4″ hand spun nubby aluminum sphere closed with a zipper and lined in hand felted wool roving. By Guy Ingognito.
bio: Through bookbinding, costume and puppet making, and more recently, bag and accessory making, I have grown a strong attachment to leather. I love working with leather. It is completely unlike any other material, with its natural variations in texture, thickness, and absorptions of dyes. Each piece, whether it be a full hide or a scrap bin treasure, carries its own personality.
These characteristics, combined with my detailed, sometimes whimsical designs, form the basis for Twilight and Filigree ~ beautiful, functional and unique pieces for people like you to enjoy.
Shauna Thomas: I studied surface design at Bloomsburg University. In 2006 I attended a Surface Design Conference in Kansas City with my professor, which is when I truly realized my love for the medium. I began working on wearable art with the intent of just making beautiful fabrics. All of my fabrics are designed by hand. April 2007 I won Best In Show at a local wearable art extravaganza. I now work from home, where I live with my husband and our beautiful son.
Sweetgum Handbags is Kim, a twenty-something grad student who works on her PhD in ecology by day, and runs her sewing machine at all hours of the night. She learned to sew from her talented mother Chris, and from the tried and true method of trial and error.
Favorite materials include denim, corduroy, canvas, woven suede, and repurposed upholstery samples. Custom orders are more than welcome. The business is based in the lovely town of Durham in the fabulous state of North Carolina, USA. All Sweetgum bags are designed to be functional, pleasant to look at, and to last you a very long time.