Where does all that color, creativity, enthusiasm and passion come from?
I was born in Asia in a warm family who traveled all over the world because of my father’s work (Shell). From him I have the drive to make something of my life. My mother is my example in the creative field. As long as I can remember, she is busy with different kinds of textiles and makes the most imaginative creations with them. Felting, making garments, crocheting, knitting and free embroidery. She also provided workshops. As a little girl, I saw and helped her prepare for these workshops, and spend time in her sewing room.
She has always stimulated me to execute ideas I was thinking about. For example, when we arrived in the Netherlands, we spent two summers making textile mice as bookmarkers. We then sold these to a bookstore. I was able to pay my first scooter from the earnings.
After I received my Bachelor’s degree in teaching in Maastricht, I returned to the famous flower region of Holland. Here I am surrounded by the most amazing flowers all spring. My work as a school teacher is easy to combine with my creativity. Great to encourage children being creative. I do all kinds of stuff: window paintings, murals of children’s rooms, painting porcelain, making jewelry and crocheting. I am a pretty colorful personality and rarely leave a garment I buy the way it was. I like to ‘pimp’ it with brooches or handmade decoration like chains or patches or wear them in a different way.
I have my Etsy online store since 2013 where I sell my creations online. In addition, I sell my handmade products on a lot of local markets. Especially on the Sunday Market in Amsterdam. Here I sold my first wraps. Since the end of 2015, I went to sell my wraps (richly decorated with flowers and tulips) online. First via an online Marketplace and later via my Etsy shop.
I received so many positive comments, I decided to focus on this. My living room slowly changed into a kind of wool shop where I have all the colors in stock, so I can start a custom order immediately. Soon that was the only thing I did and where I find a lot of satisfaction. In addition, I can loose myself in this creative process completely. The best thing is that I can take my crochet work anywhere.
Besides crocheting and being an inspiration for others, I was increasingly asked to help people to crochet. So I decided to give crochet workshops. At the beginning of 2017 I released a tutorial that can help people who can not attend a workshop of me. I mostly enjoy the workshops abroad. Because of my international background, I speak English fluent. Traveling all over the world is in my DNA. Great to see so much positivity in people around the world and how they inspire each other.
The name Pollevie:
A question that is asked a lot. I like to wear flowers in my hair and earlier in two ‘messy buns’ on my head with all kinds of fake flowers. When I arrived in the Netherlands, I was called ‘Pollewop’ by children and my friends. In addition, I do not take life too serious. I like to be creative and enjoy the day. Of course I have problems sometimes. But I don’t throw in the towel that easy. But solve them in a positive way. I try to enjoy every day and get a lot of satisfaction from being creative. As Edith Piaf ever sang: “La Vie and rose”, translated freely: the rosy life. A combination of these two became ‘Pollevie’ and under that name I have been making creative products for 10 years as I sell on markets and online.