Twice the Bag

katy schmidt yellow purse 430x843 - Twice the BagI love reversible items. They give you the option of changing up your look without having to have purchased additional accoutrements. So if you are thinking about a polymer-covered clutch, why not cover each side in a different look for versatility?

Katy Schmitt did just that with two distinct looks on this oval clutch. One side uses a yellow into gray blend with reversed swaths of the graduated color, making the purse look like it is glowing from within. This side is simple, understated and yet sophisticated and eye-catching nonetheless. It would make a great accent for that little black dress or even a long pale one.

The reserve side is more pattern and energy than light and glowing. She has kept the feather-like pattern flowing to the right and downward so that even with all that pattern, it looks calm and flowing rather than frenetic. This side of the clutch looks like it would go with you on a summer day outing or to a garden party, should you ever have the occasion to attend one. The two sides make this a year-round handbag option and so twice the bag for your buck.

Reversible pieces can also be a boon to your business. That would be true especially this time of year when people are looking for that knock-out piece for the big party but are hesitant to spend too much. Create work with both a dressy and a casual side so the buyer can envision wearing it more than once, thus better justifying the purchase. And it is always kind of fun to turn a piece over at your craft booth to show them the other side. People just get a kick out that.

For more ideas on covered clutches and more of Katy’s work go to her her Flickr photostream or her website.

Nature Undermines Manmade

4550598629_7685782db6I was hoping to find a piece as crowded with random repeated elements as we’ve had the last two days, but without the obvious organic element to see how that affects the design. However, that has been rather hard to find. Once the repetition is applied in random order, any man-made, machined or polished characteristics of the elements start to lose their innate sense of precision and inanimate nature. It would seem that the randomness itself speaks to us of nature. Then I found this piece by Katy Schmitt that is shiny, polished and bright, but the crowded design actually has some order to it. Yet, it still has a subtle, but definite organic nature to it. Why is that?

Well, there are a couple glaring things here. One, the overlapping application is reminiscent of natural things like scales and pine cones. And the colors and circling design of the canes are basically peacock feather eyes. Nature, of course, has it’s own orderly design that we also gravitate to. Repeated, crowded and yet, orderly; however, not perfect as in machined, but perfectly natural.

Orderly and natural combined elements dominant Katy’s work. Enjoy more of her work on her Flickr photostream and her own website.

 

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