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ilyware

Fashion that responds

York, England 0 Sales On Etsy since 2013

Christine Farion

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Christine Farion

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Fashion & Technology. What are you waiting for?

Since I can remember I've been a geek and from those early days of being (the only girl!) in the afterschool computer club, I've wanted to see how I could mix a love of fashion and design. For me, creating personal bags with technology embedded seems the most delicious mix!

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I feel so lucky to be doing what I love and this mix of fashion and tech means I.....

- I shop for & buy awesome 1950s handbags
- ditto with amazing fabrics :-)
- Look online at the amazing electrical components and think of ways to use them with the bags
- You don't see it - but I program the circuit boards to do fab things
- With solder on some of the components
- And then I plan how the components will fit & sew the bags
- Researching beautiful packaging & materials & smells
- Every bag I make I would keep for myself - and actually, that's my test of when the bag is ready - will I find it hard to put the bag on the product pages because I love it so much and would keep it!

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A little bit about my process...

I live in the beautiful city of York, UK (I am from Winnipeg, Canada) and for me I like to spend a lot of time looking for the right bag to modify. I get to walk down the lovely cobbled streets, where the colours themselves are inspirational, looking for wonderful materials and bags. To start with - they have to have good interiors, I want a bag that I would be happy to put my own items into. Then I look at different materials that they can be made out of, particularly I like the bags that have a really nice solid shell, so they are typically classic bags. I really need to find the right bag first before I can modify it.

I then love to spend time thinking of creating the surface area that I will be sewing the components to. The components are sewn on with thin 3 core wire and so this does affect the material choices available to me. I also like to think of the colours of lights I might put on the bag and how they will work together.

For the bags that have circuit boards, I also have to program them. This involves hooking up the boards to my computer and using my software, I plan what the board will be doing. I then write the code, check for errors - I do this a lot - and then I upload it to the board. This is a process that can take a while especially if it is a new feature or function of the bag. Everything needs testing before it's sewn so I have a lot of funky crocodile clips to hand as well as prototyping boards!

My working area is a real mix of sewing kit and proper tools!

When it's all planned out and programmed, I map out the bag area where the pockets will go and make the pattern. These are typically done with several pieces of fabric and I always love making the inside of the pocket with a beautiful piece of fabric. I know that this really will only be seen by you and me but I always think of it as a nice bit of luxury.

Once the materials are sewn, and then the components are sewn in, I then hook it up to the battery pack and be sure it's all working as it should. Every time I do this I get a little buzz of how pleased I am when I see a bag working. I'll never tire of that.

The bags are then photographed and I plan the packaging as much as I can, it may be a gift so I'll add a hand written card too if you'd like.

The bags are always noticed when out and about, and they are a real treasure to make.

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  • Christine Farion

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I make delicious handbags that mix my love of technology with classic fashion ❤ I'm Canadian, living in beautiful York, UK. I'm a PhD candidate at QMUL. studying Physical Computing, Distributed Cognition & Forgetfulness. Popcorn Eater.

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Last updated on 18 Apr, 2017
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Unit 2a, Fulford Business Centre, 35 Hospital Fields Road
Fulford, York YO10 4DZ
United Kingdom