Telluride, Colorado On Etsy since 2013


Telluride, Colorado | 7 Sales


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    Al Parker

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    Al Parker

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    On Etsy since 2013

    Reclaiming our Passion: The Aspen & Shiloh Story

    Designing and making bags has always held a special place in my heart. Constantly inspired by things I see every day, I sketch quickly and hastily in my little sketchbook until I can sit down and call my Mom. She is the Shiloh to my Aspen. I have the vision, the inspiration, and she is the wonderfully skilled hands that bring my ideas to fruition. We started by making bags for ourselves, finding peace and renewed passion in sharing the creative process together. Creating bags together brought us both such joy that we decided to share our creations with other people with a love for the handmade and I knew that Etsy would be the perfect platform for us to do so.
    Every Aspen & Shiloh bag is born in my sketch book on my little farm in North Texas. From there, the design travels via picture, text message, email, occasionally even snail mail to my mother's hands in Norwood, Colorado, a small town just outside of Telluride. Our process is a long one because of our distance from one another, but a fully collaborative one. When we are not able to be physically together we are talking or texting each other. We are constantly expecting packages from each other. I make frequent trips to spend time in our mountain studio, and she comes to visit my little Texas farm when she needs to reconnect. A dedicated hunter, my mother only eats meat she has harvested herself. As a result, all of our bags using Elk or Doe hide have been from animals that she harvested responsibly, with nothing going to waste. All of the coffee bag burlap used in our bags comes from the roasting outfit a few doors down from our studio where we watch as bags go from being full of raw beans to becoming the material in one of our large tote bags. We are both thrift shop junkies, and will reclaim and reuse materials whenever we can, whether it be an old tooled leather belt or vintage horse tack from the old barn.
    We take immense pride in our work and are humbled by the love and support of our friends and family. Creating bags and reinventing our materials has truly become a way for my mother and I to reconnect and reclaim our love for each other, for art, and for all of the relationships we are lucky enough to make along the way.

    With Love,
    Alyssa & Sharon
    Aspen & Shiloh Bag Co.

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