Here at Bledsoe Bags we’re missing the craft fairs and festivals that let us meet customers and show our work and hear their stories. We don’t thrive in an online environment, and our bags don’t either. Like our customers, our bags are one-off pieces, unique individuals with their own personalities. We use a lot of sample pieces, remnants, and reclaimed fabric along with new fabric … Continue reading It’s good to see you!
…and about Jackie, and Boxy, and Dot. These are all names we’ve given to our bags over the years, usually in a random way named after a childhood friend, a son/nephew’s girlfriend, and our favourite dog. Just a bit of fun. Naming the Dot after our mother Dorothy (nicknamed Dot) wasn’t random, since she designed it so she could have hands-free access to her phone. … Continue reading We need to talk about Christina….
In Fulham, we’ve been collaborating with a local artist to produce a limited edition of Bledsoe’s popular walkabout bags and facemasks. Jane Bristowe creates stunning linocut prints that bring out the characters of animals, and we’ve worked with her to produce fabric from her amazingly characterful dog prints. This has been an organically evolving collaboration – the first for us at Bledsoe Bags, and so … Continue reading A new community collaboration
….but sometimes it is. Sometimes a bit of black and white and a spot of red brings some certainty to an uncertain world. We’ve made some beautiful sturdy bags (for going back to school and work) featuring black and white and red – backpacks, tote bags, and our handy walkabouts with matching facemask. Read more about our backpacks. Read more about our tote bags. Read … Continue reading It’s not always black and white….
Walking is a subversive activity. In his book Psychogeography, Merlin Coverley writes of ‘the democratic importance of the street-level perspective to be gained from walking the city and reconnecting with individual life’ – in contrast with the omniscient architect or planner viewing from above, the walker sees the totality from the street, ‘restoring the primacy of the street’. Being an urban explorer depends on a … Continue reading Go walkabout
It seems we’re now in a place, all over the world, where people are having to make their own individual and very personal risk assessments and decide for themselves what they’re willing to do in terms of being out in the world. Unless you’re in a re-locked down area (Leicester, Melbourne), the guidance about where and how far you can go, and with whom … Continue reading For the intrepid and the wary
Like many other cities around the world, London is beginning to open, to move again, awakening from its hibernation. As welcome as it is to see friends and neighbours again, and to sense the back of a haunting fear felt by so many, there’s also a creeping sense of nostalgia for lockdown days. The stark inequities exposed by Covid-19 meant that not everyone revelled in … Continue reading Corona City
These are strange times, hard times, but also times to take up opportunities when they arise. We’ve joined a lovely creative collective, a local place here in west London called Couture Collective that supports artist-makers with workspace and display space. It’s wonderful to be sharing this space, thanks to a warm welcome from designer and shop-owner Antonia Pugh-Thomas. As people start venturing out, testing the … Continue reading Going out, going local
Doing our bit here at Bledsoe’s, making face coverings for friends and family, to help keep others safe. As the impressive Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, puts it so succinctly: ‘I wear a mask to protect you, and you wear a mask to protect me’. And now with Nancy Pelosi rocking the stylish face mask look, what’s not … Continue reading Doing our bit
Handprinted fabric bags A special line of Bledsoe’s bags, made in summer 2019 from hand-printed fabric using natural dyes and inspired by the Women’s Work exhibition at Ditchling Museum of Art+Craft in East Sussex. The fabric-printing workshop was led by Sarah Burns, pattern maker and co-author of a wonderful recent book on textile printers Phyllis Barron and Dorothy Larcher. And more Bledsoe bags from handprinted fabric, from … Continue reading Block printing at Ditchling