Inspired by 'minimal art', Lucy and I collaborated on 5 one-of-a-kind tote bags. We were loving the shapes of our small leather cut-offs and decided to make something new!
-We began by sorting through some inspiration:
-Then we brainstormed possible bag silhouettes.
-Drafted up a paper version to think through effective, minimal but quality design details.
-Then Lucy used what she learned in putting together her own collection to work up a pattern.
-We sorted through our favorite colors and shapes of leather pieces...
-Finally, we got to making! I worked on much of the base structure of the bags (straps, inside pockets, back pieces) while Lucy worked her precision (clean edges, seam allowance, thread coloring, leather piece composition) on most of the front of the bags.
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How empowering it is to consider that I am only a victim to my feelings if I decide to be.
What have I decided to be or do today? tomorrow? the next day? in light of where I am going.
What have you decided?
The last few seasons, I have put my all into every endeavor I could dream of or join in to. And while some were fruitful, most failed and failed hard. So there is also the element of learning to trust myself and keep trusting myself. There are many more failures to come. How do I know? Because I'm overflowing with ideas! Thus, beauty of PROCESS!
For the last 3 months, I was a full time student at Scuola del Cuoio in Florence, Italy. I spent 6 hours a day under the instruction of two master craftsmen in leather handbag production, alongside 18 other students from all around the world. The rest of the time was spent exploring the city, other areas of Italy, museums, building relationships with my international classmates and learning a new way to live (in a foreign country)....