Craft with a K
A new way for makers and clients to meet.
Launched in February 2014, Handkrafted is a collaboration between Fred Kimel and Phil Martin that aims to bring together craftspeople and makers.
Handkrafted’s website is the interface that allows buyers to post briefs and select the work of makers who have registered their availability to accept commissions. Handkrafted aims to make quality bespoke work more accessible by providing a platform where makers can profile and showcase their work to a market of people who want to move away from mass-produced goods.
‘Despite the growing demand for quality handmade and sustainably produced goods’, explains Fred Kimel, ‘many people feel it’s too difficult to find makers and establish trust. This is the gap that Handkrafted fills’.
There are no joining, listing or recurring fees for makers — instead a small commission is paid on projects initiated through Handkrafted’s platform. Such commissions are currently being waived while the community is being grown.
Handkrafted’s maker community is growing rapidly and covers a broad spectrum of styles and experience levels — from highly accomplished studio woodworkers to emerging students looking to build their profile.
The platform aims to benefit not just retail clients, but also commercial clients and design professionals (architects and interior designers). Handkrafted is initially focusing on Australian woodworkers and custom furniture makers however over time it will broaden to other craft segments.