I have to tell you, I am completely in love with these bags. For my newest collection I've had the pleasure of collaborating with my lovely friend, Melanie Hudson. Melanie is a rock star of hand lettered illustrations. And she works in much the same manner as I do: meticulously.
The new screen printed totes were inspired by the recent coming of the Gay Games to Cleveland. Melanie and I wanted the totes to speak to the essence of how we saw the Games. And we wanted to say something that resonated year round, something that celebrated the ideals of the Gay Games, but wasn’t limited by its time and place. Be True and Love is Love are beautiful statements, in my eyes. Not just “words to live by” as they say, but words to share with others. Words that Melanie’s gorgeous illustrations bring to life.
The ogee and stripe patterned fabrics I used to line the totes, fresh out of the dryer.
I’ve printed each of the two-color designs onto three different fabrics: two bright and bold colors, and one subtle neutral. But even though both designs are printed in the same colors, I’ve given each a distinct interior. Both linings come from the same fabric collection. They use the same rainbow colors and have a similar, paintbrushed style. Love is Love has a lining of a pretty pattern called ogee, which has a loose, rounded, argyle-like structure. And Be True is paired with a simple, strong stripe pattern. Both designs were printed in a small, limited edition run. And their numbers are already counting down. So if you love these totes as much as I do, don’t hesitate, stop by my online shop and pick one up.