Half a year ago, end of summer 2020 we have started an amazing project. The next two years we’ll be making 100 t-shirts a green statement. We call it the #100greenstatements project.So every week we are collaborating with new artists or designers who are creating, repairing, styling their t-shirts. Can’t wait to see what they will make. And of course, we are curious: What is their story?
This week in the spotlight is Belinda, from Macnas. She is a designer and maker of amazing bags. They are one of a kind, and made from preloved materials. Bags you want to take on a small or a big journey. We talked about making 100 green statements, and she was up for a challenge. So getting curious, what she will make!
Can you tell us a little bit about you?
“If there is a choice between 3 spreads, say aioli, tapenade and cheese, I will try them all lined up on the same piece of bread.”
Nice to meet you, I am Belinda. These are my three spreads at the moment. Firstly, I design and make bags at Macnas. That is Gaelic for playful, flirty, sensual. The name is a reference to my Irish roots. It is also a reference to what bags can do for a person. Falling in love with a bag and wanting to wear it, because you love it so much. That’s why I like using preloved materials, the more the owner feels for the bag, the longer they will use it. Secondly, I am a maker, love experimenting with all kinds of materials. Totally enjoying making with others. Finding practical solutions with materials that are forehand. I love this element of serendipity! Thirdly I am an artist. Expressing myself with drawing, animation, words and pictures.
That’s me spread out for you!
How you started your business?
It once started with a piece of leather on the cloth market, I think 15 years ago. Since then I have made a lot, followed workshops and modules. A professional bag designer study at the moment in Scheveningen. After a few years of making in a corner of the house I expanded my studio in the attic and accepted assignments. Last year the waiting list got so long I decided to quit my job and focus on Bag Design.
What are your dreams?
My dream is to design a special bag with recognizable Macnas design, that I can expand to a bag line.
A bag that can help people with their self-expression. A bag they can adore and cherish. That is forkeeps 😉 This design will be created thanks to experiment, it can me made with revalued material and I can make variations in collaboration with others. I am also looking forward to making a bag that pushes the borders of self-expression, that makes it hard to decide if it is art or an object to use.
Who would you ask to join our challenge? (repair, style or upcycle)