All You Need To Know About Artisan Crafts By Kenzo
Artisan Crafts by Kenzo is a passion.
After finding myself needing a wheelchair in 2016, I found I needed to find a creative outlet to replace what used to be an active life. Artisan Crafts by Kenzo is one of the things that helps me to stay mentally active and passionately in touch with that inner creative spark.
Each item is hand made by me with love in a smoke free environment. I use GOTS Certified Organic Cotton because I want to help to protect the earth, protect the animals, and protect my customers from the harsh chemicals otherwise used in the processing of yarns. Saying that, there is one section that uses ethically sourced 100% Alpaca Wool.
Normally I don’t use wool as I want to offer products that are vegan. However, I know where this wool has come from, I have met the Alpacas and I have known the owner for several years. The Alpacas were bought more as pets, they were not bought to be part of a vast breeding project for money. The Alpacas have enjoyed freedom of movement being in large fields, they have been grass fed and treated more like family than anything else. They needed clipping, so rather than all the wool being wasted it has been morally, ethically and professionally cleaned and spun but not dyed; I believe sometimes we have to draw a line between veganism and wastage!
I was fortunate enough to get hold of some of this beautiful wool, so this is a limited edition – when it has gone it has gone. In this section, I am using mostly GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and the Alpaca Wool together to give it an ultra soft feel which is not harsh or itchy on the skin, the organic cotton also gives it more body; the blending of both yarns offers unique items of exceptional quality.
I Aim When Possible to Use Supplies that Meet the Following Requirements:
- GOTS Certified Organic Yarn (I only purchase yarn that has the GOTS Certified Symbol on it)
- Fairtrade and
Supplies such as buttons, ribbons etc can’t always meet all of the above five requirements.
We hear a lot about fairtrade and addressing the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. Fairtrade enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives, but that is often related to farmers etc in poorer countries.
I also need a fairtrade for my work, I am a skilled artisan, much of my work takes hours, it is a specialist market. But much of what can be handmade here in the UK can also be handmade overseas for less wages, so it has become common practice to buy overseas from poorer countries where the wages are very low, import the goods and then sell those same goods at a much cheaper price, whilst many handcrafters, many artisans here in the UK are left to the side because they need a decent wage for their work.
The minimum wage in the UK for an unskilled person is, as I write this, £8.21 per hour for those aged 21 and over. I am skilled and I only charge £12.50 per hour, I don’t have paid tea breaks or paid lunches, that £12.50 is for one hour of solid work. I don’t have perks or paid holidays, I don’t get a company car, I get a modest £12.50 per hour.
Artisan Crafts by Kenzo is a one man band
It will take time to build up my collection of artisan crafts, so if what you want is displayed, it means I have one in stock or I am just about to complete one. I never have more than one in stock and I often create one offs, so if you see something you like, please buy it when you see it because I may not be crocheting another one.
So……….. I welcome you to Artisan Crafts by Kenzo and encourage you to come back often to see what new items I have added.
Until then, walk in love and may you always find peace within – Kenzo
Purchasing A Product
At the moment, all of my products are available through the website, in the future, I would like some of them to be available through a small outlet. If you would like to purchase a product that is available through the website, please use the contact form and please write the Product Code in the space provided. If you would like to purchase a product that is available through an outlet (when and if that happens), please use the contact details provided on the product page.
Due to my time and mobility limitations I do not take custom orders. If an item is on the website then I have one in stock or about to be completed.
With hand crafted items, know two products will look exactly the same which ensures you will always have a uniquely designed, GOTS Organic, hand crafted item made with love from Artisan Crafts by Kenzo.
Postage & Customs
Royal Mail Aims to Meet These Time Scales:
UK: Royal Mail Second Class Signed (3 Days) – £4.00 (Up to 2kg)
UK: Royal Mail First Class Signed (1 Day) – £6.50 (Up to 2kg)
USA: Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed (5-7 Days) – £13.50 (Up to 2kg)
Canada: Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed (5-7 Days) – £13.50 (Up to 2kg)
Cayman Islands: Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed (5-7 Days) – £13.50 (Up to 2kg)
Australia: Royal Mail International Tracked – (5-7 Days) – £14.00 (Up to 2kg)
Processing Time: 1 Working Day – Dispatched From: UK
Please be aware that buyers are fully responsible for any customs and importation taxes that may apply and that I am not responsible for delays due to customs.
Wherever possible I use recycled outer packaging.
For anywhere else, please contact me for a quote.
Until Further Notice:
Artisan Crafts by Kenzo
is offering FREE POSTAGE world wide
to the value of £14.00 – any additional postage costs will be added to your invoice.
Returns, Cancellations Etc
Unfortunately, I don’t accept cancellations or exchanges. If you need to return an item, please ensure you contact me within 5 days of receiving it and please ensure I have received it within 14 days of you receiving it.
The following items are NOT returnable:
- Customized Items
- Intimate Items
- Sale Items
- Digital Downloads
Please be aware that you are fully responsible for the cost of the return postage and that proof of postage is NOT proof of receipt; for this reason and to protect both you the customer and me the seller, I request that any returns be sent via Royal Mails Tracked and Signed for option.
Refunds will only be given if the item is in its original packaging, is unused and in the same excellent condition it was sent. If the item is not returned in its original condition, or if it appears to have been used, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value which is to my discretion.
Should you need to return an item, you will need to pay any customs and / or importation taxes for them coming back into the UK.
However, I hope that there will never be any reason for you to return your uniquely designed, GOTS Organic, hand crafted item from Artisan Crafts by Kenzo.
If there is ever an issue with your product, please contact me.
Caring For Your Purchase
- Hand wash with care in cool water with a mild detergent
- Machine wash on a cool delicate cycle in a laundry bag with a mild detergent
- Dry flat for best results
- Heat can cause organic cotton to shrink!
Please be aware that hand crafted items can vary in size and shape. Ensure you read the information below and the information on the product description page. It may also be a good idea to measure a similar item that you have in order to compare the sizing.