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Artisan Spotlight: Hiffycakes

First off, tell us about yourself! My name is Hifza Mohammed, I’m originally from London but moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2013 when my husband got a job here. I started attending leather workshop as a hobby and I fell in love with it. The craft allows me to be creative and think of new ways to put leather designs together.

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How did you start creating your artwork, and how long have you been doing it?

Only in recent months I have started making purses and wallets and giving them to friends as gifts. I’ve been asked many times if I make bags and when I say, ‘its only a hobby’ they convinced me otherwise.

In November I opened shop ‘Hiffycakes’ , handmade leather bags & accessories. All my collection is made in my studio in KL and each bag is designed & hand sewn using the best quality materials.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get inspired by artisans and craftsmen that are around Malaysia and beyond. It takes a skilled craftsmen to create something beautifully aesthetic and which will last for a long time, such as a leather bag.
My mother has also inspired me to design, she’s a skilled dressmaker who designs and make her own clothing collection.

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What do you love most about your craft/business?

What I love about what I do is when I get to speak to my customers and have a connection. I have been doing ‘craft fairs’ for Christmas so I get to meet them in person to talk about the collection and get vital feedback. But most of all I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Outside of crafting what else do you enjoy doing?

In my spare time, I love to read on the balcony with my current book ‘ I am Malala’. I am a keen baker and my speciality is ‘ Profiteroles’ & ‘Sticky toffee pudding’.

Shop URL:
Website: http://www.hiffycakes.com
Instagram: @hiffycakeslondon
Facebook: hiffycakes
Blog: hiffycakes.wordpress.com

 

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