I LOVE this idea! Today’s featured crafter developed her own application that allows people to select their own bag, shape and colors – which she then makes using a variety of fabrics.
1 - I have an insane passion for food and cooking (grandma was a chef)
2 - Born in Japan, raised in Italy, now living in Sweden!
3 - I worked in an international humanitarian organization for 3 years
4 - I love animals, especially dogs (I am vegetarian and use no leather for bags)
What got you started crafting?
I have been crafting since I was little. I guess the background to do something creative was there: my grandfather used to make wood sculptures. My mother can draw very well. My father collects paintings.
Then I put my crafting passions aside to finish my education in International Relations and then work in the sector.
But after some years, it burst out again! Now I am completely dedicated to making handbags.
What is your source of inspiration?
Since I grew up in Italy, I get inspiration by Italian brands. I am not much into luxury brands, so I get inspiration mainly by Italian brands which are maybe less common, but closer to what people would use in daily life.
I also love to buy Japanese books for handmade bags. Japanese books about crafting are the best in the world!
What have you made recently?
I have just (proudly!) made a Facebook application which allows you to create your own bag and see a preview of it.
You choose a model, select the fabrics you like and see them applied on the bag in real time!
The application is accessible through my Facebook page.
The reason why I made this app is that I am promoting customization as a shopping experience. I love the idea that people can choose what they really like and get a product which reflects their personality and taste.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I currently sell on Etsy, but I am also promoting "Make your bag" parties.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I think making handmade bags is not just fun for me, as a crafter. I think it is also in line with the shopping experience idea I am promoting. When you buy a custom made bag, the relationship with the crafter gets closer.
You are choosing to have a unique product, and you will have it made only for you. Handmaking it, completes the "only for you" part.