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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Cabin Girl Designs


Cabin Girl Designs

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

CGD bags are one of a kind and for all kinds from out door adventure to trendy travel there is a CGD just for you. We are conscious about our influence on the world both by environmental impact and role we play as kind humans; that is why our designs are created from up-cycled remnant fabrics that we get from our local boat canvas shops and you can only buy our bags directly from us This helps stimulate our community as well as save useful items from excess landfill waste. We feel is it all our responsibility to create and operate in the most eco conscious setting to bring you useful and creative designs.

How did you learn your craft?:

Lara and I lived on a 33 foot cabin cruiser “Cabin Girl” and were submerged in the marine field. Having been around sewing machines my entire life it was natural for me to gravitate towards the canvas shop a fellow boating neighbor owned. Seeing all the vibrant colors and pieces of fabric remnants on the floor I began to design all kinds of useful items for the dock. Lara then challenged me to make her a bag. First time was a big success in what not to do but after we sat down together and worked the kinks out the Throwback was born. We take pride in the fact that it is just us two creating every design and pattern as well as collecting supplies and selling our one of a kind bags across the nation

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

We are so excited to be among so many amazing local artists like:
Liz Kelly Pottery
The Peppermill Shop
Art by Sarah Savage
River Organics

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

The best way to get our creative juices going is with some classical or up beat music and a little smell good candle or diffuser, then lay out the favorite fabrics with fiends and see what happens.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

We are our own creators, masters of our minds, we offer our designs so you can become consciously connected at anytime.

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

The worst best tip we ever got was when someone asked us to make bags that could be used as weapons in self defense. In my opinion bags should hold defense mechanisms not mimic them.

If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:

My absolute favorite would have to be a piece I accursed from the Peppermill Shop – it is the cutest wall hanging that says “Every Day Im Brussel’n” with a Brussel sprout painted on it.

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