A Conversation with Emoke Abraham
Actually, I became an interior designer because interior design and design have always been very important to me. I stayed at home with my children when they were born, but I felt the need to do something, so I learned to crochet alongside them. I also attempted to strengthen and master the craft of crochet in order to create objects for home interiors, such as poufs, baskets, and large containers.
At first, only people I knew noticed what I was doing, and they liked it, but I had no intention of selling it. Then there was a need and a demand. Everyone enjoyed it, which convinced me that it was worthwhile to pursue it as a career rather than a hobby. That's how it grew, and after a lot of trial and error, I discovered that bags sell better, possibly due to the female spirit, and that's what people prefer to spend their money on.
I experimented a lot with materials to see what I liked and what I could crochet into shapes that popped into my head. I was delighted to discover recycled yarn; it makes me feel good to know that I'm not polluting the environment with yet another material. I began by working with T-shirt yarn, which is made by cutting up leftover textile industry materials and spinning them into yarn. I'm now using braided yarn, which is also made from recycled materials but is rewoven into a single yarn. The good news is that a Hungarian manufacturer now produces this.
I first created a Facebook page for myself and uploaded the photos there. What surprised me the most was that I was approached by a girl who had previously opened a small shop selling products made specifically by Hungarian designers in the spirit of sustainability. Everyone is producing something made from recycled or ethical materials, which she is putting together to sell in a physical shop. When he approached me, I felt justified in continuing to do it. That was the impetus I needed.
Fashion accessory – Crochet women's bag
Interior decoration – Crochet cover
Yes, there is a segment of people who are now very conscious of that, or who are striving to keep the future of the Earth in mind.
Normally, I do my own photography, but there have been times when I have hired a professional photographer to do a series for me. However, because everything has financial consequences, you must always consider what you can afford. I also believe that because I understand the subjects better, I can photograph myself better. But it's possible that I just haven't found a partner who can assist me with that. What I find difficult is creating content. I must always have something new to post in order to draw attention to the fact that I am still here.
For a long time, I've wanted to open my own web shop, or at the very least, have a presence on a platform where my products are sold. For example, to be featured on the Hungarian meska.hu or etsy.hu websites. That's my big plan, but I'm not sure if I'll be found there and orders will start coming in. But I'd definitely like to give it a shot. By the way, the shop I went into is still open; during the pandemic, they set up a website. After all, people can get my bags from them. However, I believe that creating my own website is something that should absolutely be done.
I'm not sure if what they sell is sold online or in-store, but I know they had a difficult two years to get through. Even though there were opportunities, I don't believe there were as many orders coming in online during that time period. It never really took off. They rely heavily on tourists; 50% of their customers are tourists who may be more willing to spend money; if they're in Hungary, they'll buy some souvenirs. But there was no way to do that for the next two years.
That's the way it is! I also visit one or two foreign websites. South Koreans, for example, are huge crochet fans. There are some very nice vegan leather straps there. They are available in a few places in Hungary, but they are not fully prepared. You must clip them and cut them to size yourself. As far as I can tell, its components are not entirely vegan. However, it would be ideal if something similar was available in Hungary.