Two weeks with Khmer Creations and Cambodian Creations - Fiona Caripis January 22 2014, 0 Comments

On October 5th I arrived at the Khmer Creations studios. The challenge for the week was set; to transform ex-office space into a new shop front. Luckily, working with talented studio manager Samnang (of Khmer Creations) and Monika (Cambodian Knits), it was soon apparent that anything was possible! Hitting the road, the adventure began to source fittings in Phnom Penh. After getting over the fear of my first moto ride on the chaotic city streets, we were armed and ready with light fittings, frames and as much wicker as we could balance on the ride back. There was much excitement as the first new down lights went in and the hospital style tube lighting went out. Despite being unable to remain for the entire project, the incredible talent and drive of the team to complete the store exceeded all expectations. The Khmer Creations girls’ handiwork shows no bounds, even extending their skills to carpentry, with great results. Within a few weeks, the building on street 113 was no longer an office but a new destination to discover local artisans. I look forward to the next chapter for Cambodian Creations!

From office space... Fair Trade shop!

Cambodian Creations opening night!

-- Fiona works in clothing and design consulting. Graduating in fashion design in 2009, she has always focussed on applying her creative skills within the fair trade sector. Hired by Khmer Creations on a voluntary basis, her primary focus was to teach innovative methods of visual merchandising for stock displays. In addition, she assisted with the interior layout and sourcing fittings for the collaborative business venture, Cambodian Creations.