Darner is a play on words: it is an old English word for someone who weaves or stitches, but also a common name for a dragonfly, my favourite insect. I’m an entomologist, and studied insects for many years, so they have a very special place in my heart and sometimes, on the fabric!
I started sewing because of a science experiment during my MSc in Edmonton, Canada. I needed to sew 100 gauze bags to contain caterpillars on pine boughs so I bought a old Singer sewing machine from ’74…..The rest is history! I started with every free online pattern I could find, and quickly got addicted to making bags and all kinds of things. Kept shopping for more and more fabric (on etsy of course) and then the hobby got out of hand… started making more bags, cases, purses and even my own clothes. Had a long hiatus during my PhD, and now I’m back again with the most useful thing I can think of these days which can be made of all kinds of cute fabric prints: Facemasks (or Mondkapjes, in Dutch). I’m making them out of the atelier “het Paleis” in Groningen, a shared space with other creative makers!
I just love making useful beautiful things!
A peek inside the atelier ….
MEET OUR TEAM
These are the minions at work by darner design
WEB MASTER and MASTER HELPER
craftsmanship comes from the love of making!
IDEAS AND CONCEPTS
a desire to make something of use
take something you need and make it just a little better
Pick a fabric, any fabric
EASY TO LIKE
It’s quality of form and function