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Special Keecie lover: Erika Harberts aka Mikodesign

 

The Elephant Joke bag and the Mini Me purse as miniatures. A lovely handmade surprise by Erika from Mikodesign to find in our letter box. We already followed each other on Instagram, but what a nice thing to receive: two of our designs in miniature. And her favourite Keecie bag wasn't even one of them! Read more below about which one is her favourite and about the amazing work of this special Keecie enthusiast.




 



I already knew Keecie from Instagram. I saw you passing by from time to time on other people’s accounts, after which I started following you myself. My first Keecie was given to me by my two daughters and my boyfriend for my birthday in 2016. So, I had known Keecie for some time by then, but I simply couldn't choose which one I thought was the nicest, most beautiful and most practical bag for myself. In the end my choice was the Picking Flowers in the colour Faded Blue.

I use the bag every day to carry all my important things such as my wallet - which is also a Keecie; the Hide & Seek in the colour Ink Blue - my phone and my keys with a Mini Tweet key ring in the colour Cement. So my Keecies always go with me, whether I'm going shopping at the market, setting up an exhibition in Paris or meeting a friend.

I actually got into miniature making by chance. I used to make dolls and dolls DIY kits and often had to take pictures of them for my insta. A photo of only a doll was a bit boring, so at one point I found a vintage doll chair at the flea market to use as a prop. One thing led to another. I eventually made whole interiors for the doll and the cat visits often to take a look. Gradually the doll making faded into the background, and now I only make miniature interiors. As you can see on the right with real size Keecie's in it! The majority of the furniture and accessories I make myself - the size I use is not standard, so there is little for sale - and I complement them with beautiful vintage finds. The real mini plants, which I propagate myself, complete the picture.






I would have loved to make the entire Keecie collection in miniature. Since that would mean hours of work, I picked two Keecies that are very different. The Mini Me is one of the smallest models and the Elephant Joke, as the name says, is large and practical. These two models also seemed to lend themselves well to miniaturization and I had also found silver leather to use for this project. Of course, I couldn't pass up that opportunity.

 

My two daughters have recently become fans as well and both have a Keecie bag and a Keecie wallet. They have had a key ring for some time; the oldest a Good House Keeper in the colour Yellow and the youngest a Mini Tweet in the colour Forest, but now they also both have a bag that they are very happy with.

My youngest's old wallet now lies unused in a drawer and her cards have been transferred to the Flash Forward in the Cognac used look. Sometimes she also carries the wallet in her new bag: the Cat Chase in the colour Forest. For example, when we went to the Veluwe.

My other daughter has the Move Mountains bag in Faded Blue which, like me, she uses almost every day. And she carries her business cards with her in the Cat Chase Small in the colour Yellow.






We have been fans of Erika's work for years! Also, curious? Check her out on Instagram @mikodesign

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