We're excited to bring you another in a series of profiles to introduce you to a few of our artisans coming to the 7th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show on Saturday and Sunday, November 28th-29th. This is just one in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Sarah from Ellie Jane Bags and her response to a mini-questionnaire.
1). What's your name and what is it that you make?
My name is Sarah Larson of Ellie Jane Bags and I sew waxed canvas bags with leather detailing. Waxed canvas has been around for a really long time but I when I stumbled upon it, I knew it was the perfect material for my bags. I love pairing the earth tones of the waxed canvas with unique lining fabrics.
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
I come from a long line of sewing women! My mother wanted me to learn to sew when I was little but it wasn’t until after my freshman year of college (a few years ago….okay, over 15 years ago) that I wanted to give it a try. I came home one summer and asked my mom to teach me how to sew a crossbody satchel. I wore that bag proudly until the fabric wore thin. After that, I was hooked. I tried my hand at sewing other things, but I was always drawn back to making bags. I like creating something useful, practical and yet still pretty.
3). What is your best seller?
My pleated tote has been a big seller but so has my crossbody day bag. The waxed canvas is truly a unique material. It gains a soft patina look over time and it’s water resistant. You can’t go wrong with any of the styles!
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?
I’ve been vending almost a year now. This will be my first Crafty Mart event and I am really thrilled to be a part of it!
5). Coffee or tea?
It’s always been coffee. Two cups every morning with a little half-and-half and sugar.
Thank you for answering our questions Sarah. And, thanks for coming to the 7th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show. We'll see everyone on Sat. & Sun. Nov. 28th-29th at Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace. You'll be able to find Ellie Jane Bags at Summit Artspace.