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It’s good to see you!

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 … Continue reading It’s good to see you!

A new community collaboration

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 … Continue reading A new community collaboration

Go walkabout

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 … Continue reading Go walkabout

Corona City

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 … Continue reading Corona City

Going out, going local

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 … Continue reading Going out, going local

Doing our bit

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 … Continue reading Doing our bit

Block printing at Ditchling

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 … Continue reading Block printing at Ditchling


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