Meet The Maker – Twin Made and KA Graphic Design

 

Todays Meet the Maker post brings two Cardiff local creatives, varying in makes and style but both equally full of colour to make your day that little bit brighter. 

 

Twin Made 

 

meeee - Ed PeacockOur first maker, Charlotte of Twin Made has had a pretty busy year; moving studios setting up the wonderful O Dan creative hub alongside running her very popular and sell out workshops: 

“We run Creative Workshops from our colourful studio in Cardiff. From Dungarees to Macrame and much more!”

 

Charlotte is a full-on crafting queen and is constantly seeking out new ways to share and be creative, so no wonder when we asked her what craft or trade she focuses on she couldn’t pick just one! So, we’ve decided that she will just take the crafting crown for all her hard work.

 

What inspires your creativity or craft?

Politics, podcasts and people!

 

IMG_20190730_135643_871 - Ed PeacockWe love that Twin Made gets its inspiration from pretty much every corner of society and from interacting with their customers, friends and pretty much everyone they meet. But we’re a little curious what podcasts they listen to. 

When we asked Charlotte what skills or techniques she needs to help run her business her humble answer was the skill to teach others. We think this is a bit of an understatement as her products and classes definitely require a flair for creativity and colourful, not to mention the patience and passionate ability to host closes for every level of customer.

 

This time last year, Charlotte was hosting her classes and shop in two containers in The Bone Yard based in Canton; however, since then she has upgraded to a much larger space a little closer to the centre of Cardiff. Meaning there’s plenty of space to host larger classes or rent out space for other creatives to get involved too.

 

TwinMadeChristmasBunting - Ed PeacockWhere did it all begin and where do you see yourself going?

From a bedroom in Roath nursing a broken heart to a colourful, inclusive and accessible studio for all.

Like many small businesses Twin Made was born out of hardship, self-motivation and strength to push past various challenges, it’s rewarding for us to hear that Charlotte is looking to grow her business into an inclusive space to share the joy of making. We hope that this is something that comes into fruition soon and that we’re front row to some of her wonderful new classes. 

What is your favourite thing about EML? 

Meeting fellow creatives in Cardiff.

IMG_20191028_083205_445 - Ed PeacockLuckily for Charlotte, at the top of her wish list is the wonderful lightning bolt clocks from Fizz Goes Pop, a fellow CaVEtsy Stallholder at this years EML.

When Charlotte’s not busy creating, running workshops and generally being a queen of craft she likes to unwind with a cheeky nap on the sofa. That’s right, power naps all the way people!

 

 

Charlotte’s favourite products to make are her DIY kits. How can we resist the idea of making one of her sparkly bum bags, especially now that we can make them from the comfort of our home in our PJ’s. If you can’t wait to see what Charlotte will have to install for Etsy Made Local this year why not head over to her Etsy page, equally go and check out her Facebook and Instagram pages for more workshops and creative goodies. 

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KA Graphic Design 

Our second maker is the lovely Kirsty of KA Graphic Design; a digital designer who makes countless amounts of cards, prints and stationery to keep us well-stocked throughout the year. We are sure you’ll find a couple of products to fall in love with at her stall at Etsy Made Local. 

 

CF97268B-73FB-4D1A-B3DF-FF015112E1E0 - kirstyalexander247@yahoo.co.ukLet’s start it off easy. Tell us a little about yourself and your business.

Haia, I’m Kirsty and I’m a freelance designer, on the side of running around in a theatre full time in beautiful Caerdydd. Bit of a Greys Anatomy addict, and big fan of cheese and a cocktail or two. I mostly create cards and prints, but also wedding stationery, branding and other print design. Full of alcohol puns, festive knitwear and sarcasm, there’s a card for everyone because who doesn’t like surprise post?

 

We’re pretty smitten with a few of her cards, particularly ones that encourage a little birthday tipple and a wiggle. 

106AA82A-BFA3-4F91-9FE1-19F546BF6CE5 - kirstyalexander247@yahoo.co.ukKirsty takes creative inspiration from various quotes or whilst browsing around town. But, Like most of us also keeps a steady supply of tea and treats nearby to help burn the midnight oil;

“Snacks and cups of tea are essential for productivity! I love a browse in stationery shops as well as exhibitions, and I tend to roll with quotes which have either touched a nerve or make a lot of sense!”

 

What skills or techniques do you need to create your products?

It’s all computer-based, so I spend a lot of time looking at a screen!

 

We asked Kirsty how her year has gone and what she’s mostly been focussing on:

“This year has been quieter as I took a break for the summer to make the most of the weather and seeing lots of lovely people at home and away. However, my cards are still stocked in a lovely shop in Penarth as well as a few projects in the pipeline so it’s all peachy.”

We’re so glad that Kirsty is managing to keep a healthy work-life balance whilst juggling both her full-time job and side hustle, not to mention how excited we are to hear what she has in store for 2020.

B17B949A-FAE8-445D-8EDC-3784E18A81EB - kirstyalexander247@yahoo.co.ukOne of Kirsty’s favourite makes has to be her wedding stationery; knowing that her designs are being used as part of someone’s big day makes for a more meaningful connection to her customers.

 

 

 

What is your favourite thing about EML?

The people are LUSH! The other makers and sellers are all lovely and it’s great to see everyone’s hard work selling to lovely folk! 

At the top of Kirsty’s wish list is some of the wonderful Rhian Kate Makes Jewellery, a fellow CaVEtsy seller and stallholder at this years EML, we’re sure Kirsty can be found taking a cheeky break and browsing a few of Rhian’s lovely necklaces or rings. 

 

197F5AA9-8A9D-410A-9135-6689807A18BD - kirstyalexander247@yahoo.co.ukWhere did it all begin and where do you see yourself going?

I studied graphic communications in university when I first moved to Cardiff and would love to be stocked in the high street stores one day. Juggling between full-time work and a small business means it’s probably going to take a little longer than hoped! 

 

When Kirsty’s not busy working in theatre or running KA Graphic Designs she loves to unwind with friends at shows, gigs or outdoors: 

“…Love going to shows and gigs, but anywhere with friends to distract from the screen and the to-do list! The beach is also high on my go-to list when the weather is in my favour…”

If you fancy grabbing a few cards before they sell out head over to her Esty store or take a nosey at her Facebook and Instagram spaces for more colourful and quirky wonders. 

 

Come join us on the 30th of November, 10 am-5 pm at Cardiff City Hall for Cardiff and Valleys  Creatives 5th Etsy Made Local. For more information head over to our team’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages and show your interest on our Facebook event page.

 

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