Handmade purses combine art and function. Each one is a unique creation. A handbag that is handmade becomes a one of a kind accessory to wear proudly or display as art – or both!
When you think of it, a handmade purse is really the ultimate designer purse. It is truly a one of a kind item. These handbags are made by human hands, not a robot in a factory. This puts a real personal touch on each and every item. There is value even in the flaws because they are personally made. Isn’t it interesting how a human caused flaw can increase the value of an item, but a machine produced flaw causes an item to lose value? Its reasons such as this that make owning handmade purses more valuable. Also, because they are handmade, they have value depending on who the designer, artist, or artisan is that produced the handbag.
Some artists and designers have gone on to become quite famous. Owning an original item from them goes up in value with the popularity of the designer. Often designers are born out of necessity. What I mean by this, is creative people who want an item and either can’t find exactly what they want, or cannot afford to buy an item, make their own. Their creative juices flow and they make such beautiful items that other people admire. This grows into people asking for the “designer” to make one for them. This can snowball into a full out career!
Did you know that the famous fashion designer, Mary McFadden started out making her own clothes? It is true. Ms. McFadden said while she was working in Africa as a journalist she had to make her own clothes out of necessity. Her personal clothes and designs became so popular people literally started buying the clothes off of her back. This lead to her making clothes for other people, and a new career was born.
Art and design influences often come through strong with these custom items. Geometric lines and color can remind us of mid-century modern art, while loose flowing material and curvy lines hint at the baroque style. Needlepoint handbags can be crafted in a way that reminds us of impressionism and pointillism.
So, the next time you see a unique handbag, ask yourself, “Are those handmade purses an accessory or art?”