Monday, October 19, 2015

Monday Maker : Kumihimo Designs experts - Lesley and Wal from Offbeat Designs

Who hasn't heard of 'French Knitting'?

Well how about French Knitting WITH BEADS! Pretty clever.

One of the trademark features that make 'offbeat designs' easily recognisable.

Let's have a chat with Lesley:
Hi Lesley, firstly would you say you were creative as a child?
No, I wasn't.

Well you certainly are creative now, how would you describe your work?
I love to create distinctive designs. We also welcome Custom jewellery as well as Repairs and Workshops.

How has your work evolved since you started?
We started off with simple techniques, which we then constantly refined and updated by studying the work of successful designers.

And by participating in workshops at the Tucson Bead and Gem show.

Kumihimo Bracelet

Do you sell online or on etsy?
Not yet, but we intend to do so.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I'm always inspired by Creative design and Innovative use of colours and materials.

Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of your creative process?  
Yes, we use some Vintage beads dating from the 1940’s

Describe your studio?
We enclosed our balcony to create a secure workspace totally devoted to workshops and a workroom.
One of our Workshops in progress

 Do you have a favourite thing to make?
No, I just love to make anything that appeals to my creative fancy at the time.

How did your business name come about?
It is the same name we originally used for our interior design business – before the jewellery bug got us.

Where do you see your creative journey taking you in the next 12 months?
Our redesigned website with our new product range should be up and running.

And we are also excited about our new branding. 

Do you have a top tip to others wanting to break into the handmade/creative market?
Study your craft, pick a direction, then go for it.

Describe your typical creative day?
Simply put, Chaotic !

Do you have a favourite quote?
-  “ Jewellery can change an outfit more than anything else.  TRANSFORMATION, PUNCH, 

INDIVIDUALITY - is why you should wear jewellery”. - Iris Apsel - ( Famous New York Designer )

French Knitting Beaded necklace
What is your favourite handmade item that you have bought?
An original African Feather Headdress

Where can we find you online?

How long have you been a member of BrisStyle?
About 12 months

How did you find out about brisstyle?
We did some workshops for Tracey from Side Street Vintage and Tracey recommended Brisstyle to us.

Why did you become a member?
It was an excellent fit for our business - designing and making jewellery, and teaching.

And lastly, my favourite question that I love to ask everyone, Why do you craft?
Because Design is our passion.

Thankyou Lesley and we look forward to seeing both you and Wal at a Brisstyle market soon.
Anita x

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