This is my latest purse, and as you can imagine, I love it!!! I was reminded of a couple of things it's important to remember when creating fabric projects such as purses. The most important being, "Seam allowance is my friend." I'm thinking of writing that on a piece of paper and gluing it to my work space but I get so excited when I'm starting a project that sometimes I forget to stop and take seam allowance into consideration. That's what happened with this purse. I had planned on the sides being a total of two inches and so that's what I cut the fabric for. Until I started sewing up the sides, I had totally forgotten to take seam allowance into consideration. Oh well, it is what it is and at least it didn't really make that big of a difference to the design.
|burlap people purse|
I think this "burlap people purse" is one of my favorites. I love putting things together that don't necessarily look like they go together. I love making purses out of materials that you might not think would make a good purse material. I love that this purse is made from burlap. I love the faux-suede material paired with the burlap. I also love the painted fabric people, which I glued to wooden people figures. I learned a lot from this purse. And I know I get a bit repetitive when I say this but, I appreciate all that I learn from designing and making anything. This poor purse fell apart a little. This purse design was definitely me, the raw burlap, painted fabric people, and of course the message, "b. you."
Of course, I have my sister to thank for my journey into purse making because we were planning on starting a business making purses. Although our ideas for our business have grown and are on hold for right now, I still love designing purses and plan on continuing to do so. I have a number of ideas for purses and a number of them in-progress, waiting for a solution :) I check in with them so often and see if they have anything new to tell me about who they want to be and if not, I let them sit.
Before I got clean and sober, and part way into my healing process afterwards, I wondered what part of me was in my art and my designs. Looking back now from a confident place in who I am and who I am becoming, I see me a lot more than I did before. I see that decisions such as pairing together a faux-ostrich with denim, two things you wouldn't think would go together, definitely speaks of who I am. I like to do things different, I like to try things that seems like they may not work, I like sew metal on purses...anything unique and out of the ordinary. It's a blast! And when something doesn't work out, then I know. And when it does, it's beyond words! And that's where part of my passion lies when it comes to my creativity. Part of what I so love about this journey!