Oggi vi presento Kim dall’Inghilterra.
le ho fatto un po’ di domande on line
e qui le sue risposte che riassumono bene cio’ che fa e come lo fa:=)
My name is Kim and I am based in the U.K. I started my business in 2015 originally creating handmade needle felted Christmas decorations from wool.
I then went on to creating Swarovski® Crystal Embellished statues as well as adding them to my wool decorations. The demand for my creations started to grow so I opened my Etsy Store www.yunikudesigns.etsy.com since opening my store it has gone from strength to strength and as I offer worldwide shipping a lot of my items have gone out to customers here in the U.K. and to name a few more U.S.A. Sweden, Italy, Finland, Australia.
One of my favourite items I really enjoyed creating was a wool sculpture for a special service dog named Sgt Caesar and his family in California, U.S.A. Caesar was bought by his owner to help him deal with PTSD and then Caesar went on to become the Mascot for 1/5 Vietnam Veterans. They absolutely fell in love with the sculpture and went on to order 7 more from me as well as framed wool portraits. While I was creating these I got sad news that Caesar had become unwell and was sadly diagnosed with heart disease. He sadly lost his fight and passed away in December 2017. As being a dog lover and owner of 2 Bulldogs and 1 French Bulldog I just knew how special these items were going to be to his owners. When they arrived they were over the moon with them which makes doing what I do even more special.
One of my best requests was for 2 Bulldog Sculptures Embellished with Swarovski Crystals. The first was a Bulldog with Embellished Union Jack on his back. These are still available made to order from my Etsy Store. The other was a one off sculpture of a White Porcelain Bulldog with Tuxedo Embellished with Jet XIRIUS Rose Cut Crystals. You can find all my current Swarovski Crystal Embellished Statues that are available in my Etsy Store.
It’s very hard to say who my favourite client is as every one of them are all my favourites and have all helped support my business, in which I appreciate greatly. Although the one client that has always remained a very loyal customer and has become a very good friend, is Rachel Bush and her two Bulldogs Hetty Roo & Brucey who I met through Instagram. She has always shown great support as well as providing great feedback & reviews for all the items she has purchased from me.
My typical day starts at 5am when I take my dogs out and then most importantly a coffee when I return at roughly 6-6.30am. This is when my work starts replying to requests, updating my shop with new items etc. packing up orders ready for shipping. All this usually takes up my morning and in the afternoon is when I begin finishing orders and starting new ones which is either needle felting or embellishing with crystals. Not forgetting all the usual day to day running of the home also.
I love the work I create and I am probably my biggest critic as I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I always put 100% into everything making sure it’s to the highest standard & quality. I take much pride in the supplies I use making sure all the wool I use is of the finest quality, responsibly sourced, conforms to EN71 standards and is from non-mulesed flocks. It is also important to me to help the planet as much as I can, making sure all the gift boxes I use are natural wood and never plastic. I try to keep plastic packaging to a minimum by using as little as I can when I have to use it and always try to use as much bio-gradable and recyclable packaging as possible. I am hoping to eliminate all unrecyclable packing and packaging in the near future and would like to take this opportunity to thank my customers for their support with this, as unrecyclable packaging is not always the cheapest.
My 2 favourite items are:
My Christmas Decorations as Christmas is very special to me and reminds me of my Grandmother who loved Christmas and Decorations. She really inspired me and if she was still here she would have been a big part of my business as this is where I get my creativeness from.
My other favourite is my Swarovski Crystal Embellished statues with my favourite being ‘’JACK’’ The Bulldog he really does look stunning. Along with my recent large French Bulldog in Tuxedo which took over 22 hours to create individually hand setting every one of the 10,000 Jet crystals on his Tuxedo. He is currently available in my shop and I will be sad to see him go when he is purchased.
I think my dream has partly come true as creating such special items for customers all over the world and hearing their feedback makes me really happy and as long as I keep pleasing my customers and making people smile is enough for me. Although If I was to dream big I would love for one of my items to be purchased by a celebrity and also for them to be stocked in some high end stores would be fantastic. This is the dream I will keep aiming for and the goal being that maybe it just might happen.
As my father always says:
Take pride in what you do, be kind always, dream big, work hard, set your standards high & most of all never give up.
Eccola è lei che ci sorride! Ciao Kim!
Ogni confezione ha il suo oggetto e viceversa…davvero tuto curatissimo…. ve lo avevo anticipato!
Io trovo il packaging superlativo, voi no?
Ecco una bella vista che farà impazzire i proprietari di bulli e in genere si animali perchè lei personalizza e crea cio’ che desiderate…
Davvero un salvadanaio elegante
Non c’è limite alla creatività di Kim