Not-So-Sexy with Crochet Brand Nuoya Studios’ Founder, Soraya Gunning

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Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their real, raw, and “not-so-sexy” work-from-home experiences. 

This week, we’re chatting with designer and founder of crochet brand Nuoya Studios, Soraya Gunning. From googling hobbies after losing her job to setting up her own knitwear brand, we get behind the Amsterdam based self-taught designer’s newly found routine and how the pandemic pushed her to reconnect with her primordial needs. Keep reading for more on Soraya Gunning.

What does your space look like?

My space is quite organized. I have like an exact spot for everything and it all should go back in that same spot. A bit OCD haha.

What inspired you to start crocheting?

Losing my job. At first, I was pretty upset about it because I had just gotten a promotion and made more money so I had this whole plan of “I’m a big girl now and have my shit together!” But alas… So after feeling salty about it I remember thinking I was going to use this time (in quarantine) to figure out what I actually really like and would like to do for myself. Not work for someone else. I literally googled hobbies and stumbled upon a website that was selling knitting and crochet kits. I always wanted to try it but I “never had the time.” I ordered it and that’s where it all began!

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Why Nuoya Studios?

The name is the Chinese translation of the name Noah. I always liked the name Noah but since there already is a brand with that name I had to get creative with it. I chose Chinese because I myself am part Chinese, so it was sort of like a personal tribute.

Did you have a background in fashion design?

Not really, I didn’t study fashion or anything like that. I actually have a dance background and did that for about 12 years. I do have an interest in fashion but I never ever would have thought I would be designing and making clothes myself.

What kind of crocheter are you? Does your space get messy when creating?

I’m very organized. I have all my patterns and badly drawn ideas in one book, so it doesn’t get wrinkled or lost. Even for my yarn, I have this bowl that makes it easier to work with so I don’t have yarn all over the place getting tangled. Plus it helps with keeping the cat hairs away!!

What is your crocheting routine? Do you listen to music?

I light some incense, make tea, choose if I want to listen to an audiobook or music, or watch a tv show. I actually watched all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy in two months. Perfect routine.

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soraya gunning nuoya studios miilkiina

The hardest part of crocheting?

To be honest, I don’t think there really is a hard part… Maybe the hard part is sitting still for hours? Some people find that hard but for me, I can not put my work down until it’s finished or very very close to finished. It’s almost like an addictive feeling for me.

Do you have a daily routine, if so walk us through it?

It depends a bit on if I work from home or go to my office that I have now for 2 months. But usually wake up around 9. Do a 5-minute meditation. Get up and get ready. Be at the office around 10. Make tea, light some incense. Make a small to-do list for that day and get to work till about 5/6.

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What is your favorite color?

I’m really into different shades of green and brown right now and how they match together.

Did this project provide you with an opportunity for introspection?

It really did. I was really focused on more material things because I was making more money with my corporate job. But after that falling away I really got back to myself and my core. Yes, I like having nice things but I don’t ever want it to cost me my mental peace again. I think that’s why I was traveling so much before because I felt like I needed to escape “real life”. But now since the pandemic, I haven’t traveled at all this whole year. And I actually feel okay about it.

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One thing that has brought you peace of mind amidst the current crisis? How do you like to unwind and pass time?

Not having any obligations. Drinking wine and giving concerts to myself and my Instagram followers. Meditating. Yoga. Binge-watching a new tv show or “binge” reading a new book series. That’s more than one thing haha.

Favorite day or memory over the past 10 months?

My favorite day was in the beginning of quarantine. It was super sunny outside and I developed some sort of routine. Wake up at 9:30. Make tea, eat a banana, then an online yoga class at 10. After that, I would meditate or do pilates. Shower. Get my crochet stuff, open my living room window to let the warm weather and sun in, and sit there and crochet with an audiobook or some music and a bowl of fresh fruits. It was amazing and I felt so at peace.

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Not-So-Sexy with Crochet Brand Nuoya Studios’ Founder, Soraya Gunning

soraya gunning not-so-sexy miilkiina

 

 

 

 

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their real, raw, and “not-so-sexy” work-from-home experiences. 

This week, we’re chatting with designer and founder of crochet brand Nuoya Studios, Soraya Gunning. From googling hobbies after losing her job to setting up her own knitwear brand, we get behind the Amsterdam based self-taught designer’s newly found routine and how the pandemic pushed her to reconnect with her primordial needs. Keep reading for more on Soraya Gunning.

What does your space look like?

My space is quite organized. I have like an exact spot for everything and it all should go back in that same spot. A bit OCD haha.

What inspired you to start crocheting?

Losing my job. At first, I was pretty upset about it because I had just gotten a promotion and made more money so I had this whole plan of “I’m a big girl now and have my shit together!” But alas… So after feeling salty about it I remember thinking I was going to use this time (in quarantine) to figure out what I actually really like and would like to do for myself. Not work for someone else. I literally googled hobbies and stumbled upon a website that was selling knitting and crochet kits. I always wanted to try it but I “never had the time.” I ordered it and that’s where it all began!

soraya gunning nuoya studios miilkiina

Why Nuoya Studios?

The name is the Chinese translation of the name Noah. I always liked the name Noah but since there already is a brand with that name I had to get creative with it. I chose Chinese because I myself am part Chinese, so it was sort of like a personal tribute.

Did you have a background in fashion design?

Not really, I didn’t study fashion or anything like that. I actually have a dance background and did that for about 12 years. I do have an interest in fashion but I never ever would have thought I would be designing and making clothes myself.

What kind of crocheter are you? Does your space get messy when creating?

I’m very organized. I have all my patterns and badly drawn ideas in one book, so it doesn’t get wrinkled or lost. Even for my yarn, I have this bowl that makes it easier to work with so I don’t have yarn all over the place getting tangled. Plus it helps with keeping the cat hairs away!!

What is your crocheting routine? Do you listen to music?

I light some incense, make tea, choose if I want to listen to an audiobook or music, or watch a tv show. I actually watched all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy in two months. Perfect routine.

soraya gunning nuoya studios miilkiina
soraya gunning nuoya studios miilkiina

The hardest part of crocheting?

To be honest, I don’t think there really is a hard part… Maybe the hard part is sitting still for hours? Some people find that hard but for me, I can not put my work down until it’s finished or very very close to finished. It’s almost like an addictive feeling for me.

Do you have a daily routine, if so walk us through it?

It depends a bit on if I work from home or go to my office that I have now for 2 months. But usually wake up around 9. Do a 5-minute meditation. Get up and get ready. Be at the office around 10. Make tea, light some incense. Make a small to-do list for that day and get to work till about 5/6.

spaces miilkiina
soraya gunning for miilkiina

What is your favorite color?

I’m really into different shades of green and brown right now and how they match together.

Did this project provide you with an opportunity for introspection?

It really did. I was really focused on more material things because I was making more money with my corporate job. But after that falling away I really got back to myself and my core. Yes, I like having nice things but I don’t ever want it to cost me my mental peace again. I think that’s why I was traveling so much before because I felt like I needed to escape “real life”. But now since the pandemic, I haven’t traveled at all this whole year. And I actually feel okay about it.

soraya gunning nuoya studios miilkiina
soraya gunning not-so-sexy miilkiina
spaces miilkiina

One thing that has brought you peace of mind amidst the current crisis? How do you like to unwind and pass time?

Not having any obligations. Drinking wine and giving concerts to myself and my Instagram followers. Meditating. Yoga. Binge-watching a new tv show or “binge” reading a new book series. That’s more than one thing haha.

Favorite day or memory over the past 10 months?

My favorite day was in the beginning of quarantine. It was super sunny outside and I developed some sort of routine. Wake up at 9:30. Make tea, eat a banana, then an online yoga class at 10. After that, I would meditate or do pilates. Shower. Get my crochet stuff, open my living room window to let the warm weather and sun in, and sit there and crochet with an audiobook or some music and a bowl of fresh fruits. It was amazing and I felt so at peace.

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