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Kitiya Palaskas is an Australian craft-based designer with a multi-disciplinary practice. She specialises in prop and installation design, styling, art direction, creative workshop facilitation and DIY content production; focusing primarily on using handmade techniques and traditional craft methods reimagined in a contemporary way. Kitiya’s work is characterised by its bold colours, kitsch themes and humorous nature and has spanned the retail, music, advertising and publishing industries. Her clients have included Warner Music, Sportsgirl, Lego, Easy, ANZ Bank, Peter Alexander and Lily Allen, amongst others. As a compliment to her design practice Kitiya also produces a playful product range of quirky accessories and homewares, available in her Gift Shop.


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?

Art direction
Styling and prop sourcing
Prop design and construction
Set design and construction
Installations
Imagery/illustration
Creative workshop facilitation
DIY project content production

Check out the design, workshop and DIY sections of this website to see examples of my services.

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 warehouse that I share with 8 multi-disciplinary creative people. 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 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?

Signing up for my mailing list is a great way to receive updates on my latest projects, upcoming workshops, recently published DIYs, and new products dropping in my gift shop. Newsletter subscribers will also receive exclusive gift shop offers and be the first to hear about special KP projects. I hate spam, so I promise to only send you quality, interesting content and not clog up your inboxes with multiple emails. To join the club, enter your details at the bottom of this page.

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?

I love working with all sorts of clients, so please get in touch with any commission ideas you may have. 

My product range is available through my gift shop or at various markets throughout the year (join my mailing list to find out when these are happening). 

WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR PRODUCTS?

WHERE CAN I FIND YOU ON SOCIAL MEDIA?


CLIENT LIST

Akubra
A Pair and a Spare
ANZ Bank
Broadsheet
Cocobella coconut water
Commonwealth Bank
 

Crafttuts+
Craft Victoria
Etsy
frankie Magazine
Hunter Products
Inside Out Magazine
KFC

Kikki-K
Lego
LifeInstyle
Lily Allen
Madison Magazine
Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival

Mimco
Obus
Oh Happy Day
Pozible
SBS
Splendour in the Grass

Sportsgirl
The Australian Museum
The Daily Telegraph
The Sunday Age
Warner Music
West Elm

Westmead Children's Hospital
Wolfmother
Woolworths