Next up on our meet the makers series we have Martina of La Martiz Handmade.
Can you tell us a little about what you do?
I work mainly with yarn. Creating chunky, cosy and warm scarves to wear during the winter!
How did you get started?
I started ages ago with the heavy influence of my Grandmother. She did teach me a lot about fabrics, needles and yarns
Where are you from?
I am actually Italian, from a little town between Venice and the Dolomite and my boyfriend, a professional violinist and phd student, asked me one day if I wanted to move to the Uk where he could finally do his Phd. I looked at him and said -hell, yeah.- So I quit my job, left the little home where we were living and got an a British Airways flight in a cold day of January 2014, just in time to get familiar to the amazing welsh weather! That is the main inspiration for what I do: super thick scarves that protect you from a super wind and keeps you super warm!
What’s your favourite part of what you do?
I think the best part is getting creative, exploring every time new ways of using your favourite materials
What’s your favourite item to make?
My favourite item at the moment is the Zetland. A nice chunky zigyzagy cowl that can be made in any colour you want (reeeeally into mustards lately.. ) here is the link
What inspires you?
Autumn! My favourite season!
What was your proudest moment?
Admitting I was ready to get married.
If you could pass any law what would it be?
That’s a good one. I don’t need to pass the law to be happy…if there is a law then it would mean somebody would be upset by my behaviour so nah, I am ok thanks. No I have seen the question about pineapple on pizza. Yes: I would beat anyone who puts pineapples on pizza.
If you won a million pounds what would you do?
I’m not telling you but there a lot of wine involved.