Hi, I'm Rowena and I'm writing to you from Bristol, England - home
of trip-hop (Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead), Banksy, and a mighty
fine suspension bridge. I live with my boyfriend Robbie, in a rambling
Victorian house that we bought back in the days of yore when banks
would happily lend mortgages to sketchy cases like us. We share our
home with a various assortments of critters that wander in when we
leave the front door open (hedgehogs, spiders, cats, musicians.....)
Georgeous silk-lined blue linen clutch bag from etsy seller Red Ruby Rose.
Here's a little snippet from Red Ruby Rose's featured seller interview on etsy. I love the sound of her house, and the description of her childhood home sounds so wonderful - two creative parents and an old Somerset mill house surrounded by woods and garden...
I was born and brought up in Somerset in an old mill house,
surrounded by woods and garden and lovely green stuff and then I moved
up to Scotland to study printed textiles at Edinburgh College of Art.
After graduation I took a detour from textiles and have spent the last
ten years self-employed, building up a collage/montage illustration
career, firstly in Scotland and then here in Bristol. Red Ruby Rose is
a fairly new venture for me... it's the result of my yearning for a
more tactile process away from my increasingly digital illustration
working methods. I started making these clutches for fun and haven't
What first made you want to become an artist?
Probably because I'm completely and hopelessly unemployable. I grew up in a creative environment - my mum's an artist and my dad walked out of his office job to become a self-employed printer when I was 11. He knew nothing about printing at the time but set up a one man business in the house which he still does to this day... that risk-taking obviously influenced me. 9-5 was never a viable option.... I did a few temping jobs when I was particularly skint after college and it spurred me on to never go near an office again.
Images from Red Ruby Rose.