Funky Thistle was established in 2005 out a love for textiles. Since that time we have created hundreds of one of a kind messenger bags, totes and purses that have been sold to people across Canada and around the world. Every piece is individually designed. We do not use bolts of fabric but instead pull each design together from hundreds of small sample swatches. The art is in taking from all these colours, patterns and textures and making something new each time.
Why do we use these swatches?
As stated we love textiles and we also love this beautiful planet. The sample fabrics we use are collected from the interior design industry when they are longer in need. These fabrics are high quality but too small for most uses. It has been our mission since the beginning to rescue these gorgeous fabrics and create items that allow them to be appreciated for years to come. Besides, where would the fun be for us or for you if we were just taking bolts of fabric and making the same bag over and over! Not one of our pieces has ever been replicated, it could not be done.
You can feel great about purchasing slow crafted, Canadian made pieces designed with an earth friendly philosophy. And you will never bump into someone with the same bag!
A little more info if you like:
-All Funky Thistle pieces are made using both new and repurposed materials. -The bags are fully lined with great care and attention to detail. -All feature well placed pockets. -The appliqués are carefully hand cut from leather and sewn on. -The messenger bags have hand signed/burnt leather labels.
We aim to create little pieces of wearable art & craft that are also practical and comfortable.
All the pieces are designed by Melanie Murphy. A love of art and craft led her to pursue her BFA in Fine Arts at NASCAD University in historic Halifax, NS. After graduation she moved to the Rocky Mountains of Canada where she has been inspired by their natural beauty ever since.