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My name is Kitiya and I am an Australian craft-based designer, author and speaker with a multi-disciplinary practice. I specialise in prop and installation design, content creation, and activations, focusing primarily on using handmade techniques and traditional craft methods re-imagined in contemporary ways. My work is characterised by its bold colours and quirky themes and has spanned the retail, music, advertising and publishing industries. I am also the author of Piñata Party, a craft book published by Hardie Grant and available in Australia, the UK and the USA.
I enjoy sharing my experiences and ideas on the topics of maintaining handmade skills in a digital age, creative wellbeing and forging niche career paths and have been engaged to present at a variety of national and international conferences including Adobe Make It and Altitude Summit. You can book me to speak here.
I am passionate about advocating for more open dialogue around wellbeing issues and how they can affect the lives and careers of creative people. In 2018 I founded Real Talk, an online wellbeing project for creatives. Through a series of blog posts and a curated e-newsletter, we share original articles, stories and resources from all over the community with the aim to empower you and help you lead your best creative life.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
After finding myself in multiple social situations where I had no simple response to the question “So, what do you do?” I coined the term ‘craft-based designer’ as a way to make it easier to explain! Basically, everything I design and produce is hand made using craft methods and techniques. Often these are traditional techniques that I have put my own contemporary spin on to create something fresh and unique. This could include anything from building a vibrant piñata for a shop window display, sewing a costume for a music video, or cutting and pasting a felt collage for a print advertisement.
WHAT IS A CRAFT-BASED DESIGNER?
HOW MANY PEOPLE MAKE UP YOUR TEAM?
Just one, yours truly. Everything I create is painstakingly designed and made by my own two hands from my studio in Melbourne, Australia.
I don’t discriminate! My designs have spanned the paper-craft, soft sculpture, embroidery, textiles, collage, and woodworking realms. My favourite materials to work with are felt and paper, and lately I’ve really been enjoying working on projects involving oversized jumbo props. I’m always eager to try new things and experiment with different craft-based materials so if you’ve got a unique idea in mind, let me know.
WHAT MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE?
WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
This can vary from project to project depending on the brief and techniques required, as well as how many projects I’ve got on the go at any one time. Producing beautiful, hand crafted, high-quality design outcomes for my clients can take time, as making something by hand is a detailed and elaborate process. If you’re interested in commissioning me for a project I would recommend getting in touch at least 1 month prior to your deadline so we can get the ball rolling with enough time for me to create something amazing for you.
As can sometimes happen though, last-minute projects do pop up, so if you are racing toward a looming deadline and would like to engage my services, please get in touch as soon as you can and we can chat about what is possible.
HOW LONG DOES IT USUALLY TAKE TO COMPLETE A
CRAFT-BASED DESIGN PROJECT?
WHERE ARE YOU BASED? DO YOU TAKE ON INTERSTATE/INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS?
My studio is located in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a zipper factory. It’s a pretty great place to have as my HQ! And yes, I most definitely do take on interstate and international projects – in fact I love getting these sorts of opportunities. Depending on the brief and timeframe, I can organise for my design work to be carefully packaged and shipped to you, or where needed, can travel to you so we can work more closely on the project together.
This all depends on the scope of the project brief, the timeframe, and the materials required for the job. Give me a holler with your project idea and I can come back to you with my rates card and a detailed quote for my services.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
WHAT SORT OF UPDATES WILL I RECEIVE IF I SIGN UP FOR YOUR NEWSLETTER?
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Yes! I love doing this, though at the moment I have to prioritise paid collaborations over passion projects. In any case, if you’re an artist that is interested in working with me on a project, do get in touch and we can discuss what’s possible.
DO YOU COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ARTISTS?
I'M NOT A COMMERCIAL CLIENT, CAN YOU DESIGN/MAKE SOMETHING FOR ME?
WHERE CAN I FIND YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
A Pair and a Spare
Inside Out Magazine
Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival
Oh Happy Day
Splendour in the Grass
The Australian Museum
The Daily Telegraph
The Sunday Age
Westmead Children's Hospital