I am a craftsperson, a hoarder, an observer, a beachcomber. This manifests in a desire to restore status to the neglected, rejected or overlooked. I use reclaimed fabric and predominantly reclaimed leather for my handmade bags, wallets and purses; pre-loved belts become straps whilst distinctive buttons are rescued from forgotten tins. This amalgamation of rediscovered elements offers an intriguing puzzle for myself the maker and instils my work with an essence of revival. As each item is thoughtfully assembled and sewn together it becomes a joyful reincarnation of the disregarded or half-forgotten. the result is a finished piece that completely unique, like you.
I have always been a bit of a perfectionist with a keen eye for detail, and setting up the Pocket Pirate has heightened my appreciation and execution of a well-finished project. I am of the mind that whilst a good idea is integral, it goes hand in hand with manifesting that idea in a product of the highest possible quality. Similarly, whilst a functional item does not have to be beautiful, I believe it should be! These are things that influence me on a day-to-day basis in my work.
Reclaimed swatch books provide beautiful new materials in many sizes, patterns & colours – perfect for my accessories.
Lots of my leather comes from obsolete sample books which would normally be thrown away or remnant offcuts from other industries.
I source most of my buttons from large reclaimed collections – hours of digging through so much buried treasure!
Charity shops are an Aladdin’s cave of things waiting to be remade…donated fabrics make perfect candidates.
Pre-loved belts make lovely strong straps for messenger bags & handbags, all whilst adding character.
Even if the belt is beyond re-use, unusual buckles are ideal for making adjustable straps more interesting.
My brother loved the wallet and so has everyone else I’ve shown! Thank you so so much for making it for him. If its OK I’m going to be recommending you to all of my friends!? I’ll be in contact again for different gifts!
What a lovely surprise came to my cottage today. A beautiful bag made for me by Alys. It’s not a mere handbag, it’s a work of art. I am thrilled with it. Great size for carrying all my stuff to work. Everything I asked for, in practical terms, and so much more in beauty for the eye.