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Upcycled denim bag

Upcycled denim bag


One-of-a-kind, environmentally-conscious shoulder bag made from denim.

This upcycled bag is made from denim jeans which were destined for landfill. Offcuts of lining fabric used in the bag were donated by New Model Beauty Queen, an ethical and sustainable fashion label operating in Brunswick.

Size: Height approximately 28cm-33cm, Strap length 62cm, top opening circumference approximately 106cm


Open Canvas artist Cheryl Widened

Cheryl Widlend

For Cheryl, “art is a healer, a therapy – a soft place to land”.

Cheryl started her journey into the world of art though fashion, creating paper clothes for her dolls as a little girl.

Later, Cheryl opened CMW Boutique in Chapel Hill, Queensland, and a few years later, The Art of Fashion. When the global financial crisis hit, Cheryl lost everything, including her house and businesses, after which she declared bankruptcy. During this time she also became very ill, both mentally and physically, and moved to Melbourne in 2009 to start a new life.

Cheryl eventually found accommodation with Womens Housing Limited, where she founded an arts-based initiative focusing on women, particularly women who are tired, broken, homeless, and/or socially and financially disadvantaged.

Today, Cheryl’s hope is that her story of resilience, strength and hope in the face of adversity will inspire and help others.

To read more about Cheryl, click here.


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