HAND MADE PRODUCTS FOR YOUR HOME
Knittykittybangbang was started by Carolyn Anderson Shepherd in 2010. In 2012 Carolyn decided that life was too short and she quit her secure, well paid job to run knittykittybangbang full time. "Everyone thought I was crazy, but it's honestly the best thing I've ever done!" she says.
knittykittybangbang started out as a real kitchen table business but has grown so quickly that a proper studio because necessary and so in July 2015 the Studio at Lochlands Mill, Forfar, was opened. Along with providing a workspace and office for the day to day running of knittykittybangbang, it sells a vast array of items produced by other local and independent producers, many of whom Carolyn has met through running craft fairs. The shop also sells the work of artists, such as Carolyn's husband Craig Shepherd.
Carolyn was brought up in Orkney and left in 2000 to study for an MA in Art History and Celtic Civilisation at Aberdeen Uni. She has also studied textiles, fashion and silversmithing, and worked for a while at designer textile firm Tait and Style.
Unable to find a way to produce what she wanted using traditional techniques, Carolyn has developed her own methods, drawing from fine art, craft and even building techniques, to produce her brightly coloured statement jewellery. "I think of each piece as a painting," she says. "Each piece is different, and has elements and features unique to it, even if it's just a pair of studs!'
Carolyn has great belief in the craft industry, and its importance to women, and saw a need for professional, regular, affordable craft events to allow even the smallest business to sell their wares and get their brand out there. Knittykittybangbang presents... events now run across Aberdeenshire, as well as Montrose Makers' Market in Angus. She is also half of the management team of Aberdeen Ministry of Crafts, with Iona Hampson of Crafty Wee Birdie in Nairn,