Kelly Weston of ResinExpectations lives in Farnham, and sells her products in our Camberley shop, as well as in our online shop at www.craftcoop.co.uk .
1. Tell us about your background
Having grown up in South West London, I moved to Farnham to attend university. I graduated with a degree and masters in Design Management, but moved away from the subject and moved into the hospitality industry. Twenty years later, and in a job I was being treated badly in, I turned back to crafting, and my hobby in resin began. A few months in, I decided to try and sell my makes starting with markets, closely followed by renting a space with the Craft Coop. ResinExpectations is now an award winning business achieving the #shophandmadehour and #Queenof Steampunk Gift titles.
2. Take us through the steps in making one of your products
The resin I use is a 2 part epoxy, which once mixed will cure into a solid product. The process really does depend on the product I am making - a design on a wooden box is made face up, but in a mould the design has to be made in reverse. The best thing about working with resin is the range of inclusions, from colour pigments to botanicals and so much more.
3. Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from many areas. I get ideas and botanicals from my garden and dog walks in the woods. I love History, and Rock/Metal and Alternative music genres, so it makes sense for me to target people with similar interests in the darker quirky styles - skulls, dragons and steampunk.
4. What's your favourite thing to make?
I find it really hard to narrow it down to just one item. Any time I find a new colour combination, or something different to include in a make, or a new mould there's a chance it will be my favourite.
5. Tell us something we may not know about you.
In addition to what many consider alternative music taste, I also have a number of alternative pets - I keep reptiles and amphibians.