‘Everything I did, I saw it through a tropical eye’, said textile designer Althea McNish. ‘I am a citizen of the world and I am multicultural.’ We love the sentiment and are inspired by her work, and we’ve produced a limited edition range using her vibrant patterns that revolutionised postwar design in Britain. McNish (1924-2020) came to the UK from Trinidad in 1950 and became … Continue reading ‘I am a citizen of the world…’
Read on to find out more about our upcoming in-person events….and to get a feel for the delights of upcycling….. Transformations It’s satisfying to turn a piece of clothing, no longer wanted, into a much-wanted Bledsoe Bag! We find you need to let the piece sit a while until it speaks to you, telling you what kind of bag it wants to be. Or bags! … Continue reading Spring events…and more upcycling action
Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters! January always brings a blend of remorse and anticipation, we find, and this year even more so given that we’re still, yes still, riding the coronacoaster. Who would have thought Covid-19 would become Covid-22? But there are reasons to be cheerful. Some folks are beginning to feel confident in making plans, hopeful that lockdowns are behind … Continue reading Welcome to 2022!
We’re making wearable art with our two new artist-maker collaborations! The Lobster Series and Tonal Dance Bledsoe Bags has teamed up with linoprint artist Jane Bristowe for a limited-edition collaboration – The Lobster Series. Jane is a Fulham-based artist whose work we’ve featured before in our Dog Walkabout bag and our Curious Cat/Ginger Cat storage basket. We’re making Bledsoe’s signature Walkabout phone bags as well as pencil/glasses cases, gadget … Continue reading Wearable art
‘Take me outside, sit in the green gardenNobody out there, but it’s okay nowBathe in the sunlight, don’t mind if rain fallsTake me outside, sit in the green garden…’ We love Laura Mvula’s ‘Green Garden’, her love song to nature. She has said her 2013 song celebrates the creative influence of her childhood back garden in the suburbs of Birmingham, England: “When we moved to our … Continue reading Green garden
With the gradual reopening of life in London, this week we were able to open up the shop again at Couture Collective. What a pleasure it is to be able to welcome people back in, to hear how they’ve been, to reconnect. It’s been a long dark slog of a winter, but things seem to be brightening up. One thing that’s clear is that we … Continue reading Talking shop
Hello friends and supporters! The dog days are over, and what fun they were! We’ve loved doing this Bledsoe & Bristowe limited edition collaboration with Fulham linocut artist @jane_bristowe! We worked together to have her dog designs printed onto fabric, which we used to make our popular walkabout phone bag and matching facemask. We decided to use the collaboration to support the Mayhew, a charity … Continue reading The dog days are over!
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