Good morning, I am hoping that you are following this blog and watching as the purses become ready for posting. I am Debi Gajewski and I sit on the Niles Arts and Culture Advisory Council. I am so thrilled that they have chosen to sponsor an event that I came up with. When I first thought about the idea of repurposing purses found at resale stores...I discovered that it was going to be quite a challenge. I wanted the purses to be in excellent conditions. I cannot begin to tell you how many purses that required me to inspect. After a number of months and a plethora of visits to local resale shops, I found some amazing purses to use for a makeover. I am so grateful to have artists who were willing to donate their time and expertise in creating works of art. I will be posting a purse a week here on the blog with some info on what may have inspired their amazing and wonderful designs. The purses will go on a traveling display beginning will the Niles Historical Museum (they will also have a vintage display of purses for you to enjoy as well.) then onto the Niles Library, an appearance at the Holly Jolly Tree Lighting Event, back to the museum and finally auctioned off on Dec. 2nd at the Niles Senior Center. I am hoping that you will come out and view them and hopefully one will speak to you and you will have the desire to bid on one...maybe two at the auction. All the monies generated will go to the Wings charity so that it will help repurpose lives. A great charity and their work is so commendable. I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with them on this project. As for today's purse, I am once again the artist. I was inspired by the shape of the purse as well as its layers in the front. My love of water and beauty of water falls is what inspired this purse. I enjoyed including the splash at the bottom of the falls.
The paint that I used is absolutely wonderful in painting this purse. I used DecoArt's So-Soft Fabric paint and DecoArt's Leather Paint. These paints are fabulous to work with. They allow for movement and does not crack. The colors are vibrant and easy to blend.
I hope that you enjoy this particular purse and if this is your first time reading the blog, I implore you to read the others and view the other purses. I hope you will come back each week and enjoy going on this journey with me. So here you go....purse #3...WATERS Fall.