Bags: The Craft of the Carrying Companion

Bilston Craft Gallery

15 December 2012 - 9 March 2013

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Leather Bag by Lisa Farmer

Leather Bag by Lisa Farmer © Giorgia Smiraglia

Bags are highly personal and functional companions that contain some of our most precious and necessary possessions.  Today the handbag is one of the most celebrated products of branded design and retail.

This exhibition presents the diversity of approaches contemporary craftspeople have taken to bags and accessory cases – objects where design, skilled manufacture and aesthetics meet.

Trunk Case by Sarah Williams © Jimmy Beltran

Trunk Case by Sarah Williams © Jimmy Beltran

On show will be Sarah Williams’, beautifully made cases with cleverly designed organising compartments, and Jo Cope's conceptual carriers that explore the notion of the bag as an extension of the self, including her 'Clearly A Bag' installation piece.

Also featured are Lisa Farmer’s  stylised leather 'containers' inspired by living creatures, and examples of the new explosion of carry cases for our mobile accessories like phones and tablets will also be on show.

Win a £25 voucher to spend in our Craft Shop

To enter:

Share a photo of your favourite bag on our Facebook page


Tell us on Twitter the 5 things you carry with you- you need to mention @BilstonCraftGal and include the hashtag #BagsCCC


Email your entry to

The winner will be picked at random to win a £25 voucher to spend in our craft shop!

Closing date for entries is  Friday 22 February 2013.

List of exhibitors:
Jo Cope, Lisa Farmer, Emily Jo Gibbs, Vivien Hew, Cathy Hoste, Becky Howson, Wolfram Löhr, Viktoria Münzker, Yamini Patel, Jane Platts, Laura Spring, Denise Stanton, Lisa Tilley (UOldBag!), John Todd, Sarah Williams, Gosia Weber.