Kawaii Collectibles from The Netherlands

Leiden, South Holland



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About KiyoArtCrafts

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Hello, and welcome; it's lovely to meet you (:

My name is Kiyo, an artist based in The Netherlands and the creator of the Kawaii Friends; available as cute handmade needlefelted collectibles looking for a home, and illustrated for printed goodies.

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Mijn naam is Kiyo, een artiest gevestigd in Nederland en de maker van de Kawaii Friends; verkrijgbaar als schattige verzamel objecten handgemaakt van vilt die op zoek zijn naar een thuis, en ook geïllustreerd voor geprinte goodies.

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  • Kiyo

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    Kiyo is an artist based in The Netherlands who has been fascinated with Japanese culture since she was a teen, and especially loves their whimsical, kawaii styles. She works with Needlefelting to create her collectibles, and Photohop to illustrate (:

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Last updated on Jul 14, 2021
Frequently asked questions
What kind of wool and materials do you use?

Bio-friendly Merino Wool is my felting wool of choice for all my creations; it’s incredibly soft and comes in a range of 60 wonderful colours. Aside from felting wool, some details on my dolls—like eyes and small props—are made from either plastic, wire, metals or wood.

If a Kawaii Friend has been adopted, will it one day come back in stock?

I'm sorry, in most cases the answer is no. Because I offer my Friends as one-of-a-kind collectibles, once they're sold, they're no longer available. The only ones exempt from this rule are my Keychains, which are usually made to order at this moment in time. However, I do enjoy revisiting my other designs from time to time, so a similar looking kind of Friend may return to my shop in due course.

How long does it take to create a Kawaii Friend?

The time spent on each Friend varies on its complexity, ranging from one to several days. Using felting needles—that come in various gauges for rough shaping till the smallest of details—hundreds upon thousands of stabs go into the creative process as I build a Friend from a fluffy poof of wool into its own little character.

Do you have tutorials on how to make your Kawaii Friends?

No, that I do not (: I do, however, show frequent work-in-progress shots on my social media, and for a view behind the scenes I upload time-lapse videos on my YouTube channel that give a peek at my creative process.

How do I take the best kind of care of my adopted Kawaii Friend(s)?​

You are sure to enjoy my collectable Friends for a very long time if you handle them with care.

• Keep your Friends displayed away from direct sunlight to prevent the fading of colours.

• Every Friend can be picked up, gently handled and shown with ease, but it is important not to pull and/or tug at elements like fur, hair, limbs or decorations.

• If your Friend's fur gets a bit mussed or flattened, which handling can do over time, please note that it’s not recommended to brush your Friend with a comb or brush; doing so will cause fibres to detach in patches. Instead, use your fingers by pinching your thumb and index-finger, and gently tease the hairs back into their original, wild style.

Can I give these Kawaii Friends as a children’s present?

My Friends are collectibles and ultimately made for display reasons, yet every child is different, so to answer this for everyone is a hard thing to do. I do my best to make my Friends able to withstand gentle handling, but they will not last if treated like a regular toy. In general I advice that they are not suitable for children under the age of nine, as, next to wear and tear, eyes, limbs and other accessories can become detached in time and turn into a definite safety issue.

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