kissadesign

Modern Handmade Christmas Ornaments Tree Toppers Decor

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Note from shop owner Kissa Design Star Urchins™, modern paper handmade Polish star ornaments, as seen on the cover of the December 2019 issue of HGTV Magazine; in Coastal Living, The Wall Street Journal, Bust Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living; and on Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, and HGTV .com and more! All work independent artisan handmade by Kathleen in Michigan, USA.

For Press and other inquiries, please contact me via www.kissadesign.com . Cheers to 2023! Kathleen.

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Last updated on Jan 3, 2023

Kissa Design Star Urchins™, modern paper handmade Polish star ornaments, as seen on the cover of the December 2019 issue of HGTV Magazine; in Coastal Living, The Wall Street Journal, Bust Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living; and on Apartment Therapy, Design*Sponge, and HGTV .com and more! All work independent artisan handmade by Kathleen in Michigan, USA.

For Press and other inquiries, please contact me via www.kissadesign.com . Cheers to 2023! Kathleen.

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Hundreds of Thousands of Points: About Kissa Design and her "Star Urchins," from the Artist

Jeżyk or "hedgehog" ornaments are a traditional form of Polish folk art, a paper craft that dates back beyond 100 years. This style of ornament making became popular on and off during the last century in the United States, where they became known as porcupine ball ornaments, perhaps through a twist of translation to reflect our own resident spiky animal (there are no wild hedgehogs here).

To me, in a more modern context, they looked like stars or sea urchins, so I called them Star Urchins™, which became my unique product brand name. I have been making them for most of my life. My mother learned to make them nearly six decades ago, and she, in turn, taught me how to make them during the Christmas holiday season when I was a child, as a way to connect me to my Polish heritage. I reintroduced them to a new generation of artists and crafters on a larger scale via the internet when I began selling them here beginning in 2009. The interest has been astounding.

As the popularity of my creations grew, a new meme caught on, and these ornaments are now most commonly referred to as "Polish stars"; various forms can be found across the web. (I do not yet offer a tutorial for my ornaments, and please note that any tutorials or derivative works currently online do not reflect or represent my work, nor my techniques.)

My work has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers and blogs, and has found happy homes with scores of collectors. I've sold thousands of pieces, shipping them across the globe. And by now, I have made in the hundreds of thousands of points, all by hand! My expansive line has included ornaments (including my signature hand-glittered Sparklers, and recycled newspaper, book and magazine ornaments), tree toppers, place card holders, magnets, stemmed flower bouquets and more, to be enjoyed as modern folk art, on or off the Christmas tree, any time of year. Each is handmade by me, in my Michigan USA studio, to keep the heart and soul and beauty within this traditional family craft. Please help spread the word about independent-artisan handmade and original modern exploration of traditional art forms. Thank you, sincerely, for your support.

Enjoy, from my home to yours,
Kathleen.
Kissa Design

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    Owner, Maker, Designer, Artisan

    This shop is the result of my experimentation with a cherished family tradition, a handmade paper Polish folk art ornament called a jeżyk, or hedgehog, due to its spiky form.

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
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Welcome! I'm Kathleen. Kissa Design is dedicated to creating well-made and thoughtfully designed handcrafted goods inspired by my hands-on connection to the earth through gardening and my family's many crafting traditions. All items in my shop are handmade by me in my Michigan USA studio.

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My paper Star Urchin ornaments are based on a traditional Polish star ornament, often called a porcupine ball (from the Polish word jeżyk for hedgehog), that I first learned to make from my mother when I was a child and that my family has been making for more than sixty years. I began offering them online over a decade ago, under my unique brand name, Star Urchins™, with the goal of reviving an interest in them and expanding their use to a functional and decorative realm beyond the Christmas tree.

It has been so meaningful for me to see the recent resurgence happening around this long-established folk art craft. I hope to inspire those of you who wish to explore this art form and that my passion for my craft is apparent in each piece that I create. Please note that any online tutorials do no represent my methods or techniques, which I have perfected over many years. Any of my images attached to such tutorials or DIY pages have been used without my permission.

Learn more about me and my work at www.kissadesign.com

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