The process begins with shopping for a purse that has good bones and is made of leather. I am a tactile person and as such I like to touch and feel the bags to see if they speak to me.
As I feel the textures of the leather, I also start to think of the kind of design that will show off the characters of the purse/bag.
I check for other attribute the purse/bag may possess. If it has frills, tassels, if it is a designer bag, if it has an 'attitude' or 'character'.
It is much like shopping for real estate. I need a purse/bag that has good bones (foundation) on which to build my designs.
The selection of any purse/bag depends solely on the potentials the purse/bag exhibits to the artist.
There are a number of items that the purse needs in order to make it eligible to qualify as a potential candidate for a make-over:
It needs to have a good foundation (Good bones)
It needs to have functional accessories (hardware, zippers, buckles, tassels, buttons, locks and the such)
It needs to have life in it for the journey ahead
It must have 'attitude' & 'character'
It needs to have potential (a certain 'umph')
CRAFTMANSHIP & TRANSFORMATION
Here is an overview of the craftsmanship and transformation process each of these purses/bags have to go through to morph
from their plain original selves.
They go through a cocooning process of being designed and painted.
They come into themselves and become new, vibrant & colorful butterflies as they become a new work of art.