The idea of designing a collection of bags that is beautiful but also responsible came to me after reading an article about the harmful impact that the textile and clothing industry has had on the environment.
My idea was to up-cycle textile remnants (that otherwise would end up in landfills) to make one-of-a-kind bags. I met with several top Interior Designers in Santa Fe and they all graciously agreed to give me their remnant fabrics. When I mentioned this idea to a few close friends, they loved the concept and gifted me their textile remnants too.
"Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value."
For a textile freak like me, it felt like Christmas Day! The remnants that I have been given are incredible! They all are beautiful and are now being put to good use! Below are some of the bags I've made from the remnants so far.
Thank you David Naylor, French & French Interiors, and Reside Home and my friends Jenny, Eva, and Pamela for your gift of textiles.
Responsibility has never looked so good!
It’s January, but I’m already thinking about spring and summer 2017! I’ve been working on new designs and focusing on clean patterns and bright colors. I’ve been combining all my loves: painting, sewing and designing in this latest collection of Bags.
I’ve fallen in love with a certain Bee Pattern. What is it about Bees that make me so happy? Maybe it's how hard working they are? Maybe it's how cute they are? Maybe it's just how important they are to us humans. I love incorporating them into my designs!
I’ve added a little sparkle to the paint to make them shine. After all, who doesn't love a little sparkle?
Ami Style is showing new bags and home furnishings at a three day show at Kit Carson Park in scenic Taos, NM. Great weather, great crowds, and happy new customers! It doesn't get much better than this.