after-hours crafter :: Kikay Designs
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Monique and I'm the designer and creator of handbag label Kikay Designs. I work fulltime 40 hours a week and I hope that someday I'll be spending, not just after hours, but more time doing the things I love in my small studio here in Sydney.
Can you explain your craft/art and the materials you like to use?
I'm a self taught artist. I love art and I like to incorporate this into my craft by designing one of a kind bags mostly in bright and bold colours. I always believe that if it's worth doing, it has too be done right. I am very particular with the materials that I use, from fabrics to threads all the way to the humble notions such a D-Rings.
How long have you been creating and how did you get into making handmade goodies?
It all started when my daughter had the idea of making her own clothes. So I bought her a sewing machine. This idea only lasted 2 weeks and so the brand new sewing machine was left gathering dust in the corner. One day, I decided to give it a go, so I designed a bag and taught myself to sew. This was in Autumn 2007. I sold my first bag online in June 2007.
How do you juggle work & crafting/managing your business?
At first, I wanted to do everything all at the same. But then I realized that I am not a superwoman (duh!). So I learned to slow down and take it one step at a time. I guess, knowing your priorities is a good start.
Do you have any advice to other workers who are wanting to start creating handmade goodies?
If you love and enjoy what you're doing it will show in your creation. If you created something that you are proud of, put it out there. It's the only way to find out if people will like your handmade goodies. Just keep in mind that not everyone will like your product. Some people will criticize it and others will love it. You can't please everyone but I always believe that if I make something with love, somewhere out there, there's this one girl who will be proud to own a Kikay bag!