Using old materials to cradle new technology
Looking for a way to protect your new high-tech toy? Fiber artist Marylou DiPietro of Harrisville has created a line of padded sleeves for Kindles, iPads, laptops of all sizes, plus messenger and tote bags. She builds wonderful textures with a mix and match of tweeds, contemporary patterns, vintage fabrics and worn leather. Antique buttons for closures add a decorative touch to the bags that range from funky to sophisticated. Some are pretty enough to double as an evening bag.
All materials are "upcycled" from a former life as tweed suit, upholstery sample or biker jacket. A shoulder strap on a bag may have been a former Coach belt and linings are created with old tablecloths or vintage skirts and shirts.
DiPietro, a successful poet and playwright, started the business, Reincarnations, after creating a bag for her own new, smaller laptop. There was no sense in putting green technology in a poly sleeve.
Now she spends the mornings writing and afternoons designing and cutting fabrics selections to ready them for her master seamstress, Noi McEwan. Using her hands is a great way to "get out of my head" as a writer, explains DiPietro.
On Oct. 6 and 7, DiPietro and other regional artists open their studios for the Monadnock Open Studio Art Tour.