Introducing Rebekah of Kunoichi Creations!
What’s the story behind your company?
Kunoichi Creations combines a love of mythology and fantasy with crafting. In early 2011, I started creating items inspired by some of my favorite fantasy/science fiction games as well as mythological concepts, spurred on by my love of archaeology and ancient religions. Since realizing that interest in my creations goes beyond close friends, I began selling on Etsy, at craft shows and renaissance faires, as well as, most recently, in physical shops, expanding my product lines from elaborate wire-wrapped jewelry, including elf ears, ear cuffs, necklaces, and earrings, to crocheted creatures and tissue paper flowers. I discovered a passion for transforming the fantastical into reality through my products, and after many attempts, I’m finding more and more ways to get that enthusiasm out there to share it with more people.
What inspires you?
Most of my inspiration comes from mythology, whether it’s ancient legends or modern fictional media; I’ve always enjoyed reading about ancient religions (it’s no surprise that I went to college for Archaeology), and I love being able to create products that reflect that obsession. Many of my first ear cuffs were influenced by the incredibly rich lore in the Elder Scrolls games. With some of my more recent jewelry, I have started drawing from ancient mythologies, particularly those of Mesopotamia and the greater Mediterranean region.
What is your favorite product to make?
When I first started selling my jewelry, my first creations were wire-wrapped elf ear cuffs. Those are still my favorite, as they seem to lend themselves more easily than other mediums to fantastical concepts and random whims, which explains why ear cuffs still comprise the largest portion of my offerings.
In your opinion, what’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?
Freedom. I love being able to utilize my creative impulses to make beautiful things, without restraint (other than time and money, of course). I still have a day job where most of my decisions are really made by other people and I can’t always do what I want, the way I want, even when it would improve or simplify the process (I’m in web development–I have to answer to multiple supervisors and clients).
If you were to start all over again, what would you do differently?
I probably would have saved myself some (mostly small) inconveniences had I experimented more with materials and certain parts of my design process at the beginning. I became a little obsessed and gave full rein to my ideas for different styles before focusing in on a basic, stable design, so some of my earliest concepts didn’t really work out.
Any advice for other entrepreneurs who are just starting?
Keep going. It takes a tremendous amount of trial and error to succeed, and though there may be times when you think you’ll fail, you have to believe in yourself and keep trying.
What’s next? Any plans for the future?
I’d like to start designing full costumes, in addition to jewelry and accessories. I’ve made a few over the years just for myself and friends, but I have so many ideas I’d like to turn into reality and I think there’d be a pretty good market for fantasy costumes that follow the themes of some of my products–particularly my more popular, ostentatious jewelry.
Name: Rebekah / Kunoichi Creations
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