Thursday, September 9, 2010

New Work

The fabric for this bag was a remnant. I had three large pieces, two of equal size. I like the idea of piecing the two pieces put together, so that is what I did. I sewed two lengths of grosgrain ribbon together and also used the same grosgrain ribbon to bind the edges. By doing using to grosgrain in this manner, I created a design element that was a basis for the purse. I also had this piece of leather left over and I incorporated it into the purse.

All of the parts added up to this whole. I had challenges to get to the completion of this purse and I would have to think on the next step. I would rip and tear and baste but it finally came out like I imagined it.
The trinkets on the side are what I interpret as charms. When I worked for my Uncle, he had a Macumba charm. I found it endlessly fascinating. It was a large ring that was on a chain. On the ring were many different charms; legs, hearts, hands, houses, money, all the items that represent the good life. This charm was not to have been taken out of Brazil. It was considered a national treasure. Even though the charms on the side of this purse are meaningless, I like how the make noise and add interest to the whole. The purse measure 14" w x 11" h and 3" w.
p.s. the teeth are not real!

6 comments:

patrice said...

ak!
i love it....
really love it.
p-

Sung-Hee (Regina) Hong said...

This is one of a kind precious treasure ! The leather piece and teeth add so much to the purse ! You make things so neat =)

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I like this one and the grosgrain is a great element...the leather begs to be touched!

Run Lori Run said...

Wow, very unique. Great detail

Karen L said...

Pat - this is such a great bag! It's hip, it's vintage inspired and and it begs to be touched - all the texture - wonderful!

Phyllis said...

Beautiful! I like the way you have designed the opening off-center. Your bags are getting more spectacular with each one you make. I wonder if you are selling these anywhere?