Archive for August, 2010

Here are two new bags that I made today.  The Track Star Purse and a custom order Man Purse. 
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The Track Star Purse is made from my old high school Cross Country shoe and a Chicken Feed Sack.  I was wanting to make a bag from running shoes and when we were at my folks’ place last weekend, Erika saw me getting ready to throw the shoes away, said ‘You can’t chuck those, they are perfect!’ 

 

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A pocket trimmed with inner tube balances out the other side. 

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The shoe makes a perfect cellphone or wallet pocket. 

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This bag is a variation on the hemp canvas canteen slings that I was making a few weeks ago.   It can be slung over the shoulder or carried like a toolbelt.  The only real difference from the previous incarnations is a flap over the outer pockets.

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Flap – been liking asymmetry with these pouches.

 

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The canvas is hemp, from old German Army duffel bags. 

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Wear it well, Papa! 

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Outer pockets

 

Just made a bag for a guy named Rob who is starting a year of silence.
We met him at the Chikoko yard sale last weekend, and he wanted a bag to carry his whiteboard, pens, and journal around in.
I made this tonight out of hemp canvas and old camo shirts. 
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 The Shop

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Bag Detail 

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Silent Rob and Seamonster Art

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Just made a bag for a guy named Rob who is starting a year of silence.
We met him at the Chikoko yard sale last weekend, and he wanted a bag to carry his whiteboard, pens, and journal around in.
I made this tonight out of hemp canvas and old camo shirts. 
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 The Shop

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Bag Detail 

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Silent Rob and Seamonster Art

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Here is an article that was published about us in our local newspaper last week.

ReUp Leather Pants

Posted: August 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Had a pair of Black Leather Pants with enough leather in each leg below one scuffed knee to make matching belt pouches.
First full leather bags that I have made, I think.  After wrestling fire hose for a year, leather stitches like a dream.
For sale at the Chikoko Yard Sale tomorrow – size 32.

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Had some work meetings in the city this week that lined up with one of my Aunt Betsy’s Trunk Shows.  She is on a West Coast tour, selling her clothing at shows that she sets up in hotel suites in LA and SFO.  We saw her in March, at her shop in KCKC, but I have never actually been to one of her traveling shows.  I got to spend an evening and morning with Betsy between work meetings.  She is fearless, and is a good guide.  She grew up in the Bay Area and knows the city well.

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On my way to my meeting in Berkeley I walked past the house that we lived in until I was 5.  It is still the funkiest neighborhood I passed thru, this is in front of our old house.

 

Had fun field-testing the utility belts in the city and enjoyed looking at what other people were carrying.  They work pretty much just like good cargo pockets, but you don’t have stuff banging on your knees.  I need one that is just a touch larger, and need to make some with snaps or other closures, they felt pretty pickpocketable.

 

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Betsy with her jackets.  They are a mix of vintage silk from recycled kimono, and modern Japanese and Italian fabrics.  Clients try them on, and then can pick different fabrics and order a custom one, or have them custom tailored to fit.  Betsy was traveling with her patternmaker Angela, who measures, pins, tailors, takes notes for the girls in the shop back in KC.

 

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Parallel-stitching on a collage of vintage kimono fabrics.

 

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They use every scrap.

 

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Jackets 

 

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This is a modern fabric from a Japanese textile house called Nuno. 

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I love this one.

 

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Collage of Nuno fabric and Indian silk.

 

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Aunt Betsy 

We had pisco sours and then walked to the end of the pier by the Ferry building.  She told me a story about riding on a Matson Lines freighter back from Taiwan in 1969 with a bunch of her antiques.  13 days reading on the deck, she arrived with the best tan of her life.

 

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I slept on a rollaway in the ‘shop’ room of the suite, and woke up looking at antique silks.

 

I love the frayed edges, and the idea that people will pay a lot of money for something that looks like it was made by hand.  She has given us some ideas to play with like this.

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SFO 
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We stopped to look at my Grandma’s old house and got a flat tire there, so had some time to look around – met a neighbor that remembered my Oma, who moved away 30 years ago. 
 

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Betsy and Angela (patternmaker) near my Grandma’s old house above Haight Ashbury.   

Fire Hose Kanteen Pouches

Posted: August 14, 2010 in Uncategorized
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We just got some great new hose to work with – it is light blue!  The inside has this great watercolored look to it.  Very nice! Also using some red truck-tarp cut out of an old bounce-house dirtbag-dumped on Honcut Road.  

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Made some kanteen pouches – this one has old bike slick in it.

 

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Been missing red for a long time. 

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Triangle motif continues

 

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Oh that blue!