Good morning everyone! Today is no ordinary Monday on DaWanda, as you can see. We’ve got the first of an ongoing series for you to enjoy with your morning coffee: interviews with DaWanda sellers! Each week we’ll be interviewing a different seller who has been doing well on the English platform. We’ll be finding out the stories of the individuals behind some of your favourite DaWanda shops, learning about their inspirations and discovering the secrets to their success selling handmade!
Our first intrepid candidate is Dutch native Maartje Witteveen, the crafty lady behind Tizzalicious. In her shop you can find adorable kawaii, retro and rockabilly jewellery, accessories and more – everything kitsch, cute, colourful and beautifully made. Maartje’s been blazing through the English platform since June 2008 – you can find out more about what inspires her on her blog, where she hosts DaWanda Wednesdays to introduce you to some of her favourite sellers on our platform.
Okay, so enough from me, on with the interview!
Please tell us a bit about yourself:
I am Maartje, or Tizz as a lot of my friends call me, I am 27 years old and from Holland. I love all kinds of crafts. I mainly make jewelry and accessories for my shop, but in my spare time I also love to sew and do paper crafts. Other things I keep myself busy with are my Blythe dolls, photography, movies & music, writing letters to my many penpals (on cute stationery of course!) and shopping. I am a true shopaholic, and you can often find me roaming the cute independent stores looking for cute & colorful things to buy.
How did you discover that you have creative tendencies?
I grew up being crafty. My mom used to sew a lot, and I think that’s where I picked it up. My sister and I were always making clothes for our Barbie dolls, making jewelry and accessories (and even selling it at flea markets!), etc.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I am very much into the whole retro thing, and I think that shows in my work a bit. Looking at colorful houses & people usually inspire me too.
How did you come up with the ideas for the products in your DaWanda shop?
Before I started selling things, I made things for myself, because I couldn’t find the kind of accessories I liked in the shop. So I think I came up with them by thinking of things I would buy myself, but couldn’t find anywhere.
Please give us a brief summary of your creative process.
I work in 2 ways: Things can pop in my head and I will start looking for the materials for it. This can take days sometimes, because when I have something in my head, I want it, and won’t stop pining over it and looking for it until I found it! My other way of working is just to sit down with my big boxes of supplies in front of me, and start creating things from scratch, just putting things together that I think will look nice
What do you want to achieve in the future as a Designer/Creative?
I would really like to be able to give up my disability and live off my shop. I want to move abroad to be with my boyfriend, and I can’t do that while I am on disability, so I have a lot of motivation! A little B&M shop of my own is a little dream too, but I think that that will just stay a dream for a long time!
What role does DaWanda play in your daily creative life?
A big one! I sell on my own website and Etsy as well, but DaWanda is by far the place where I sell most. I spend a lot of time listing new items and sending out packages to my (mainly German) customers.
How has your life changed since you opened your DaWanda shop?
DaWanda showed me that my dream of being able to live off my shop is possible, that enough people are interested in my creations, and that it isn’t just a far away dream, but something that could actually happen in the near future. It’s made me a lot more positive about life and living with my illness without having to depend on disability.
Please give us the names of three of your favourite shops on DaWanda:
Any closing comments?
Ich liebe DaWanda :)
P.S. If you’d like to be considered for one of our Monday seller interviews, then please send a filled-out questionnaire to azra[at]dawanda[dot]com