll let David introduce himself in his own words:
Hello, we are Bare Hands Personalised Jewellery from the northern suburbs of Perth and are a  husband (mostly) and wife (sometimes), fairly new,  small business,  making items of jewellery from Fine Silver (99.9 %), mostly personalised – which can mean names stamping / messages, finger foot and hand prints  but more recently exploring more non-personalised ways to be creative with the silver making process. Yes you may think it odd for a male to be messing about in a studio getting in touch with his creative and some might say ( and have ) feminine side – but hey ho – its good for the soul! I also am a professional tiler and work 7 shifts a fortnight with guys with autism. In my spare time (what’s that ?) I spend time with my two lovely boys and enjoying playing saxophone.
Where did your creative journey begin?
I got the idea of taking this particular path from my sister in the UK who runs a similar, quite successful company ‘Lucy Locketts’ and originally thought of setting up a franchise of that, over here in WA. After thinking about it and googling for a teacher or course, we found someone very local offering the exact thing we were looking for, did it and never looked back – which was just as well remembering back to  some of the first items that we made! We’re also exploring the possibility of glass beading and have booked a course – silver and glass can look great together.
a sample of David's wares

a sample of David’s wares

What inspires and excites you?
Hmm I’m a true believer that there is a greater intelligence at work constantly, and if we allow ourselves to trust in it, then inspiration and  creativity can flow freely without the need for too much thought – I certainly know this to be true with music. I like to let the customer provide inspiration for their own piece as obviously every customised item is different – its certainly exiting when it comes together and you get good feedback from the customer.
handprint jewellery

handprint jewellery

hand stamped jewellery

hand stamped jewellery

 

What is the biggest creative challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it (or are you currently tackling it?)

Pricing is a constant challenge, a battle of getting a balance between affordable and competitive yet making it worthwhile, please tell me I’m not alone here! (No David, not alone, I can hear the sighs of empathy rolling in from readers across the globe) Sometimes I just think ‘sod it’, its worth $X and I’m not selling it for any less. When people see a price sometimes, the natural reaction is ‘HOW MUCH!?’ but any small business owner would be able to give you a list as long as their arm about hidden expenses / time and not to mention for us , the price of silver. Sometimes I feel like explaining the whole process that goes into, for example, our miniaturised hand and footprints, stamped onto silver. I’m sure some people think we have a little elf that we summon whenever needed, to give us a quick dance and place his hand and feet into the silver for us.  At a market once, I was explaining that we not only offered fingerprint jewellery but hand and footprints too and pointed to a pendant I had made with our sons prints on, to which she replied in all seriousness  ‘Nah, their hands aren’t that small’

personalised fingerprint jewellery

personalised fingerprint jewellery

 

What dreams do you have for the future of your creative business?
I’d love for what we offer to grow to the point where our products become somewhat of a ‘brand name’  even if it’s just locally – just like people talk about other brands to us when sharing our excitement in what we’re doing. I think the key might be to be unique, remain true to yourself, have faith and anything is possible – you just have to create it. My sister and I remember a quote that goes something like ‘some people look at a rock and see a rock .. others see a cathedral’
personalised jewellery is a great way to show your love

personalised jewellery is a great way to show your love

How to connect with Bare Hands Personalised Jewellery and David:
Although I’ve only been on Etsy a few months, it looks like a great medium for being amongst like minded sellers and we also have a facebook page www.facebook.com/barehandspersonalisedjewellery – which has a back catalogue of items we have made in the past.  One awkward aspect of making everything to order is that you never have anything for display purposes as it goes out as soon as you’ve made it. You may notice the same names cropping up on some of our items – names of very patient family members who see pictures of something that they’d love to be wearing, but never actually receive!
I’d like to thank you David for being willing to be featured and sharing the beginnings of a very exciting journey into handmade, and wish you every happiness for the future.

Please Meet: Jenny from Kitchen Aromas, handmade soy candle artisan

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I know it has been a long time since I’ve featured a handmade maven on the blog but I hope you will agree, that this will totally make up for that! I would love for you to take the time to meet Jenny and see her wonderful handmade creations.
Strawberry Shortcake scented candle by Kitchen Aromas

Strawberry Shortcake scented candle by Kitchen Aromas

Introduction
Hi my name is Jenny and I run Kitchen Aromas, creating deliciously scented soy candles.

Where did your creative journey begin?

I have always had two passions in life – animals and the enchanting world of fragrances….from beautiful roses, to cooking, to incense or the sweet smell of the Australian bush, scents can move my emotions like nothing else.

As I’m sure is the way with most handmade businesses, Kitchen Aromas was all started by accident!  A few years ago I ordered my first “DIY candle making kit” from a store online just to give something new a try.  In the package I received, along with all the ‘usual’ scents like lavender, there was an ‘Apple Pie’ fragrance.  At the time I didn’t even know it was possible to make a candle smell like food! (well, other than the plasticy, lolly type scents you sometimes see – erm…Ive never smelled a strawberry like that..)  So I set to work and created my first ever soy candle.  Once I had sampled that scrumptious scent, the idea for Kitchen Aromas was born!

I began scouring the internet and craft stores for fragrances that made my mouth water, then, I went a step further and started mixing some of my own. I used trial and error, each time bringing them closer to my childhood memories of aromas that would drift out of my Mum’s kitchen.   The idea of soy wax appealed to me above paraffin wax due to environmental and health factors.  I have a dog who is highly allergic to many chemicals, so natural soy seemed like the perfect option to me.

pumpkin bread scented candle by Kitchen Aromas

pumpkin bread scented candle by Kitchen Aromas

What kind of things excite and inspire you?

The moment a “recipe” for a new fragrance starts to come into my mind, I become ultra excited, and consumed by getting it just right!  I love hearing new suggestions from my customers too.  My business vision is first and foremost family orientated – food is so often something that people see as a comfort, a reminder of happy gatherings and family time.  Being able to bring a scent to them that triggers those memories is very important to me.

aromatic gingerbread scented candle

aromatic gingerbread scented candle

What is the most difficult creative challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it? (or are you currently tackling it?)

There are always a million challenges in making the perfect soy candle!  There are so many websites that can give you a step by step guide….but you quickly discover that for each step there seems to be 5 things that can go wrong.  One of my biggest challenges at the moment is dealing with the Perth heat – candles setting in 40 degree heat end up looking like a chalky, holey mess!  So my candles are only made way after the sun goes down, in the (slightly) cooler nighttime breeze.

What dreams do you have for the future of your creative business?

At this stage I’m focusing on building Kitchen Aromas into a brand that people know and trust.  Something that my customers would recommend to their friends and family without hesitation.  In the future I would very much like to open a small brick and mortar shop in the Perth Hills, where I live, while also continuing to sell online to other parts of Australia.

chocolate chip cookie candle by Kitchen Aromas, etsy

chocolate chip cookie candle by Kitchen Aromas, etsy

You can connect with Jenny and Kitchen Aromas through the following links

www.kitchenaromascandles.com

www.facebook.com/KitchenAromas

www.twitter.com/KitchenAromas

Blueberry Cheesecake scented soy candle, Kitchen Aromas

Blueberry Cheesecake scented soy candle, Kitchen Aromas

I hope you will show Jenny and Kitchen Aromas your wonderful support and join me in wishing her the very best for a fulfilling, exciting, and amazing creative journey as she grows her dreams and spreads her wings. Thanks, Jenny, for allowing me to feature you and your beautiful creations and photography.