Introducing Kirstin Stride Designs

Hello! I’m Kirstin and I came to Brighton 11 years ago having been lured by the sea and the North laines.

I’m have a Three dimensional design degree specialising in metalwork but I haven’t dabbled in metal work for a long long time! When I moved to Brighton I was given a sewing machine so I started making handbags and plush toys, In 2007 I left my office job and sold my toys and bags down at the West pier market for a year – I got a great tan and a taste for selling!


October 2009 I set up a bi-monthly Alternative Craft Fair called Handmade Brighton this was held at Komedia were I worked part-time. I loved running these fairs but it was a lot of work and stress for just one person. Luckily I was contacted by the lovely Lynne davis (owner of Sweet boutique shops) with an interesting idea!


So hence we gave birth to the Handmade Co-op, a non-profit shop/gallery in St. James Street. We filled the shop with artists I had met running the fairs and some new ones we discovered along the way.
After two fabulous years of fun we decided to call it a day, the shop’s closure has allowed me to refocus on my creativity.


My current Etsy shop selling my hand drawn jellewery has been open since May 2012 and I’ve been full-time self employed since January 2013. Which is so much fun- finally I’m living the dream!


Etsy have been very supportive of my work and I’d love to become active again in organising things for the creative folk of Brighton, so I thought becoming a team leader of the Brighton Etsy team was the perfect opportunity!

Find Kirstin’s Etsy shop here >


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s