Critters by Kym
My name is Kym, and "Critters by Kym" is my alter ego. As a hobby in my spare time I make quirky critters out of fabric and stuffing and felt and ribbon and buttons and everything in between. My critters are sold to family and friends, and occasionally taken to local markets. And now I have a Facebook page too!
My critters are handmade on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. They are my creations, my brain download, my de-stress mechanism (even though accidental pin stabbings during construction can be quite stressful).
I make a wide range of animals from many different types of fabric, and also take on special requests and commissions. Each one of my critters has their own personality and character, and because they are all handmade each one is unique and made with love.
I also happen to love a challenge; there is nothing I will not attempt, so bring me your crazy critter requests!
How long have you been making Critters?
About 4 years now. My Mum taught me to sew when I was in primary school, and I have been sewing ever since. My husband bought me my first sewing machine of my own about 10 years ago (a little Pfaff Hobby). I have used this machine just about every day since!
How did you get started?
I made my first critter for fun about 4 years ago from a sheep pattern I fell in love with on eBay and it was a rainy weekend. It was so cute I made another, then another, and pretty soon I had a collection. I then started creating my own patterns, and have had a few market stalls with my creative mum (she makes things from bamboo), and it has grown from there. I now have critter customers all over Australia, and a few of my babies have even made it overseas to America. I am constantly challenged and inspired by my family and friends to take the critters to the next level.
What is your greatest inspiration?
Hmmmm where to start.... Firstly I would have to say my Mum (and Dad) for always encouraging all my creative pursuits! Next would be fabric! I love the way different fabrics look when stretched or cut a different way. As such, rarely are any two of my critters the same. And in terms of critter inspiration, you just can't go past nature itself in all its fabulous, outrageous, flamboyant, quirky, freaky fabulousness!
What is the greatest challenge to owning and operating your own business?
My biggest challenge is time! My head is full of critter ideas and just not enough hours in the day to put them all on paper/fabric some days! I work full time during the week, leaving my nights and weekends to get my critter on. Although i must admit to occasionally dreaming about fabric and trims and eyeball placement during the day.... And I'm a perfectionist.
What is the best thing about owning your own creative business?
Exactly that - the creativity! There are no rules, just your imagination. Each of my animals has been handmade with love and attention to detail, and just a little bit of crazy. My critters are guaranteed to be unique, each with their own personalities.