Hi! I am Mardie, 26 years old and crazy about beautiful Japanese fabrics. I sew handmade Japan-inspired fabric treasures like wallets, bento bags, keychains and craft packages. I find inspiration in Japanese quilting cottons in traditional colours, but also modern Japan-inspired fabrics. On this page you can find out more about me and my work!
My first sewing adventures
I was 14 or 15 when I wanted to join my friends to visit a Renaissance fair here in the Netherlands, and I was interested in making my own medieval gown. I was also a huge Lord of the Rings and fantasy fan in general, so I created my very own medieval gown out of the cheapest cotton possible, and had a total blast figuring out how to use my Mum’s sewing machine. She used to sew clothing for my sisters and me and taught me everything she still knew. For the rest, I used Youtube and the many sewing blogs I still follow. During my teens I used to sew various costumes and cosplays for different events.
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, and I did a 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, first as a receptionist and currently as a workshop developer in Japanese crafts.
Sewing at Handwerkstudio Leiden
In 2015 I was approached by a friend of a friend who was looking for an extra sewing teacher in her sewing studio Handwerkstudio Leiden. She heard I had been sewing my own costumes
In 2016 I decided to leave my part-time job at the museum to focus on my sewing classes. I had more time during the day and decided to start making items from fabric I designed myself. I sold most of these items through friends & family, but soon I decided to try my hand at selling online. So, in December 2016 I opened my Etsy shop!
In my Etsy shop I sell handmade Japan-inspired fabric treasures like wallets, bento bags, keychains and craft packages. I find inspiration in Japanese quilting cottons in traditional colours, but also modern Japan-inspired fabrics.