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Kawsar is an intuitive crafter, creating beaded jewellery, candles, wax melts, and whatever else sparks her imagination, from her home in Western Sydney. Inspired by fantasy and her family, she shares her creations under the brand Kokolakshan, to encourage others to be confident in themselves and their own sense of style

17 September 2021

Designer Spotlight: Kokolakshan

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Intuitive crafter inspired by fantasy and family, Kawsar: ‘I love that handmade products bring together creative communities’

My Name is Kawsar and I am the founder and designer at KokoLakshan. I create handmade jewellery and accessories and have somehow also branched out to candles and soaps. I started making jewellery back in 2018 to disconnect from the rollercoaster ride that is life and immediately fell in love with the process of losing myself to colours, textures, and various tools to create beautiful pieces of jewellery.

Beaded bracelets with silver heart charms by Kokolakshan

My creative journey began working with beading designs and has expanded to working with resin, polymer clay, soy candle wax, soap bases and so much more. When I was thinking about transforming my designs into a brand to share with other people it was important that my ideologies were reflected in my business.

Intuitive crafter inspired by fantasy and family, Kawsar: ‘I love that handmade products bring together creative communities’

I wanted KokoLakshan to encourage people to be confident in themselves and their own sense of style. I want them to strive for their best self in whatever way was valuable to them and I want them to look and feel fabulous while doing so.

Kawsar designing a beaded bracelet from her home in Western Sydney: ‘I wanted Kokolakshan to encourage people to be confident in themselves and their own sense of style’

Finding out about the Madeit platform was such a vital opportunity to help me transform my hobby into a business. I started listing on Madeit in April 2020 and was inspired by the fact that they promote fellow Aussie creators and businesses. At times it can be hard to stand out against a global market.

Kawsar’s hands at work in her happy place: surrounded by beads and some of her jewellery creations

I love that handmade products bring together creative communities via different events and platforms. The way that each handmade product is a work of art in its own form. It also helps that the creative process can be extremely meditative.

Beaded necklaces in a mix of crystal, stone, and glitter beads in pastels, neutrals and even glittering metalics: ‘The Kokolakshan designs are heavily inspired by fantasy and imagination’

The KokoLakshan designs are heavily inspired by fantasy and imagination. I love to read fantasy stories and am currently reading a few by some local Aussie authors. The magic, romance and passion they explore ignites some new ideas for my designs and draws me back to creating each time. My inspiration also comes from my family, it is their positive feedback and excitement about my designs that has kept me creating over the last few years.

Mosaic jars, essential oils, and various other bottles await their turn on the table as Kawsar mixes hot wax for her handmade candles in the background

I have been blessed to have the support of my hubby, who helps with my product photographs as this is definitely not one of my own strengths and often use my mum and sisters to help try out my new candles and soaps.

Adding essential oils to melted wax to create Kokolakshan’s scented candle range

I create my pieces from my home in Western Sydney whenever I’m not working on health projects or hanging out and acting silly with my lovely family. My creative process involves completely losing myself to my imagination and my crafting tools. I’ll often pick a type of jewellery or accessory that I’m interested in making and rummage through my crafting supplies to bring out a few options to work with. When I think more about the design I often start with colour- what colours am I drawn to? What colours would look nice together?

Kawsar pours scented wax into glass mosaic vessels; ‘Sometimes the imagination can go beyond my crafting skills but with each new design I develop and improve new skills’

I’ll work with an idea in my head to piece everything together and make changes along the way. Sometimes the imagination can go beyond my crafting skills but with each new design I develop and improve new skills.

A Kokolakshan hand-poured scented candle in glass mosaic vessel, complete with blue heart wax melt at the centre

Like most creators, the biggest reward for my work is when another person is excited to buy and wear my designs. There may also be a little happy dance afterwards.

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