McKraken Workshop

McKraken Workshop

What inspired you to start your work?

I have always had a love for fantasy and in particular for armour. After a year of study in practical effects I stumbled onto a video on how to make chainmaille and from there I was hooked. I began making jewellery and costumes at first simply for fun and as a way to express myself but as my passion grew and I realised that other people were enjoying what I make I decided to start selling my work through my online store and through carefully selected markets. Now there is barely a day that goes by where I don’t have my pliers in my hands for at least a part of the day!



Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?

I have pretty much taken over the double garage in my house and made it my own sprawling creative space that allows me to make more than just jewellery. I can build large maille based costumes or just move workstation as I need.



What do you love most about your handmade business?

There is a certain relaxing zen to sitting and weaving rings and scales together, slowly watching my creations come to life ring by ring that I truly enjoy in its most simple form. But I think what I love the most is when someone comes to me with their vision and I can work with them to make a piece for themselves or their loved ones. There is a real thrill when they receive the finished product and you hear how much they enjoy what you have created.



What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?

The new format! I think it will be an awesome was to showcase my jewellery and myself as a designer as well as allowing me to interact more with people.



What has been your biggest triumph to date?

It really has been a great year of steady growth for me with massive leaps in my own confidence.





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