Friday Feature - 02.06.17

As part of our Meet the Maker series on our blog, we have created Friday Feature. Every Friday we will feature a team member and their Etsy shop, to give you a quick glance behind the scenes and discover more about our diverse team members.

Friday 2 June, 2017 - Ant Design

Name: Kashmira Jhaveri

Location: Kingston upon Thames, South West London

Etsy Shop: antdesign

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I've lived in London for 19 years but grew up in Hong Kong. When I moved to London I went back to college to study graphic design during which time my 2 babies were born (couldn't have done it without the support of a very understanding partner!) After qualifying I started working with SMEs. I diversified when I discovered paper cutting and now run Ant Design Gifts full time. My hobbies? I love walking with my dog Gus (a very soft cockerpoo) and dream about cooking new recipes every week but never seem to ever get around to it! I also belong to a book group that has now been going for about 15 years!

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED ON ETSY?

Etsy was the perfect platform for me when I started making paper cuts. I wasn't sure how well it would go, so it was an affordable way to start. I love that anyone on this planet can sell through Etsy and people from all over the world buy from me - I have shipped to exotic places like India, China, Dubai and as far as New Zealand. The challenges are always the same - the ever changing mystery of how to appear on the first few pages of the search function (any tips welcome please!)

Personalised baby paper cut

Personalised baby paper cut

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN/MAKING PROCESS:

More often than not, I get new ideas whilst walking my lovely dog Gus. I try an allocate a day a week to develop these designs. The rest of my time is taken up making the orders I receive and I do the framing as well. A couple of years ago I started making gold foil prints and cards and have started incorporating the gold foil within my paper cuts too.

Gold foil print

Gold foil print

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

I know this is a classic answer but it's so true for me - working doing what I love on my own terms. I have been able to develop my business whilst bringing up my two children and also being a support to my parents. It's meant many very long days especially when I first started, but it's been worth it!

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU JOIN THE TEAM?

I can't actually remember when I joined the team, but I do remember joining to be part of a community close to me. Etsy is so big and it's good to connect with people who live close by.

To find out more about Kashmira follow her on social media:

Facebook: AntDesignGifts

Instagram: @antdesigngifts

Twitter: @antdesigngifts