Handmade Handbags

San Diego, California.

Wearable Art

The worlds of art and function are intertwined in my bags.

The strong inspirational influences of the vintage handmade weaving of the southwest and other cultures, the attention to the beauty of the leather and silverwork of the western horse tack makers and the vintage graphics of the west coast surf community remain a source of visual and tactile explorations.

These bags draw in the individuals who desire more that a daily bag, but a piece of functional art.

Passion For Design

Graphics of the West Coast Tribes

The eternal and primal nature of being part of the ocean rings deep for me. Much like riding a horse, these elements encourage
cooperation and communication. I like the visual communication. And of course there are the people.

Textiles

Weaving and textile designs and technique fascinate me.
The idea of using only what was available at the time and location never seems to slow the variety and exploration of the natural world.

Horse Tack

The bond between people and horses is ageless. The design and making of vintage reins, headstalls and halters was always unique to the maker, his skill and the horse in his minds eye. The ritual of “tacking up a horse” cleaning the tack, the smell of the leather and the feel of a much loved and worn piece of tack is challenging to explain in words. Much like riding itself and surfing.

Textiles

Weaving and textile designs and technique fascinate me.
The idea of using only what was available at the time and location never seems to slow the variety and exploration of the natural world.

My Blog

The chase, the discovery, the thrill

I have been interested in textiles, furniture, jewelry and graphic design as long as I can recall.
The thrill of putting a space together with diverse items as a newbie interior designer to working with vintage textiles and vintage tack these days is always the reward..