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:Bags::

I have always had a live/work studio until this year when I started living a mile away form my studio. Newly becoming a commuter (walking of course), I needed to haul things like lunch and a sweater back and forth. I designed the Gypsy Bag to do the job. It is very
comfortable to wear, whether carrying a little or a lot. It has a wide shoulder strap to disperse the load and interior pockets to keep the important stuff organized. There are no zippers (this bag refuses to buy into fear), it is soft and free form with good bones to keep it orderly, and the pockets are deep to keep things secure, well, maybe not during cartwheels. I love the look of the dynamic triangle shape against the body, and how the fabric feels is just as important to me as color, design and function, all of which I give a lot of thought…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 21
  • Joined November 7, 2008

Favorite materials

Linen, cotton and canvas

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About

:Bags::

I have always had a live/work studio until this year when I started living a mile away form my studio. Newly becoming a commuter (walking of course), I needed to haul things like lunch and a sweater back and forth. I designed the Gypsy Bag to do the job. It is very
comfortable to wear, whether carrying a little or a lot. It has a wide shoulder strap to disperse the load and interior pockets to keep the important stuff organized. There are no zippers (this bag refuses to buy into fear), it is soft and free form with good bones to keep it orderly, and the pockets are deep to keep things secure, well, maybe not during cartwheels. I love the look of the dynamic triangle shape against the body, and how the fabric feels is just as important to me as color, design and function, all of which I give a lot of thought.

::Pot Holders::

I have been collecting odd bits of found fabric most of my life, attracted by color, pattern and feel. This fabric has inspired my pot holder collection, made entirely of rescued cotton or linen fabric, much of it vintage. This is their last hurrah for a useful life. The design is influenced by the pot holders I grew up with, made by my Grandmother, which were round pieces of Barkcloth (remnants from the sewing factory her mother worked in) with crocheted edging. The round shape makes a lot more sense to me than a square. I've added a loop to hang them for display when not in use, and substituted a wonderful frayed edging which is oddly nostalgic and contemporary at the same time. They are a nice thickness, just enough to keep hands safe and keep a good grip. They also make great trivets for hot pans or dishes on the table. They measure approximately 8" across.

please visit :
Karinbirch.blogspot.com :: about my artwork
Karinbirchsewn.blogspot.com :: about this project
Karinbirchnotecards.blogspot.com :: selling note cards of my embroidery artwork

A resent article about my art work is in Home & Design Magazine http://Www.homeanddesign.com/article.asp?article=21179
Lauren LaRocca of the Frederick News Post has written an article about my bags and Etsy shop at
www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/blogs/categories.htm?catid=282&bid=7

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