I loooove going to craft fairs. There's something so wonderful about buying art from the person who made it. My absolute favorite is when the artist is working on new projects in their booth. It's an opportunity to see how they create the beautiful products they sell.
When I walked into Jessica Joy's GOLDYFISH Handbags booth, she was sitting at the sewing machine stitching up a storm. Her booth was filled with unique handbags -- no two exactly the same. She uses a collection of several (hand drafted) patterns to create her handbags, but she uses different fabrics for every bag. In fact, my Mom and I bought the same handbag -- but because the fabrics are so different, they don't look the same at all.
Some links for you:
- GOLDYFISH Handbags on Etsy (her shop is currently on a hiatus)
- My favorite purse making how-to book (an oldie but a goodie)
- This book looks great -- It has 5 stars on Amazon and the patchwork style of the bags reminds me of the GOLDYFISH Handbags.
I've made a number of purses/bags over the years. Here are just a few:
And if you don't feel like sewing a bag from scratch, here are two examples of painted bags (i.e. I bought a pre-finished bag and painted it):
Thanks for stopping by!