Hi everybody! Hope you've had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I'm sorry it's taken me this long to let you all know what's currently happening.
Many of you may know, I moved house at the end of Last November which put a massive hold on all of my commissions/work. You may not be aware but during this time I was working 20-30 hours per week on top of University from 10-4 5 days a week, which meant my entire life was pretty much on hold. This is my little update of what's happened over the past few months and what you should expect from me in the near future!House Move
I'm fully moved in to the new house, and only recently have I got my workshop back up and running with all of my supplies, tools and a desk. Everything is back in my room now, and although it is much smaller than my old workshop, I not have a separate bedroom instead of both of them being lumped together, which should help me separate my work time and free time, which will hopefully result in more dedicated work time and more relaxed free time.
However, due to my working I had other people help me pack up and move my stuff. I gave strict instructions on how to care for my stuff, however my parents decided to ignore these and consequently much of my fur storage has been damaged with creases and wrinkles in the fur.
This will impact what I will be able to offer for a while and what I can catch up on, as I'll need to find the money to source new fur to replace what was damaged. More on this in my ''When will commissions resume?'' section.Work Catch-up
My first steps for getting back into my working groove is to catch up on everything I have outstanding. I've already begun catching up, but we shall have to see how I manage over time. I'm still catching up on my backlog of university work too, which means I can't dedicate as much of my time to my fursuit work as I'd like. If I owe you anything, please feel free and do not hesitate to give me a buzz and let me know - my organisation system went out of the window in the lead up to Christmas. However, my current priority is 100% catching up on outstanding commissions and University work.When will commissions resume?
Commissions were set to re-open as soon as I caught up with my outstanding work. I'm working on a new pricing list and new terms and conditions that will all be released closer to the quote opening date, and I will not disclose any of this information before then. This is to ensure everything is as up-to-date as possible when things eventually resume to normal. This being said, due to the damage of much of my fur, I'm looking at creating premades and smaller parts/hats/etc to use up much of the fur I have left. Some of these will include damaged fur which will be available at a discounted price - the damage is just wrinkles which I will minimize the affects on the products. More on all of this closer to when I can re-open.Future Projects
So I've been slowly working on other projects over the Christmas period, as I had no access to any of my work supplies I needed to resume work. Rather excitingly, I currently have my prototype of a resin fursuit mask under way, which has been slowly taking shape over the past few months. With any luck, my free time will consist of getting this cast for the first time which will then be released to all of you as examples of new resin blanks. Should this be successful, it will open up a huge new range of products and projects for me, which I can offer to you, in the near future. Being UK based, I feel resin blanks would offer more locally than internationally as currently there's an incredibly limited selection of high quality resin work in the United Kingdom. More to come on the resin works!Youtube Channel
For those of you don't know, I have a currently active youtube channel, available here www.youtube.com/user/Kloofsuit…
This channel currently consists of a thorough 8-part tutorial on the making of a fursuit head, with full time-lapse video and audio commentary. My entire process is explained here in great depth, and I really hope they can be a lot of use to some people. Or maybe even just interesting to watch! Just excuse the awkward voice-over...
One thing this will later include is a video FAQ to answer many of the questions I have been asked since the videos, or even before them. I've had many questions asked over and over again, and I can more thoroughly explain, and demonstrate, my replies through an FAQ video as opposed to just individually answeriong questions, or making a post.
This channel has a lot of future plans, mainly tutorials but also work showcasing of mine, and possibly even people who have utilised my tutorials. Currently, I'm struggling to find the time to create tutorials for this site, but I'm hoping my premade work and future commission openings will bring more chances to create tutorials for you all. However,these do take a long time to make and I struggle to find the time I can dedicate to something completely non-profitable. Having said that, I'm considering the option of opening a patreon, or money-raising auctions and/or premades to help raise the funds to continue bringing these tutorials to you. This is all in the future and I'm not dwelling too much on it while I still have much to catch up on.
Sorry for the lengthy update, I haven't proof-read anything as I just wanted to make sure all of my followers were updated on where I am currently. Hopefully you've all read something helpful or at least just giving you an insight as to how I'm keeping up at the moment. Thank you all for your following as support, and I can't wait to bring more awesome creations to you! Any feedback on the above information would be much appreciated!