Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
My name is Kima, I was born -and was living until last year- in Barcelona. We (my boyfriend and our kiddy boy) became so tired of Barcelona which is mainly a place to visit but not good for living as everything there is focused on tourism. So, last year we moved to Santander a calm city (sometimes extremely calm) in northern Spain. Everything is more relaxed here and nature is close by so it is good for us and especially our son.
I have studied graphic design and illustration but as it happens many times, one ends up working in completely different things (I have been specialized in selling cigars). Now I have taken off from all this and have focused on doing the things I always have liked to do, a fact that makes me very happy. I deeply call everyone to try to do the things they like or at least try it, it really makes you feel nice.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
At school I always loved to draw and paint. A memory that I still have from when I was 7, is of a snail made of clay with a hole in the middle that served as a candle base. I painted it silver and was proud of it but my teacher thought it was bad and I still wonder why..
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
My inspiration comes from the materials themselves, the fabrics, the colors the drawings and the ornaments etc. The materials make me visualize the idea I have for a creation. I am fond of most japanese styles in craft making as i am of comics, illustration books for children, nature and life itself.
What are your favorite materials?
I like to experiment with all sorts of materials but without doubt felt is my favourite one: I like to combine it with fabric and other materials.
What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists on Etsy?
Through Etsy I have discovered fantastic people with extraordinary talent. Actually I learn everyday by browsing the Etsy world, I can spend many hours discovering something new and there is a huge amount of works that are just awesome.
Why should people buy handmade?
For sure all things handmade, have nothing to do with mass production, I think that actually things go so fast (especially consumption-wise) that it is necessary to create unique things that have that extra value of care and detail which can only be offered through handmade things.
What features/services would you most like to see on Etsy?
I like Etsy the way it is. As I see on the blog there is constant innovation which means there is a great team behind. That`s really encouraging for all of us that are part of it. On a user level maybe I would like to see some tool to organize the favourite items/ sellers because it often happens that you want to check back something great and it is hard to find it.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I like to spend time with my family and go out for a coffee (and ice creams now in summer), help my boy with his Lego constructions, surf the net, cook, eat, read..
Read any good books lately?
Lately I have been into Saul Bellow’s Herzog, I have been reading Bolaño, and want to re-visit Proust’s In Search of Lost Time something I started many times but never finished.
In ten years I’d like to be…
In ten years I wish me and my family are healthy, living in a Greek island eating souvlaki every day or in Japan visiting a spa every day.