Handmade Gifts and Fanciful Graphic Design by Chryssa Theodoritsi

Handmade Items by Chryssa TheodoritsiChryssa Theodoritsi is a graphic designer who lives in Greece. Graphic design is what she does for a living. She is obsessed with dogs, cameras, cycling, chocolate, sun and, of course, handmade things. Sewing is one of her latest obsessions. It relaxes her after a hard day at work, and it makes Chryssa happy to see people own something she has made. ‘Dogs’ Dreamz’ handmade gifts – is her world, and her dream.

AP: Your first works. What did they look like?

CT: When I was a child I attended painting lessons. That was my first step in creativity. After that I tried baking cernit and making jewels. I felt complete a few years ago when my lovely boyfriend gave me a sewing machine as a present. I can’t recall the very first thing I sew but the second or the third one was a small stuffed monster, good enough for an amateur. Now I sew handbags, small pouches, smoke pouches, brooches, envelope clutches, stuffed animals, pillows… And every day I become better and better…

Handmade Items by Chryssa Theodoritsi 5AP: Do you have any formal education in your sphere or were you self-taught?

CT: I’m totally self-taught! The internet was the best teacher to me… I found useful information and got the tips I needed to start sewing. After that some good books I bought boosted my skills.

AP: What genre are your works?

CT: My genre… Simple, cute, bright, practical, happy, mainstream, sometimes romantic… All in all, I like to try various genres, but I keep it simple as much as I can. I always keep in mind that I am the first costumer. If I don’t like something I have made – I won’t sell it. It is my rule!

Handmade Items by Chryssa TheodoritsiAP: Can your works  be characterized as unique and unusual?

CT: I would characterize my works as unique in simple way. Nothing is the same with the other and I don’t make twice the same thing with the same fabrics.  As I’ve just mentioned, I want to make things which are simple and useful.

AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use?

Handmade Items by Chryssa TheodoritsiCT: My sewing machine named Koula is my companion to all this. I also sew by hand some times, but all the hard work is done by Koula ;D.

AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in this sphere? 

CT: Not an expert…But I’m good enough. I learn something new every day and try to experiment with new things and ideas. My dream is to quit my full time job and open a small shop and fill it with all my creations.

AP: What is your success formula?

CT: The formula is to enjoy every moment of what you do. To be happy to create! And to be proud of your work.

AP: Is there someone who helps you in your creativity?

CT:  First of all my other half! He does everything! He can to support me and gives me the time I need to create. After all he was the one who gave me the sewing machine! Then my support is my good friend Alexia, who is fellow sewer and my mom. These people’s opinions and comments make me feel confident.

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