What does Samalla / Sinnespin do?
This is a one woman workshop in historical clothing (antiquity to medieval European), costuming and festival wear. I strife to use only authentic, natural or circular materials. I also resell crafting supplies and jewellery from fair trade and/or organic sources.
I’m picking up on acting/animation of historical figures and in cosplay.
Who is Liza?
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 comes 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’m leaning towards re-enactment these days. I’m also very keen on sustainability in my work and private. And just a little heads up: I’m in the process of being diagnosed with ADHD. Just think it is fair to let people know I can be a bit of an uncontrolled mess.
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.
And what about Sinnespin?
Sinnespin is Frisian for Sun-Spider. That is my logo since 2020 and also sums up who I am and what I do. I’m a known lover of the sun and the spider spins and weaves her way through the day.
A bit of my latest work
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
- Masterclass Textiles by Lidewij Edelkort
- Grachtenfestival Amsterdam (costuming)
- Vortex Adventures | Far Kingdoms | 7Gates (LARP organizing / costuming)
- Bioworld Merchandising
Stay up to date
You can find a large overview of my work on Deviant Art. I update that page a lot with new and old work. Just this website doesn’t have enough space for all the pictures and stories.
I use Patreon on my newer projects. I write little blogs about my research and you can follow me along a project.