Introducing Natalie from Lost Kiwi Designs!
Natalie, of Lostkiwidesigns makes the sweetest little origami creations. Her delicate jewellery is made from beautiful paper and adorns the ears of many appreciative Rummagers! We managed to interview this creative about her craft and also found out about her work as a graphic designer!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
I am a wandering kiwi with a massive love for all things paper. I have a Bachelor in Design Futures and use my skills in business and art to operate my own Graphic Design business from home. This can get stressful so I spend all of my down time making origami. I have been making paper crafts for many years but only in the past 3 months have I made it my part time job! I am excited to have increased my stall from my humble beginnings with the Suitcase Rummage to be doing as many as three markets per week! As a graphic designer, I have been looking out for my fellow market stall holders to see how they display, package and brand their beautiful creations. I’m then able to experiment and use my own stall to test my marketing skills.
Why do you do what you do?
I love every bit of what I do, yes, even the paperwork. My persuit has always been to bring empathetic design to my fellow artists but that is just my day job. I have always been an artist and have found many hobbies along the way. My hobbies have ranged from knitting to wood burning and I have run a fairly short temper for all of them, except paper craft. Origami specifically is extremely relaxing and I just love to watch Netflix and Zen.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? Have you seen Amy Owers and Forest Drawn on Instagram? Every time I see their work it takes my breath away and I know that I would never have the patience for the work they do and so I have the greatest respect for their perseverance. I have been doing a lot of work with the creative behind Succulents Corner, who is very lovely and has become a great friend through the times we share at the Suitcase Rummage.
What excites you? I get excited for adventure and the hopeless creative in me gets excited about paper. I try to book in a holiday to Japan at the end of each year so I can keep myself focused and also so I can go find the most amazing papers in the world! This year I am excited to learn the art of paper making with masters in Japan.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? I have made all of my own displays at my stall so no one will ever have my layout. I like to mix it up and try new things because without trying new things we wouldn’t grow.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? I have been at the rummage for a year and a half now and only until recently have I discovered that simple branding is everything. You want people to stop and take an interest in your work so make sure they don’t get overwhelmed. Branding helps to convey the emotion of your work without words. This is the best way to get a customer to empathise with your work.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? I am currently starting two markets every week (with the Rummage included of course!) I will be working hard in my business every day so that one day I will only have myself to answer to and can craft and adventure to my heart’s content.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? I enjoy getting an iced tea and browsing Lincraft, Riot, Daily Planet Comics and Daiso. I also like to go to the Pancake Manor to see how many short stacks I can eat! The best place in the entire city can be found with the purchase of an awesome coffee out the back of Coffee Iconic in the City.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? You will never find a friendlier mix of people and have you seen the number of people that walk through there daily? Also, I don’t drive so it is wonderfully convenient!
Where we can we find and follow you?
You can find my website at lostkiwidesigns.com
Instagram is @lostkiwidesigns
Facebook is @lostkiwibird
Etsy is lostkiwidesigns
All of my upcoming markets are listed on my website.