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About FunkyThistleTextiles

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Melanie Murphy and the Evolution of Funky Thistle

Funky Thistle is fuelled by a love of textiles. My love of working with fabrics began as a child and led me to pursue a BFA in Fine and Studio Arts at NASCAD University in Halifax, NS. I had the opportunity at this time to explore different medium but I was continually drawn to textiles. They offer combinations of textures, colours and patterns that are endless and this makes it such an inspiring medium to work with.

Funky Thistle and the messenger bags I am known for evolved in 2005 while living in the spectacular town in Canmore, Alberta. I wanted to create something perfect for those looking for slow fashion, pieces that are fun and unique and also durable and practical.

Many Funky Thistle bags feature an appliqué carefully cut with very sharp scissors and sewn onto the bags. I continue to add new images to my collection. They often come from photos or original drawings.

Each piece is individually crafted with much consideration and attention detail. I strive for unique design and fine craftsmanship and above all I want to make beautiful things for the world.

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  • Melanie Murphy

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Lifetime crafter and maker of things for people to use and enjoy. Obtained a degree in Fine Arts from NASCAD University In Halifax, NS. As well as designing and making bags I work as chef at Chatter Creek Cat Skiing Lodge in the Canadian Rockies.

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