Eda was an electronics engineer when she found a sewing machine. After spending long hours nights and weekends sewing, she started Boejack Design. She'll bring her collection of handcrafted bags on Saturday December 8th, 2018 from 11a – 3p. We asked Eda a few questions to get to know a bit more about her:
What inspired you to make what you make?
I get inspired by colors and animals mostly. It’s truly amazing how a tiny bird carries bright red speckles on his little blue wings. Nature gives us the most incredible color palette and I appreciate it by adding some elements from it to my bags, like recycled wooden purse frames or naturally dyed fabrics.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
‘’Get out of your comfort zone’’. I was always eager to pursue a creative life, experiment new techniques and styles in my work. Staying in my comfort zone too long makes me feel demotivated and frustrated about my work. Leaving what you are comfortable with may seem frightening at the beginning, but it always helps discovering beauties and get fascinated about them.
Can you describe your favorite part of the work you do?
It’s definitely creating something from scratch and turning a loose piece of fabric into a structured 3D shape. I also love continuously chasing the best fabric and materials, which led me many times to travel other countries like Japan. And last but not least, the most precious thing is the fact that I even don’t feel like I’m working or any of this is obligatory.
Can you explain how Boejack Design came to be?
My transformation was a bit unusual. I got an Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree and worked in a global engineering company for over 5 years and then another 2 years in a management consultancy company. One day I found this old sewing machine in a dusty attic and started sewing. After practicing long hours at nights and weekends, I created and launched my first collection. And finally, when I decided that it really fulfills my whole life & dreams, I quit my job and I have been focusing only on Boejack Design since 2015.
Do you have a personal favorite from you collection?
It’s hard to pick one among so many different styles but I enjoy a lot while making the cylindrical shape clutch which has some patchwork details on it. I guess the unexpected color combo on a plain natural linen makes it quite enjoyable.