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Elizabeth Eastlake Purse

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This is an upcycled handbag. The original thrifted Marithe + Francois Girbaud purse was black faux leather, about 7 inches wide, and about 8 inches high (plus the strap), 2 inches deep at the base, magnetic snap closure, one interior compartment with one additional zippered pocket and a small no-zip pocket, plus the exterior flat pocket. Removable strap is very long and buckle-adjustable (perfect for a cross-body carry).

I restyled the purse with paint, collage, sharpies, silk cording, and modpodge. The image is of the British writer and art critic Lady Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake (1809-1893), as found in the Flickr Commons uploads from the National Galleries of Scotland; the 1885 Eastlake quote is: "I have no doubt that women will have votes before is simply a matter of sense and consistency."

The old iPod in photo #4 is for size comparison only, and does not come with the purse. (You don't want it anyway, believe me.)

This bag has been sprayed with Krylon Crystal Clear for weather protection, but like any one-of-a-kind item, it should be handled with reasonable care in extreme conditions.

Elizabeth Eastlake Purse


  • Materials: thrifted purse, paint, collage, modpodge, gesso, sharpies, silk cording
  • Only ships within United States.
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