Brie Neilson Handmade

Originally from Vancouver, I am an artist and designer working out of my Nelson, BC home studio.

After having kids, making these bags became a way to be creative in short bursts of time. I am originally a painter but finding the time to set up and tear down became hard to do with two young children. My mother-an amazing seamstress and interior designer-taught me to sew as a kid so it only seemed natural to combine my passions into a creative practice.

Many years ago I began making bags from found and collected materials such as fabric samples, bits and pieces from my mother's design projects and off cuts from the upholsterer. I liked (and still do) making use of discarded materials, allowing the odd shapes and sizes to direct the design of the bag to create functional, one-of-a-kind objects.

When it came to getting more serious about my business, I wanted to design a product that I could reproduce in small batches, but that would still have that handmade charm.  Painting quick, expressive prints and patterns on fabric was the answer to this!

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