A Heather Bag
My work with fabrics began in my teens in the 80's in NYC where I grew up. I lived near a clothing recycling warehouse that sold used clothing for 65 cents a pound. I bought a lot of vintage clothing tapestries and denim jackets there. Then I would decorate the denim jackets with a variety of the fabrics I found at the warehouse. I would then sell them on the SOHO sidewalks and in boutiques.
One time I saw one of my jackets being worn by a famous metal rock guitarist on the cover of a metal rock magazine!
I then moved to Philadelphia in the late 80's and continued to make the decorated jackets.
From there my jackets evolved into handbags still with the theme of combining a layer of different patterns and textures. When I set out to create my bags, I gather up my fabrics and spread them out on a large surface and start mixing and matching them. It all seems chaotic at first, but the blends quickly start making sense.
I mostly use reclaimed fabrics, fabric samples and remnants of discontinued fabrics. I will also adorn them with a stack of buttons. Some are vintage and some are new.
I am now living in Swarthmore with my 3 younger children. My youngest is in love with dragons and has inspired me to make my newest line of crafts...Stick Dragons! Also known as Dragon Riders, they are my version of a Hobby Horse. I collect fallen sticks and branches or bamboo for the dragons and create their heads out of reclaimed fabrics. And upon the request of my dragon muse, each dragon comes with a short story.
I am having a lot of fun making them and am excited to make new creations out of found and reclaimed objects.
You can see more work by Heather Femine on her Facebook page.