Upon entering this web site there is a marvelous handbag by Irene Reed. It is 'Queen Elizabeth' siting on her throne, created in 3 dimensional fibers in regal golds, purples and violets.
Prior to being the introduction to ThePurseMuseum.com, this bag traveled to Africa and throughout the Americas as part of a Smithsonian exhibiton: 'Threadworks', featuring small works in fiber. Irene invented the special 3D stiches (crochet on top of trapunto quilting) used in her creations.
I first encountered Irene and her purses in the in the 1990's at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. My booth was at the other end of the Art Fair, and my husband and I were taking some time off to see other parts of the show. When we came to Irene's booth I stopped, my mough fell open - WOW!
My purchase from that encounter is below, as well as purses I have collected over the years. Some of the items are from 1995 special showing of Irene's work at our Tucson gallery: Details & Green Shoelaces . Oh, the last pictures you will notice are shoes not purses, but purses and shoes go together and Irene was inspired by both.
About the shoes: 12 additional 'one of a kind' shoes were made in 1999 as a special commission as window displays for Stuart Weitzman.
Irene's work is not signed. Her unique style is her signature.