FOLD Stories - Red Ruby Rose Bags

Each month we'll feature a blog from one of the fabulous designer - makers we stock in FOLD.

This month...Rowena Dugdale of Red Ruby Rose Bags

Into the Gairloch hills I go, at times wading through boggy lochans, camera in hand, hoping to capture the tiny floral jewels and treasures that make up the macro landscapes of North West Scotland. This hands-on approach to image making translates onto fine digitally printed dupion silks, sumptuous velvets and natural linen, capturing the photographic detail of mosses, shells, lichens and delicate peatland wild flowers. Every fabric piece is handmade into bags, clutches and accessories by my own hands, using my vintage Husqvarna sewing machine.

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Lockdown has given me time to add layers to my creative practise, I have been exploring the potential of natural dyes using local plant-stuffs and trying new leaves and flowers every month. So far, alder, willow, birch bark, gorse flower and coltsfoot. As the year progresses I look forward to trying bracken, bog myrtle, heather and horsetails. These colours are influencing my overall colour palettes and being introduced into my work as bag linings, stitched panels and framed works.

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Red Ruby Rose Bags are stocked in FOLD.