This is my road side shanty, where I sell my handmade pouches. The pouches are useful to store precious items and stash your smart phone beautifully. I don’t set prices, it’s up to you what you want to donate. Because I want to grow, gain attention and built something bigger. This is what ignited my thoughts: A peek behind woman in disadvantaged situations.
I would like you to have a look at what I made from findings along the road and I invite you to lighten my load.
Road Kill Carrier
Measurements: diameter of worked up patch 20 centimeter/7.8 inch. Diameter of total 34 centimeter/13.4 inch. Hairs used: roadkill rabbit, nutria, fox, and bird of prey. And probably naturally deceased nandu (ostrich). Textile: blue synthetic faded piece found on the road. Lining, blue cotton fabric. The drawstring is made from a cluster of cotton threads, bought in Paraguay.
This pouch is elaborately stitched with a sensitive material and therefore it can not function as where it was inspired on. Instead I thought of this pouch as an eye-catcher which can be hung in a place where you will work, where you might sit and contemplate, where you will walk past on your daily tasks. And each time your eyes will meet the beauty of this delicately embroidered piece it might carry you away, where ever you wish to. It could contain things precious to you (when I am allowed to think out loud, I come up with the ashes of a beloved one, or his or her jewelry, old coins, shells found on windswept beaches, stones from high altitude, your first baby socks).
Measurements: 11 x 14.5 centimeter/4.3 x 5.7 inch. Hairs used: skunk. Textile used: an old cotton garment originating from Asia and found on a Mennonite farm in Paraguay.
Thoroughly Stitched Through
Measurements: 11 x 19 centimeter/4.3 x 7.5 inch.
Textile used: cotton with a tiny bit synthetic. The drawstring is made from a cluster of cotton thread. This has become the ultimate; useful, beautiful, detailed and clean! There are no animal hairs used thus it is a pouch meant to be used well. You may want to store your (sun-) glasses or phone in it.
This would be a pouch to store all sort of items, best not to stagger around too much with, and preferable with a separate drawstring bag. But I was out of patience to add any addition to it. The smell of this pouch is quite robust and enchanting (no trace of glue, solely roaming animal odor). Worked on in Argentina and Chile. Used materials: faded jeans, worn out legging (as liner), cacti needle, goat hair, sheep hair, bicycle repair glue, embroidery threads. Measurement: 15 x 19 cm/5.91 x 7.48 inch.
Alpaca Wooly SHIPPED
Items such as expensive brushes could be rolled into, or lightweight tools, or even a small flexible solar panel. You see, it hás to be useful somehow. The best of all is the purity and softness of this piece, to press it against your face is an experience of heavenly spheres. Worked on in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. Used materials: blue jeans, worn tank top (as liner), alpaca wool, glass beads, embroidery threads, regular yarn, ready-made sheep wool yarn. Measurement: 40 x 25 cm/15.75 x 9.84 inch.
With cycling through boring countries planted with eucalyptus forests I soon had a new design ready. I wanted it to be quick so I wouldn’t spend half a year on one design. An ultra simple pouch with drawstring to close it. Inspired on a most simple design, as how I remembered it, carried by poor elderly people in India. Worked on in Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. Used materials: faded workman clothing, old T-shirt (as liner) and embroidery threads. I used an eucalyptus leave as pattern. Measurement: 18 x 16 cm/7.09 x 6.30 inch.
Made on the road in Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. I used hemp cotton from Nepal (which I brought with me back home) on which I embroidered lama wool found in Argentina, deer tail hair and wild skunk pig -peccary- hairs from Paraguay. The closing cord is braided from my own old sun-faded blouse, as well as the lining of the pouch. Measurements (closed): 20 x 12.5 centimeter/ 7.87 x 4.92 inch.
Made on the road in Argentina and Chile. The strongly faded seam in the pouch is from a short lying in the desert. My eyes immediately were attracted to the purple, so picked it up despite its faded parts. It took me three different trials before I came with the globe as design to fill up with skunk peccary hairs. The inside of the pouch is made from a black T-shirt which I found along the road and has a long draw string with a lava stone attached to both ends. The inside pouch is double the size as the outside, to fold your stuff into. I thought it a nice, different way of safe keeping your USB sticks. Measurements: 13 x 8,5 x 2 centimeter/5.12 x 3.35 x 0.79 inch.
Made on the road in Peru and Chile. I used hemp cotton from Nepal again and embroidered it with regular thread but in an ancient native design I’ve seen in a museum in Peru. The lining is made from my own legging I cycled in for a few years. The bottom is made from a curtain I found along the road. The green draw string is thread from a small town in the semi desert in Paraguay. Measurements: 15 x 14 centimeter/ 5.91 x 5.51 inch.
Soft Shell PRESENTED
Made on the road in Chile and Argentina. Created from my own broken pair of trousers. The orange lining is from a T-shirt I found along the road on Ruta 40 in Argentina. This pouch would work nice to keep your money, and a smaller smart phone. It is embroidered in- and outside with the pattern of a shell I found in the Atacama desert of Chile. It has a macramé cord to close the pouch. Measurements (closed): 13,5 x 8.5 centimeter/5.31 x 3.35 inch.
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