Bernadette van de Braak is the designer behind brand name of B-MADE.
Bernadette is a graduate of Maastricht’s Fine Arts and Design School with a bachelor degree in textile design in 2009. After leaving the School she developed her own style, while creating her B-MADE design studio. B-MADE includes her latest design in jewelry, textile and tapestry.
The designs she creates start from drawings of organically originating abstract patterns that she makes with devotion and concentration. She then translates these patterns into other materials to design jewelry, carpets and textile patterns using skilled handicrafts. This method results in outspoken designs with her personal style and touch, produced by skillful hands with natural materials.
Van de Braak’s designs are greatly inspired by the designer’s experience of Nepal where she interned for a while and still visits. Her designs are inspired from traditional Nepalese craftsmanship and most of them are actually produced in Katmantu will native materials.
Together with Gyatri Giri who lives in Katmantu, Bernadette van de Braak has founded a collaborative studio under the name Hamro Khushi (it means “happy together”) that concentrates on women of Katmantu. Having set up a fair trade product line in accessories, both girls support the local craftsmanship in order to support them and preserve the Nepalese skills and crafts.