23 November 2009

forestbound bags

Just arrived are sword+fern's very own collection of 10 FORESTBOUND bags, by Alice Saunders of Massachusetts. Each one has their own hand-typed tag explaining where the raw materials came from to make the bag. Alice uses exclusively found and salvaged materials - like worn in and softened canvas from WW11 mail and laundry bags- to create durable, utilitarian tote bags. great effort is put into hunting for well-worn historic textiles and hardware throughout New England. Much time and care is spent working with these unique materials to make every Forestbound bag one of a kind. I especially love the tiny details like stitched-over holes, original stamped lettering and numbering, and antiqued brass grommets and closures. These are very special. Thank you, Alice!

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