Needing no introduction… Kitiya Palaskas!
If you don’t know who Kitiya Palaskas is and you’re part of the Australian design community you’ve possibly been hiding under a rock and/or you’re about to get your tiny mind blown.
Ms. Kitiya Palaskas and I met one afternoon in Newtown, Sydney in 2007 to discuss the possibility of stocking some of her handmade items from her label Heartbreaker in store at Leeloo.com.au, which I did. Heartbreaker was one of the first 12 Australian handmade labels to be stocked in my little “online store that could”.
I was instantly captivated by this amazing woman, and had a hunch that we would work together on many things. Little did I know how true that would be.
Fast forward to 2012, Kit was my production support go-to lady when I was Australian Community Manager at Etsy, working on creating the massive event that was Etsy Success Sydney. That event that became my entire life over the course of the months until the event which occurred 8 years ago on this day as part of Vivid Sydney.
Kit and Renee were my pillars and they worked so hard to help make the whole event happen, with the support of the Australian Etsy gang and our larger team based in Brooklyn. It was quite a coordinated effort putting the day together, and I couldn’t have done it without any single one of them.
The band got back together again for another, more hands-on Etsy collaboration, thanks to the support of City of Sydney. For the project, To DIY For, I commissioned Kit to create a macrame pot holder project, which was filmed in stop motion.
These days, as a legendary craft-based designer, Kitiya Palaskas currently works on massive commissions for businesses that need something special in their visual merchandising, their branding or their marketing efforts.
Kit’s now an established author, content creator, prop maker, illustrator, production designer and so much more. If you’re lucky enough to catch one of her speaker events you’ll know she’s approachable and gorgeous to boot. Kit uses colour in one of the most superb ways you’ve ever encountered. If you think she sounds like a superhero there’s probably a good reason for that.
Kitiya Palaskas believes in supporting people through their mental health journey and believes in breaking down racial stereotypes. As someone who is a Thai-Greek Australian and constantly asked “where she’s from”, Kit makes sure her work is representative and inclusive.
Today we’re still working together, so excitingly, on a yet-to-be-revealed project. Stay tuned to hear what’s coming next from Kit as she continues to brighten our world with her unique artistic outlook.
Image credits: Top image features Kitiya Palaskas by On Jackson Street, We Got This felt collage for International Women’s Day, Studio shots by On Jackson Street, Quarantine Feels Sticker Pack and Monstera Plant Kit both available in Kitiya’s online shop, Set design for Alfies Children Apparel, Paper Craft for SBS TVC campaign, Paper Collage for Swatch Watch and Sticker Design for Pipsticks