Our February 2019 Guest artist is Claire Fowler who trades under the name of Jones and Ginger. She is exhibiting a selection of her re-purposed bags (Gladstone, shopping, handbag,) plus laptop covers, tech bags and wash bags and more.
Jones and Ginger was born out a change in direction summer 2018. I have sewn for decades but now have more time to play in the sewing room and be creative. I am drawn to designing and creating individual items from wonderful fabrics that are being re-imagined, re-purposed, recycled and re-loved. I enjoy taking time for the details…. the reclaimed pockets, the lining fabrics, the two sided straps and the smaller idiosyncratic elements that make up my bags. I am now a regular at charity shops where I source most of my fabrics ably helped by my Mum who has taken up the challenge of rummaging for fabulous fabric finds.
Equally I love the Welsh fabrics, be they the new patterns from Welsh Woollen Mills such as Melin Tregwynt in Pembrokeshire or Trefriw Mill in the Conwy Valley or the more traditional Welsh tapestry and blanket designs. When the two elements come together and I up-cycle a Welsh blanket then that seems perfect.
I have lived in Talybont for the past thirty years and when the weather is fine you will find me pottering in the garden or walking the hills, but luckily the Welsh weather allows plenty of time in the sewing room.