Video featuring Kira Sangsap of Choo 11 Studio Jewelry
Meet Kira Sangsap —
“After graduating from Bangkok University in Fashion and textile design, I moved to the USA in 2017 to begin a new life with my husband. Then we moved to Maine in April 2019 for his new career.
Maine was so new to us, we knew no one here. My first job was as a waitress at Thai 9 restaurant and a few months after that, I found a stitching position at Erin Flett’s hand silkscreen printing studio in Gorham.
After spending a year and a half saving up most of the money by working 30 hours per week at the restaurant and sewing a hundred bags and pillowcases per week. I invested the money in polymer clay and tools, with the intention for this to be a new skill that I could turn into my dream business.
It took me three months teaching myself to make polymer clay jewelry before I decided to quit both of my jobs to focus on only making quality jewelry and making it a real business.
Polymer clay is a fascinating medium. I love that it allows me to create and experiment with color, pattern, texture, shape, and form. It quickly became an obsession where I spent every single day with it. Not only working with clay but learning new techniques from reading and doing a lot of inspiration researching for my creative process. My inspiration is mostly from Art and Design. My goal is to make conversation-sparking jewelry that I get to express my passion in colors and stylishly incorporate with other media like brass, silver, gunmetal beads, or anything that would complement polymer clay. Every piece is thoughtfully designed, and I handcraft every pair in my home studio in Scarborough.” – Kira
Kira is a new 2021 and 2022 MCA member. We look forward to following and supporting her polymer clay jewelry and business! You can find her work online through her website and Instagram, but also see it in person at the Maker’s Market at the Point November 14th and 28th at Thompson’s Point in Portland Maine.
Learn more at: choo11.com
Why a video?
Maine Craft Content subjects can choose between a professional video, suite of photos or to be featured on a podcast. Click here to learn more and view completed projects.
“Video is visual content that could be shared to almost every social media platform nowadays and has the potential to reach out to a very wide audience. A minute and a half video could tell a lot about my story with or without wording. I have visualized my website having a video showing behind the scenes of my process since before I had my website done. When MCA contacted me telling me about this project, I thought I was dreaming.” – Kira
Content Creator: Hero Media Network and Cove Design Works
Hero Media Network and Cove Design Works are the same talented team of digital and print creatives that you’ve come to know as Hero Media Arts. We’re dedicated to showing you in your best light. We practice a collaborative approach and with your input, get you where you want to be. Email Michelle@covedesignworks.com to talk about your website design and build, e-commerce setup, video production, and graphic design services.
“Working with Michelle and John was a lot of fun and exciting. Michelle is very easy to work with and professional. John’s work is incredible. Not only did he capture the moment beautifully, but his video editing is also spectacular. He understood my character and created a unique video that is fun and colorful which is what I have in my jewelry.” – Kira
The Onion Foundation
The 2021 Maine Craft Content Project is generously funded by the Onion Foundation. With their funding the Maine Crafts Association provided eight Maine craft artists with new online content to support their practices, tell their stories and grow their businesses.
MCA thanks the Onion Foundation for their support of our efforts and artists as well as the many other Maine-based initiatives and organizations they fund!
The Maine Crafts Association is a 501(c)(3) which builds upon Maine’s rich craft traditions by nurturing a vibrant, supportive, inclusive craft community with educational programs and resources.
Our ability to accomplish our mission and help artists thrive is reliant on individual contributions.