It has been a privilege to design and make this very special bespoke DEED bag for Canberra-based arts journalist, writer, book designer, photographer, podcaster and community arts advocate Barbie Robinson. It has been made to complement her third book of poetry, 'That looks on Tempests - thoughts on the nature of love' (published by For Pity Sake Publishing).
After reading and digesting Barbie's book of poetry (which she kindly gifted to me) I took copious notes on things which stood out to me. (In fact, I could have designed dozens of bags inspired by this evocative journey of 'love'.) And how could I not love that she made a point of defining love as both a word AND a DEED! Definitely a theme of luxury and linen came through - hence my suggestion of a linen bag. In luscious black, of course. Likewise, the pompoms.
I really felt a sense of a woven narrative on love throughout the various poems about people, places and time and felt that the woven heart with silver and French linen ribbon symbolised this.
I've picked up on colours, words and places (especially France) mentioned throughout her poems. The silver ribbon is a nod to a poem mentioning Barbie's mum's shoes. Motherlove is inextricably not too far from the surface of many poems. The red trims and hints of red in the heart are a nod to Barbie's journey with Lymphoma - the book of poetry is in fact part of her Gratitude Project, which she launched after a successful stem cell transplant in 2015.
Thank you Barbie for giving me the opportunity to make this DEED bag for you.