Wednesday, September 09, 2009

One of a Kind - Baskets, Bags, Bowls, Totes and Purses

Since I last wrote in April I've found myself continuing to work on textile pots, baskets and bowls; and now I've added hand and tote bags. It's become quite a passion of mine to see what I can come up with next and my little carry around 5x7 moleskine is filling up with all kinds of sketches, designs and future projects.

In May I finally gave in to my nieces wishes and became a monthly vendor at Spirt Mountain Casino. The elders of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde began the monthly Native American Market Place in January of 2009 and it's become quite popular with visitors and guests of the casino.

The first weekend in May was really slow, but since that time I have started selling my mixed media collages, baskets, jewelry, Native American polymer clay sculptures, interesting aprons and some craft items.

I've found I'm having a great time being a vendor and the money isn't too bad either. A few of the greatest rewards have been the selling of my 12x12 collages and designing and selling the textile baskets, pots, bowls and bags.

I have a long way to go in becoming my own business. Some how I have to develop more time and energy to adding items to my Etsy and ArtFire shops and I definitely have to find more time to do the one work I truly love, creating collage art.

It's a slow process, but business is picking up and people are seeking me out at the Native American Market to ask about my collage art and see what new designs I have in the way of textile work.

I hope you'll enjoy the photos I've posted below. These are the most recent items I've created with fabrics.

Batik tote bag with suede staps and binding - this bag is created to carry a heavy load of books. $55.00, measures 11.5" tall, 9.5" x 14" at top opening. Strap length at top is 14".
When this design happened I was thinking about Winnie the Poo and his honey pot and I wanted it to take on the shape of a clay pot in the process. Price: $60.00 stands 12" tall base to top of lid handle, opening 7.5", base 3". Sold

This hand bag came about at the end of an early (4:00 a.m.) walk. I simply had the idea in my head and couldn't let it go until I finally sat down at the machine and stitched the fabric together. The base is a wood oval which I glued the upper hand bag section to. It's an open top, and quite adorable. $50.00 Base 5" x7", top 3.5" x 5.5", 7.5" tall. 5" Handles, signed on bottom. Bottom is stained with golden oak.

The brown bowl which has a dark suede trim and suede handles is called a "gathering" basket; it's the one pictured at the top of this post; Price $50.00, measures 11.25 at top and stands 5" tall.
The pink and blue is shaped like the old laundry style baskets, hence it's name, the "Burden" basket; Price $50.00, measures 12.5" x 18.75" and is 7.5" tall.
And last but not least, the green is a batik fabric and is a sewing basket; Price $40.00, measures 4.5" at base, top opening 6.5", 6" tall without lid, 7.5" tall with lid.
If you are interested in making a purchase but would like to see more pictures, please contact me.


Cheryl said...

They are all so Beautiful I would love to own one of your creations! Have a Wonderful Day
Peace and Blessings
Cheryl ~ Snatch JOY!

Rosie Rowe said...

Gorgeous! I especially love the goldy-green colours of the purse with the round handles... I so wish I hadn't started looking at "It's a wrap" - now I want to try this out! You are very naughty to tempt me this way! =)

Julie Fillo said...

Angelina, You left a wonderful quote on my blog, but I have no mailing address to mail your free print to. Please email me your mailing address at if you would like your free print.

Julie Fillo