Recently, we’ve talked about and praised handmade artists on Etsy for their creativity and lack of much deserved attention. Today, I’ve got something special to introduce to you—Kuma, the book clutch! Made by artisan Mari Ojasaar, Kuma is a handmade leather clutch made to look like a vintage book. A famous quotation or a phrase of your choice is engraved on the outside of the book clutch. It is however still a project in the works. It needs to come alive with your help!
I used to be the proud owner of these two Patricia Smith Moon Bags pictured above until I decided to sadly part with them last year. I do still have an original Patricia Smith belt buckle (pictured below), made from the same material the bag flaps were made of (acrylic). It is one of a kind and very rare. If you think the bags are scarce, the belt buckles are nowhere to be found! Fortunately, I am also giving this away to anyone who wishes to purchase it from me. Please send me an offer!
Who is Patricia Smith? Patricia Smith is an artist from Milwaukee, WI most well known, at least from my perspective, for her Moon Bags back in the 80s. I wish I could say that the material used to paint her artwork on was literally out of this world but alas I cannot. As much as I’d like to purchase a moon rock (an actual piece of the moon), I don’t think I’ve got the money for it! The lacquer that you’ll find as handles, flaps, or emblems on each Moon Bag is made of earthbound acrylic (that’s just acrylic).
Patricia hand painted each lacquer that you’ll find on her creations. She or her company also sold needlepoint kits to customers, and they in turn sent back their original work to be paired with Patricia’s lacquers and made as bags! What makes these bags extra special is that every piece is unique and no design was replicated. The clutch I had picture above is an example of one of those needlepoint bags. Not only would I love to get in touch with Patricia, I wouldn’t mind meeting the person who stitched the flowers as well. ;-)
In the late 90s, Moon Bags stopped being on the spotlight. Though that happened, Patricia still pursued the sheer love of art, with or without commercial success, through painting.
Below you’ll find a video of a fellow fashionista raving about her Moon Bags collection:
There are all sorts of handbag styles to choose from—clutches, shoulder bags, handbags, etc. Below you’ll find some Moon Bags being sold by previous owners (like myself) of Patricia Smith’s creations:
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Second post on the same day… kind of rare for me, huh? I just wanted to let you know that I added more things in my shop! These things in particular are in auctions ending in a little over a day, so make sure you bid before you forget :)
Nautical Flats Size 7: Barely used and in like-new condition. LOVE nautical designs! SOLD!
Christian Dior Parfums Clutch – In great condition, except for staple marks on one side of the bag. It has a nice velvety pearly pink color. EDIT: SOLD!
Simply Vera by Vera Wang band/military design slingback pumps Sz 6 – In very good condition.
J Renee vintage velvet/suede evening bag – Very clean and classy. Has embossed golden accent on the front flap. See page for measurements.
Reem vintage new wave 80s clutch – genuine leather; see page for measurements
A Miss America handbag by Smartaire – see photos for slight discoloration and for measurements