About me

Hi! I am Mardie, 27 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. 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. After discovering Etsy, it did take me quite a while to open a shop, but I finally went live in December 2016! And in 2017 I added items made from fabric I designed my own, which is honestly a dream come true to be able to share my designs with the world.

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!

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Visit 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.

 

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