Sasha is the creative behind Bukiyou Designs a gorgeous polymer clay business which is constantly growing all things lovely. She talks to us about where she is taking her business, exciting new materials she’s found a love of and how she prepares for a Rummage! A very enjoyable read!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
I’m Sasha! I run Bukiyou Designs. Initially it was just a polymer clay earring business but I have been slowly expanding into new mediums.
If there was a fire at your house (knock on wood) and you could save 3 things, what would they be?
My chunky wombat dog, Baxter. As many books as I could carry and my engagement ring that I never wear because I am terrified I will lose it!
Can you share some details about your most recent project?
I’ve fallen in love with embroidery and have started posting some of my pieces on my Etsy store. I really enjoy doing abstract embroidery more in the same vein as my earring designs.
What kinds of ideas and things are you working on at the moment?
I’ve been experimenting with resin recently. I also feel like the brighter the better right now!
Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?
My wife and I would love to have a small shop front based around Bukiyou someday. Imagine if a gallery, boutique and a pub had a baby, that’s our dream!
Please describe the space where you do most of your creating / spend most of your time?
I have a small studio/office at my home. You’ll either find me off at my little desk nutting away or sitting in the sunshine doing embroidery.
How do you stay in the groove?
I’m not too sure that I do stay in the groove haha! I’m a bit of a hermit.
What tools (physical or digital) do you find yourself using repeatedly?
My dremel drill. I couldn’t live without it!
What excites you?
The potential for the future. 2020 has been rough, but I feel like it can only get better from here. I can’t wait for markets to resume and to come out of hibernation.
Who would you have over for your ideal dinner party and what would you serve up?
Tom Robbins, Chuck Palahniuk, Poppy Z Brite and Irvine Welsh. I would have to go for sushi and sashimi. I live for Japanese food!
What is success, how do we measure the ‘the good’ we do?
That’s so hard to do. I find for me that success is me being content, happy and proud of what I have made or achieved. Not just how much money I have coming into my bank!
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own?
I’ve always loved vintage suitcases but since starting rummaging my collection has gotten much bigger. I love to do a pre market set up at home and pick which suitcases I want to use.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage?
I do a lot of markets but find the suitcase rummage to be much more intimate than most. I also love how well curated the market is, there are so many unique stalls!