Every day, our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales introduce themselves. Here’s a warm welcome to all our newbies!
My name is Sandra Catsburg, and I am the person behind the Etsy shop of the same name. I live and work in Utrecht, a province of the Netherlands.
While I was a student at the Utrecht School for the Arts, I began making furniture for my own home. Although I was officially studying the fine arts, people noticed my furniture and started asking if I could make cupboards, chairs or tables for them. While I continued making art objects, I began to use fine art techniques for my furniture designs, like drawing on a cupboard.
I learned to build pieces by trial and error. The tools and materials I work with are relatively simple — I use hand-guided electric tools such as circular saws, sanding machines and a router. They let me shape and refine different types and thicknesses of plywood to make every shape I want. When I have leftover materials, I will think of a design to make good use of of them. One example is the Dresser With Nine Colors, which has drawer fronts made from smaller pieces of plywood that I glued together. Nothing goes to waste in my workshop.
Color is one of the first things people notice in my designs. I mix these colors myself with water-soluble paint. By working with half-transparent colors, the wood grain is still visible. I find color can be the starting point for a new design idea, but so can a shape or specific material. Sometimes I am inspired by wishes from clients, and other times I just start making and see where the process leads me. I find inspirations for new designs everywhere.