We wanted to spotlight an individual in our Kandi community. Not only is Holly an inspiration, she has some of the best outfits I have ever seen made out of Kandi.
We wanted to learn a little bit more about Holly (ToyBox) and what inspires her to make such beautiful pieces. Below is our interview.
1. What got you into kandi?
“I met a bright and colorful kandi kid at my first rave. She traded me a kandi bracelet for one of my jelly bracelets. She inspired me to become a kandi kid and I fell in love with the culture.”
2. How did you learn to make outfits with kandi?
“For the most part I am self taught.”
“I did learn new techniques from a message board called Kanditrade.com. That is where kandi kids connected in the early 2000s. We would have kandi trade parties. Here is a flyer for one I hosted. The back of this flyer has a list of some of kandi kids that inspired me.”
3. How many years have you been making kandi?
“I have been making kandi for 17 years.”
4. About how long does it take to make an outfit?
“It takes about one day to complete an outfit.”
5. What is your favorite part about trading kandi?
“My favorite part about trading kandi is its a great way to open up communication and make new connections with amazing people.”
Check out some of her outfits and more on her Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/people/kanditoybox
Kandi is not only a way of art, really is an inspirational way to connect people. Every trade lets you connect on personal level. We love seeing the creative pieces come up. Outfits, perlers, 3dcuffs, and so much more. We hope you keep making bomb outfits ToyBox. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. We can’t wait to see your next creation. 🙂
Much Love PLUR,
The Kandi Family Team
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