Betty draws inspiration for her french antique looking dolls from vintage markets and retro pictures from the 20s. In her answer to ‘Why Handmade?,’ Betty hit the handmade nail on the head: ‘I can say that every doll got a part of my soul and that is not possible with a mass production.’
Betty van den Burg
Creative, dinamic,100% artisan,old time lover
What got you started crafting?
I am a preschool teacher since 20 years ago, by that time I started already crafting a little bit with my students , but definitely I started seriously with my hobbie when my older son had borned 13 years ago by that time I began painting first of all on wood like folk art and then with the dolls, right now I am really into with "Manu's atelier", is more than a hobbie right now is a passion that I want to turn into a concrete bussines.
What is your source of inspiration?
Vintage markets, retro pictures from the 20's, grannys old times with patchwork quilts, nature in all its ways is a source of inspiration.
What have you made recently?
I am busy everyday with "Manu's atelier", designing dolls and her outfits is a passion, each doll is unique I don't repeat a model. Why? Because there are thousands of possiblities to remake always a Manu. All the process is a 100%handmade by me, so I am involved since the beggining with the design until the end with the packaging, labeling.
Where do you sell your crafts presently?
I am selling on local craft fairs and on etsy. www.etsy.com/people/betty1972, but of course I want to expand my business significantly.
Why are handmade crafts important to you?
I really love the Handmade process specially for this antique look doll, dying the cotton muslin, sewing each doll body part is amazing and unique I can't not repeat a doll and that's the significant side of handmade..... And then giving to her a personality with the outfit is just a challenge,because every Manu must be different. I can say that every doll got a part of my soul and that is not possible with a mass production.