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In about 1984ish, I was in a second-hand store and I saw, (and purchased), a pin that was basically a button form covered with some kind of vintage fabric.  It wasn’t constructed well and, I thought to myself, “I can do better than this”.

 I then started looking for vintage Asian textiles.


Going forward a little bit in time, I was at a party with friends and met Kitty Noble. 

She had been designing and working with vintage Japanese kimono fabric.  She told me that she had small scraps of fabric that I could have.  I went to her studio began making jewelry using scraps.  I had been weaving for some time and then started experimenting with pin weaving with the scraps.  Kitty and I began our collaboration.

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It is a personal style and approach.  

 The woven purse is a flat-weaving or pin weaving; takes a lot of ironing and placement of the materials.

For other woven purses, I use the loom and use the concept of weaving called Sakiori.  It is basically rag weaving and can extend the life of a textile by cutting the fabric in a continual strip and then weaving it as the weft of a fabric.

I also make the same purse shape using shredded floor waste from my studio; the floor waste is the fabrics that

are leftover from my cutting table, they are then shredded and then reconstituted into new fabric.  

Lastly, I piece various fabrics together to form a new fabric that is cut into a variety of purse forms.

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Purses are currently sold at:


JANM (Japanese American National Museum) - Los Angeles

Craft Contemporary - Los Angeles

Imagine Artful Things -  Montecito

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