Every once in a while, I come across a shop that immediately resonates with me for its creative offerings, but I’m not so sure if LAB readers would approve. Hence, I’m introducing my Yes or No posts today. I will tell you as much as I can about the artist and then I’ll let you, the readers, decide if this is an artist that fits in the LAB. Today we are focusing on Swarm. Here’s the story:
Leslie Oschmann transitioned from working as a merchandise manager and buyer for a major lifestyle chain to collection objects from old markets in Europe. One of my favorite lines from her bio is that she missed “touching the objects, not just trying to display them or sell them. I missed the tactile.” It appears that her antidote has been to create items that have a high touchability. Using old paintings, collected from exclusive sources in Belgium and Holland, Leslie creates these detailed handmade bags.
Combining vivid art with leather straps and heavy stitching, you just can’t miss them. Personally, I find this to be an inventive way to reuse art and these bags have a decidedly boho-chic aesthetic. For an art lover, these might be the best of both worlds.
Well, what do you think? Would you carry one of these works of art? Here’s a selection from the Swarm shop. Click any of the pictures to see the entire selection yourself.
Just in case the bags are too much for you, how about a clutch?
OK gang, what do you think? Can you see yourself with one of these inventive bags from the Swarm shop? Let me know what you think in the comments below. If you folks really like the bags, I will make sure to contact Leslie and do a follow up post featuring an interview.