It begins with the fabrics. All Funky Thistle pieces are made using high quality sample swatches from the interior design industry. Once samples are discontinued they are collected from furniture stores and interior designers. It is an ongoing and time consuming process to collect and sort through the swatches. Although it would be easier and more cost effective to buy bolts of material to make series of bags it is the salvaging of these gorgeous fabrics that is the inspiration behind each piece.
The design and pattern of the bags has evolved over the years. The ones that have made the cut have been thoroughly tried and tested. In keeping with eco minded philosophy of Funky Thistle the patterns are created to make the most of the swatches, creating as little waste as possible. The designs are easy to wear and look fabulous.
Most of the styles use five to six different panels of fabric for the exterior alone. This may require going through hundreds of swatches to bring together the best combination. The colours, patterns and texture of these fabric must work well together and bring out the best features of the materials. This is the most fun part of the process and is so rewarding each time the perfect mix comes together.
Many of the bags feature an appliquéd image. These are hand cut from repurposed leather and sewn onto the front. The beauty of the natural world inspire these images. Some of the best silhouettes come from photographs taken while travelling and exploring.
The bags are fully lined with much consideration to aesthetics and function. The fabric is thoughtfully chosen to match each bag. The structure of the lining as well as the exterior is strengthened with interfacing. Well considered pockets both zippered and open are found in most styles. A look at the interior of any Funky Thistle piece will give you a clear indication of the care and attention to detail put into the work.
Some bags have a hard bottom inserted for strength and structure. Keeping in line with the Funky Thistle philosophy to be responsible environmentally these are made from repurpose corrugated plastic.
Each piece is finished with a hand signed leather label created using a wood burning tool.
All Funky Thistle pieces are one of a kind and made with a dedication to fine craftsmanship.