Kimberly Joy's Profile

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Backstitched Design is a one-woman textile design studio born from the love of sewing, 2nd-hand shopping, recycled materials, and repurposing. 

I design and create unique leather bags, purses, totes, wallets, accessories, and quilts. My work is inspired by vintage and classical designs, particularly mid-century and abstract art motifs. I use geometric and abstract patterns, stark color combinations, and vintage bag designs, with a focus on uniqueness and functionality. I individually design and sew each piece from the materials I have at hand, predominately repurposed leather, recycled leather coats, durable clothing, 2nd-hand fabric, and exotic textiles. This process makes my pieces one of a kind and illustrates a high regard to individuality and sustainability.

The name Backstitched is a double entendre.  Firstly, a 'backstitch' is a small…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 28
  • Joined September 2, 2007

Favorite materials

reclaimed leather jackets, coats, pants, and skirts, leather remnants, reclaimed textiles and clothes, vintage textiles, stainless steel hardware, rivets, and snaps

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OOAK Hand-crafted Recycled Leather Bags &...

About

Backstitched Design is a one-woman textile design studio born from the love of sewing, 2nd-hand shopping, recycled materials, and repurposing. 

I design and create unique leather bags, purses, totes, wallets, accessories, and quilts. My work is inspired by vintage and classical designs, particularly mid-century and abstract art motifs. I use geometric and abstract patterns, stark color combinations, and vintage bag designs, with a focus on uniqueness and functionality. I individually design and sew each piece from the materials I have at hand, predominately repurposed leather, recycled leather coats, durable clothing, 2nd-hand fabric, and exotic textiles. This process makes my pieces one of a kind and illustrates a high regard to individuality and sustainability.

The name Backstitched is a double entendre.  Firstly, a 'backstitch' is a small stitch at the end of a line of sewing that locks the stitches into place. Secondly, ‘backstitched’ alludes to the past tense, the recycling and repurposing process of creating something new. These two meanings represent the commitment to durability and reinvention in my work.  

The active choice to not buy ready-made consumer goods can help us shape a more respectful and conscious lifestyle. We can carefully respond to the realities of environmental degradation and sweat shop labor by consciously choosing where and how we shop. This is the central reason why I choose to use repurposed clothing and textiles over new fabrics. Over 90% of my materials come from 2nd-hand clothing, thus every piece I make is rooted in an environmentally and socially sound choice. The individuality of my pieces stems from this conscious decision, creating a synthesis of history, character and life-story within each of my works.


Please check out my website www.backstitched.com for past/sold work.

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy my shop!

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