Cuttlefishlove

Hi, I'm Emily, and I run Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi, and also make every single petal of my kanzashi flowers with my own fair hands!



Since setting up Cuttlefishlove Kanzashi in May 2011 my kanzashi have been featured in Rebel Magazine UK and exhibited in Brighton Museum and The Fishing Quarter Gallery. I've taught kanzashi workshops at Brighton Mini Makers Faire, Deaf Diaspora (in BSL - British Sign Language) and for Cascade Style (who I've also designed 3 exclusive upcycled collections for!).



I came across kanzashi several years ago, when I was planning my wedding, and thought they were the most beautiful things I'd ever seen! I was stunned by their delicateness and intricacy, but knew I'd never be able to find the time to make them as I had a long commute and a tiring job.



Then disaster struck, I hurt my back at work and was left with chronic low back pain, something that I still struggle with. Stuck at home, unable to work, I felt like my whole life had fallen apart.



I really wanted to take control of my situation, and turn it around so that my life was about being a joyful, interesting person again. I knew I needed something to fill the long hours at home sick with, and I remembered kanzashi. I started to make them (not very well at first- my first ones didn't even look like flowers!) to fill the time, and found it very satisfying.



Eventually I realised to my disappointment that I would not be able to return to my job. Then I saw I had a possibility for self employment staring me in the face- my kanzashi!



Through making and selling my kanzashi, I've found lots of wonderful friends in the Brighton community of local artists and makers and discovered a passion for kimono wearing and collecting, which I now blog about!



I really hope that your love of kanzashi takes you somewhere exciting and beautiful too!

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Please read the description of the item carefully (especially the sizes) before buying.

I take every precaution to ensure your kanzashi is perfect and reaches you in tip-top condition.

If you order an off the shelf piece and you change your mind about your order, then you are entitled to a refund within 7 days of delivery. In this case, you must return the item and if there is no fault with the piece then the buyer pays the postage fees.

For bespoke and custom items I will send you a photo of the piece before posting, so you can request any changes before I post. I cannot give refunds on bespoke or custom pieces unless there is a fault with the item.

I will refund any faulty item up to 4 weeks after delivery. I will refund postage costs and pay if the item needs to be returned. You can contact me for a repair or replacement of a faulty item, up to 6 months after delivery.

Please let me know if you have not received an item. I obtain proof of postage so I can show you this and if the item does not turn up I will resend or refund the item.

Caring for your kanzashi:

My kanzashi are make from silk and delicate materials. They should not become damaged during normal wear, but take care with them, as you would with any soft and delicate item- they will get squashed if you sit on them!

Keep kanzashi away from rain and water.

Please transport your kanzashi in the box it comes with, or it may become misshapen.

If your kanzashi does suffer a misshap you can 'plump' the petals by pushing the point of the petal towards the centre of the flower.

Please message me if you want more detailed advice on caring for your kanzashi!

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I ship from the UK, within 2 working days for items that are already made up. I use Royal Mail First Class to ship within the UK. Larger UK orders will be sent by MyHermes (a courier)

Many of my items are made to order, in which case refer to the listing for delivery times. Most items take 1 week to be made, and some more complex pieces take 2 weeks.

I also ship internationally, via Royal Mail Air Mail which estimates delivery time at 3-7 days (this is not guaranteed though).

I recommend that if you are buying from outside the UK and need your kanzashi by a specific date that you check the Royal mail Incident Bulletin to see if there are any delays in delivering to your country. http://www.royalmail.com/customer-service/international-incident-bulletin

If you would like your item sent tracked, insured, or signed for, please message me and I can give you an updated postage price.

All my kanzashi are packaged in a sturdy postal box with tissue paper and packing pellets to protect them.

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