Hi! I am Mardie, 28 years old and Etsy seller from The Netherlands. I design my own fabrics inspired by Japan, and use them to sew handmade travel items. On my website you can find the latest news about my shop and upcoming markets.
In 2009 I moved to Leiden to study Japanese, a dream I had since my school exchange with Japan in 2005 during high school. I wrote my thesis on the intangible material culture policies of the Japanese government. I also completed my minor in Museumstudies, which lead to my job as a receptionist at Japanmuseum SieboldHuis in 2013. After graduating in 2014 I continued working for the museum. I developed and conducted various Japanese craft workshops relating to the temporary exhibitions.
Etsy Shop “Hanabachi Creative”
During my studies I sewed many gifts from Japanese fabrics for my friends & family, who encouraged me to open up a web shop. Finally in December 2016 I opened up my Etsy shop, Hanabachi Creative!
I chose the name “hanabachi” because it means bee in Japanese, and I’ve always been a busy bee whether it was drawing, writing, origami, crocheting or sewing! In my shop I sell all kinds of travel-related items such as makeup-bags, passport covers, card holders etc. Most are made with fabric I design myself and have printed at Motiflow.com
I love sharing my design and ideas with the world, and to make people happy with beautiful things 🙂