A Dutch girl fascinated with Japan and in love with everything kawaii~
Hello and welcome; it's a pleasure to meet you!
My name is Kimberly Jolanda, often better known by my nickname Kiyo, and I've been a freelance digital artist for several years, working in the fields of design and illustration.Though I was born and still live in Leiden, a historic university city in the Netherlands, I’ve been fascinated with Japan since my teens; the culture, natural beauty and art an endless source of inspiration, the last especially in its famous Kawaii styles, as I've always had a penchant for cute, whimsical things.
When I discovered the artisan craft of needle felting back in 2018—finding in its process a relaxing hobby next to my mainly computer-focused work—it slowly grew into a passion when I began designing my own little characters, which eventually became the Kawaii Friends that populate my website here today.
Available in various types, colours and sizes, my Friends are both fully handcrafted by me through commissions, and also now slowly filling my RedBubble shop with their digitally illustrated shapes. Whichever of them spoke to you, I hope that if you found your way here, they were able to put a smile on your face ツ