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I have been making and creating things for as long as I can remember. I started drawing everything in sight, and sewing dolls clothes when I was very little. I got bored easily (still do!) and drove my parents crazy, always wanting to create something new or wondered how things worked. Throughout my life I have worked in many mediums: music and writing, porcelain and clay, drawing, painting, wood, leather craft, knitting, sewing, stained glass and torch work. I dream of the day when I can just create full-time and get lost in my own world. Until that day, I am a graphic designer by trade... because well, I gotta pay the bills somehow...

I started repurposing travel cases several years ago, mostly because: I couldn’t find anything I liked, I got sick of supporting mainstream corporate companies, and I really LOVE recycing as much as I possibly can. After getting accosted by…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 22
  • Joined July 5, 2009

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Glass, leather, tissues and paper, velvet, rusted things, wood, hand spun wool, natural fibers

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About

I have been making and creating things for as long as I can remember. I started drawing everything in sight, and sewing dolls clothes when I was very little. I got bored easily (still do!) and drove my parents crazy, always wanting to create something new or wondered how things worked. Throughout my life I have worked in many mediums: music and writing, porcelain and clay, drawing, painting, wood, leather craft, knitting, sewing, stained glass and torch work. I dream of the day when I can just create full-time and get lost in my own world. Until that day, I am a graphic designer by trade... because well, I gotta pay the bills somehow...

I started repurposing travel cases several years ago, mostly because: I couldn’t find anything I liked, I got sick of supporting mainstream corporate companies, and I really LOVE recycing as much as I possibly can. After getting accosted by several ladies in different airports, all who wanted to buy my train cases, I decided to start making more. And selling them.

My love of all things antique and old must have begun when I was a child. I was crushed that not one person in my family had an old dusty attic for me to roam around in. Now, I do live in an old house—which I love, with a messy attic full of things that need repurposing. Because of this, I am a devoted antique fan and collector. I am completely fascinated by the past (you mean people brushed their teeth with boar brushes?) and all of the oddities that were part of everyday life. I must have been a sociologist in a past life...

I do hope that you enjoy my items. Many, many hours go into each train or travel case. All of the cases are varnished internally for protection, most wallpapering has been lovingly stained and designed. I try to credit any art that I haven’t made myself. I always use at least one vintage item, a key, locket, pocket watch, train tag for example from the past. All of the cases I repair, oil and clean as much as I can. I am very picky about what style case I reuse, as they are mostly from the 1940s or earlier. I truly believe in “saving” them, for usually they have damage from either sitting in storage or from years of travel. Every little piece of ribbon or tissue finds a home and is recycled into a new art piece.

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