I got the bright idea a while ago to make a series of tarot bags to use up some of my stash, both inspirational and fabric. It was during my Queen of Wands phase, where I simultaneously developed another line of something based on the tarot (which I hope to bring to light eventually) and fleshed out the concepts for 5 decks. I wanted to complete the full set of 22 before I started sending them off to new homes, but the time is now!
A theme I return to again and again is Women/Goddesses. In 2001 I designed a series of 50+ bags/purses (my resources were far, far greater at the time) inspired by women in history, mythology and even women’s names, cut them all out, gathered the relevant ribbons and fringes and flowers and other adornments and started sewing. And then I up and moved to Canada. But the ideas remain and they will be realised in one form or another (or all of the above).
These ladies are Titania and Magdalena:
Titania was the first bag I created in this series. She is made from limited edition butterflies-and-fairies print fabric, largely coloured in lovely hibiscus pink, cornflower blue and lavendar. Titania herself holds court on one side of the bag. There are subtle metallic gold highlights that make the fabric all the more magical. The colours reminded me of dusk and the twilight hour, when fairies come out to play and lure unsuspecting humans into the otherworld. I chose an ombré ribbon that captured the colour of the sky at this time for the collar of the bag and a cornflower cotton for the lining. The drawstrings are fine lilac ribbon, held in place by purple flowers and faceted yellow beads.
Magdalena is a theme within a theme within a theme: holy women, religious symbols, tattoos. The base of this bag is a royal blue cotton, a colour fit for a High Priestess. The collar is made from blue flame fabric. I don’t know why it had to be flames, but I tried making it red and she wasn’t having any of it! Okay, flames it is. Her distinguishing feature is a sacred heart applique with hand-embroidered blue roses. The design has been outlined several times in metallic gold and gold-toned thread and a sparkle tulle “halo” in pale gold crowns it off. The lining hides a secret: tattoos! I got really *smart* with the drawstring, or at least I thought I did. It works, that’s all that matters.
And to celebrate WTD, letting my dim light shine and sharing it with all and sundry, I’m giving these bags away to unsuspecting vict… er, lucky winners! They are large enough to accommodate most decks – even giganto Via – and have square bottoms (like myself) for a more natural fit (ummm…)
If you would like to enter to receive one of these bags, please leave a comment before midnight (MST) on Thursday, May 27. Be sure to also include which one you prefer! Winners will be drawn from their respective favourites and announced on Friday, May 28.