My friend Kerry has a lovely contemporary fold over bag.
It is something I have admired for some time but couldn’t justify buying as I really don’t need a new bag.
However my mind changed last week when we all went had into self isolation and I began to look for more things to do at home.
In my studio I was sorting through my small stock of floral fabric and found a piece of cotton/silk that was too small for a scarf or cushion but too valuable to discard.
Kerry’s fold over bag came to mind and so I accessed youtube for ‘how to’ patterns to make one.
Using two videos from Yoan Sewing Studio as well as a book I have by English bag maker, Debbie Shore, ‘Half Yard Bags and Purses, 2018, Search Press I proceeded to nut out the bag. I wanted a zipper closure at the top and decided to really test myself and added a zipper inside pocket as well as some extra pockets for a phone etc.
As well as my cotton/silk piece I used (from my plain coloured fabric stash) some red cotton fabric for the lining and some gorgeous boiled wool in black to sew onto the small piece of my cotton/silk fabric design.
It ended up taking me over a week, some days working on it for several hours and other days just an hour before dinner.
In the end I am happy with it and look forward to the day when I can wear it out.
In these challenging times, we are going to create an online exhibition as a way of sharing work and encouraging art-making.
The aim each week will be to program a diverse exhibition, showing a variety of artistic expression. We need work that can be put in an online gallery so we’re after a single still image (jpg) – it can be a photograph, a photograph of an artwork or a digital image and you may include text.
We encourage all artists living, working or studying in the City of Greater Bendigo to participate.
We’d love as many people to get involved as possible – so if you’re young or someone who hasn’t exhibited before we’d encourage you to send something in.
The gallery will be curated by the team at Creative Communites, Bendigo Venues & Events
There’s no theme, and the only limit is that we’re after work created recently – ideally within the past week.
Brief artist statement (no more than 50 words – Optional)
We need this by 9am each Monday – we’ll make a selection and update the gallery on Tuesday
You can submit one each week.
Please pass this invitation on to anyone who might be interested.
We’re still getting the web page prepared – it will be part of the Bendigo Venues & Events website. We’ll also include the selected artwork in an email each week. For the time being we’re going to limit what we post on social media – we appreciate that at this time many people are avoiding social media sites – and we respect that.