"Handbags are like chocolates, one is never enough." And when it comes to the handbags designed by Elizaclare, I couldn't agree more. I came across this shop on one of my browsing sessions last week and just had to learn more about it. Elizaclare is a mother, Sally, and daughters, Samantha and Emma, team of textile artists from Australia. Samantha was kind enough to share some information about their process and experience.
What made you decide to work together?
"We are all creative and like similar things. Plus we work well together and have always bounced ideas off each other - so it was a natural thing to start to work together : ) Very organic."
Tell me about your backgrounds in art.
"Mum (Sally) has worked as a textiles teacher and textile artist for the last 35 years! Emma and I inherited good genes and have always been 'arty' and 'crafty'. "
What do each of you contribute to the team and shop?
"We each contribute different things. Mum has extensive knowledge in materials and construction and techniques and is always the one to help us work out the 'how to' of our designs. I design a large part of our work and cover the web and business side of things as well as putting our pieces together. Emma designs and constructs and is great with tiny details : )"
Do you sell your items anywhere besides Etsy?
"We sell our bags w/sale to retail shops and have been involved with Australian Fashion Weeks. We also sell online at www.elizaclare.com as well as at Etsy and we sell (retail) locally through some posh markets and through word of mouth."
What inspires you?
"I have to say the three of us have great imaginations and are generally inspired by everything! We take what is around us at any given time and design from there : )"
You can learn more about this dynamic trio from their blog...