I have loved to work with my hands for as long as I can remember: drawing, painting, sewing, gardening ... Fortunately I was a professional artist for many years, mainly doing graphic design and creating objects.
I followed many different training courses in my past, classical tailoring being one of them. It was this training that allowed me to start creating my own bags after a long and unsuccessful search for a nice, unique bag for myself. The feedback from friends and acquaintances was so positive and overwhelming that I wholeheartedly decided to start my label Treesizeverse in 2010. Slowly it started to take up more and more of my time and ultimately, four years ago, I made the conscious decision to dedicate myself to it full time.
Treesizeverse is a one-man show - I design and make each piece in each of my collections myself. My creations include backpacks, bicycle and motorbike bags, messenger bags and shoulder bags as well as coin pouches and bags for toiletries. Inspiration and ideas flow wherever I am. I have always lived in the country but I am also hugely fascinated by big cities such as London and New York. These ideas are sometimes translated in to a sketch, yet sometimes I just start experimenting directly with the canvas or leather and see where it takes me. A pattern is created and ultimately a prototype is shaped.
I see myself more as a storyteller than a designer. I make a small piece of the story that is then continued by the wearer of my creations.
Which step in the creative process do you find most enjoyable?
My atelier is located in my home and I find it wonderful to be able to grab a cup of coffee in the morning and get straight to work. If I really had to make a choice then working on new creations would be my favourite step, however the days I spend actually making my products is like meditation for me which also gives me a lot of satisfaction.
How can one easily recognise your work?
Its vintage, 'old school' look.
Which historical figure would you have liked to have been?
I love period dramas and the depiction of the beautiful dresses and stately homes of the 18th Century. I find Beatrix Potter a rather fascinating individual!
What is your big dream?
This sounds very boring, but just being happy and healthy I think.
What kind of music do you listen to?
That depends on my mood.
Tell us something that typifies you but that we do not already know ...
I do not consider my job as a job.