Thursday, 23 June 2005

Bag show and tell

Clancy said she'd like to see some of the bags I make, and to be honest, I've done nothing interesting today except make handbags, so here are some (rather bad) photographs.


These all utilise recycled vintage kimono silk, as well as odds and ends of lace, ribbon etc; the only other fabrics used in these are irish linen, and denim in the one with the circlebumps appliqued to the front. I really, really, really like using recycled kimono - it is always beautiful and always surprising. And it's nice to be re-using and re-purposing resources rather than contributing to waste.









This one is an experiment, I wanted to see how hard / easy the metal purse frame is to use. It's not as hard as I thought. Because the bag part has to be glued into the frame it's a bit fiddly, I got a bit of glue on the outside of the purse. So it will have to be sold for not-very-much. But the next one will be better.


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9 comments:

Ampersand Duck said...

Gorgeous. I've got enormous respect for people who use their craftspersonship as well as their brains. It's a great way of slowing yourself down a bit. These are just beautiful.

Phantom Scribbler said...

Really lovely. Do you make a diaper bag version?

Kidding. Mostly.

liz said...

I especially like the clutch. They are all beautiful!

Rubydot said...

These are stunning. Did the wooden handles on the top one come from an old bag or can you buy them new somewhere?

Lucy Tartan said...

Hi rubydot,
the handles are plastic, and they came out of an old macrame kit (mid 70s, I guess). I bought a box of about 50 from a closing down sale a while ago. Individual handles come up quite often on ebay, usually listed by the words Marbella or sometimes 'purse-n-able' which is the brand they were sold under. No wonder they don't make them anymore....

Clancy said...

Lovely! I especially like the geisha ones and the one with the circles. I like to get creative with jewelry (see this example), and I do a lot of knitting. One of these days I'm going to knit a purse out of wool yarn and felt it. It'll be fabulous when I get around to doing it.

Lucy Tartan said...

That's a really pretty necklace Clancy. I'm jealous of people who can knit properly (hi Katy, Lee!)

George said...

Very cool.

trashglam said...

purdy purdy. do you print over any of the textiles you use or just take them (glorious specimens) as they are? such spectacles, i want to post my own trinkets and jewels.