Artist & sailor Sophie Coleman sources old sail cloth to make beach bags!
At Tingdene Lifestyle we do the love the UK coast for many reasons. One of them is discovering how people and artists have drawn and taken inspiration from it to create something new. re-purposed and beautiful! We came across Devon based artist and sailor Sophie Coleman who makes beach bags, tote bags and duffle bags from old sail cloth sourced from Exmouth in Devon! Let’s take a look…
How this coastal bag brand was created..
Exe Duffle & Tote was created up by designer Sophie Coleman, after working for Rowsell Sails and seeing quality fabric left over from sail making and canvas work.
‘‘The design for these unique bags derived from a fascination with the Dazzle Ships of WWI and WWII. The ships were painted with geometric shapes in flat, contrasting colours that were intended to camouflage and confuse the enemy. Although they were not very successful, they inspired a generation of artists and still do. The most satisfying part of making the sail bags is the initial composition of the artwork. The bags evolve depending on what fabrics have been used in the sail loft that day, and how they have been cut. These pieces are then carefully arranged to create unique compositions before being sewn up, and eyelets and rope added. Sail cloth is hard wearing and long lasting, and will continue to age with you, getting softer with time. The durability and longevity of the fabric make these bags ideal for the environmentally minded.’’
- Sophie Coleman
Why we think these fab tote, bag and beach bags are perfect for your holiday home or coastal staycation!
When you have a holiday home at the coast or are even just visiting you really do live and breathe it. These bags are great as they are high quality and are one offs so you wont spot someone else on your coastal doggy walk or trip to the coast with one of the same design! Also as these are made from recycled material which has come from that would have been discarded marine material it is also environmentally friendly to the landscape from where it came from. They are made on site at Rowsell Sails, a traditional family-run sail loft, that has been operating for twenty-five years on the edge of the Exe Estuary, Devon, England.