Who is Samalla?
The serious passion for handwork started at the early age of six, when my mother thought it was a good idea to store her sewing machine in my room. I’ve always made tiny clothes for my stuffed toys and dolls, but when I was in high school, there wasn’t much support for this kind of craft. Being creative, I tried the Art Academy and later, more in my discipline, the Fashion Academy. Floating between art and fashion, I didn’t really fit in anywhere. I started my own business officially in 2010, after not being happy in non-creative jobs.
My love for historical garment started early. I have done quite a lot of LARP and was more interested in the garments on the pictures of my history books. I have dived in medieval, Grecian, fantasy, corsets, hoopskirts and Vikings. I did a fair amount of COSplay items. With age come wisdom and now I really like to sort out if something was actually found, written about or drawn up as historical clothing. I like to work with the actual materials used, but I don’t mind adding a bit of fantasy to the designs I make.
I don’t LARP any more and I’m leaning towards re-enactment. I’m also very keen on sustainability in my work and private. I’m also very keen on my health, so I am a seasonal worker. Most of the work is done in the warmer and lighter days, while I do easy work in the shorter and colder days.
Samalla is a Finnish word for simultaneous. This sums up my personality and my work. I’m always doing too many things at the same time.
A short summary of my past learnings that helped me along the way besides the work I have done for just individuals.
- Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Academy of Arts)
- AMFI Design & Styling
- DETEX Fashion Advisor
- Masterclass Costume Design by Lindy Hemming
- Workshop Weaving (Ambacht in beeld)
- Kunstklas (Stedelijk Museum Schiedam)
- Reading Fermented Dyeing (cold natural dyeing method) by Anja Schrik
- Grachtenfestival Amsterdam (costuming)
- Vortex Adventures | Far Kingdoms | 7Gates (LARP organizing / costuming)
- Bioworld Merchandising