Cozy Bags

Sheri Debortoli

Artist’s Hometown: Invermere, BC

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Born and raised in Vienna Austria, Sonja was introduced to sewing early in life, by a mom that was a trained seamstress with lots of imagination and eye for style. Having lived in Canada over 40 years and now being retired, she is able to take up her passion for creating.
She enjoys repurposing all sorts of media, from making little tables out of discarded items to mixing wall paints to one appealing colour. Now creating one of a kind jean purses has become almost an addiction and she finds the most fun in the design and the challenge to use almost all parts of the jeans and often uses gently used shirts as lining and pockets.
No two purses are every created the same, as each pair of jeans comes with unique designs and gives the opportunity to create something of one of a kind.
She also does custom orders for favourite jeans that no longer fit or as a way to treasure the clothing of a loved one.
Enjoy the style, practicality and durability of these creations.

Artist’s Hometown: Calgary, AB, Invermere, BC

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Mavis & Me

Diane Jamison is the “Me” of “Mavis & Me”.  Her mom, Mavis, was always her greatest supporter so even though she is no longer with us, it made sense to include her on this creative journey.  She has been sewing since she was very young and has always enjoyed making things for friends and family.  Since her three children are fully grown, she decided to start entering craft sales to sell her fun and colorful upcycled denim bucket hats.   

 Repurposing or upcycling fabrics not only helps the environment, it is cost effective, and it challenges your imagination and creativity. When Diane goes thrift shopping she sees potential in the fabrics and materials and always comes away with new ideas for projects.

Diane resides in Calgary but has spent many weekends and summers over the last 18 years in Invermere at her cabin in the beautiful Columbia Valley. 

Artist’s Hometown: Calgary, AB

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Sherpi’s Mittens

Shereen Groeneveld makes her home in Calgary Alberta, but spends a good deal of time in Invermere.  She started making mittens from repurposed wool sweaters and lining them with fleece blankets about four years ago.  
She has since participated in many craft sales and Farmer’s Markets with great success.  
She considers her sewing room her happy place and loves to browse thrift stores for new and unique finds. 
When she isn’t sewing, she spends time with her two children and husband, as well as her crazy dog Eddie.  
Artist’s Hometown: Calgary, AB
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Bags Full of Pockets

Carol Brown is a resident of Invermere and retired to the Valley twelve years ago. She has been involved with the artists of Village Arts for the past 6 years. She has always had a passion for sewing and has now found herself sharing her creativity through a line of bags called “Bags Full of Pockets”.

‘My intention was to create a sturdy attractive and practical bag. My bags are very versatile with many uses. There are six separate outer pockets to keep things organized while still offering an ample inner area. The bags are made from two different types of heavy outdoor fabric in a variety of bright colours and designs. I love creating these amazing bags!’

‘Thank you so much. It’s the best bag I’ve ever owned. I am a practical spender and shopper and the versatility and price not to mention the look are amazing!’
Jackie (a repeat customer)

Artist’s Hometown: Invermere

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