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!
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.
I have always been creative, and although I specialized in Japanese crafts my main hobby throughout University was definitively sewing. As I side job I picked up a sewing class by Handwerkstudio Leiden in 2014, and in 2015 I took over the studio together with two colleagues. The studio moved from the Lammeschanseweg to the Vollersgracht, where we had three very creative years teaching sewing, upcycling, knitting, crocheting and bookbinding. I developed a basic sewing course to teach complete beginners the basics of sewing and pattern reading. In 2016 I finally made the decision to focus on sewing and handicrafts entirely and quit my receptionist job.
I am still teaching sewing classes at Handwerkstudio Leiden, but we have moved to Ballonpad 2, Leiden in April 2018.
In Spring 2018 I moved to my 3rd location at the Ballonpad 2 – still in Leiden, of course! Here I will focus on my Etsy shop which had been an on- and off-again adventure for me since 2010. My first Etsy shop was called Pete & Nordica where I created scale 1:4 doll clothing and miniatures together with my roommate Nordica. We had over 250 sales in the two years we ran the shop and we even attended a doll convention in Lyon, France! I left Pete & Nordica in 2013 to focus on graduating and later my sewing classes.
In 2017 I returned to Etsy, now with my handmade Japanese fabric treasures – Hanabachi Creative.