carried with us...
Sara Jane Murray of Home Front Vintage and Natalie Thakur, a talented artisan leather worker, first met whilst both exhibiting at the same event in Clerkenwell.
Early in 2016 they organised to meet again to talk about collaborating on some new products. As they were talking about the escape and evade maps that Sara Jane uses in her work, Natalie pulled out of her bag a photo of her grandfather, William Ramsden, who had been a Lancaster Bomber pilot during WW2. They realised that may people ‘carry’ stories of their relatives who lived through the 1940s and 1950s, around with them and it is only at chance meetings do they get to share these stories.
The ‘carried with us’ project was born – a collaboration of beautiful bags made from leather and vintage military blankets, all lined with original silk maps. Each bag to be a limited edition and named after someone who lived through WW2 or the post war period and to go t its new owner with the story of the person it is named after and a photograph – thus retelling the stories and sharing our past.
A social media campaign was launched and people from all over the world took part to share their stories and memories. From these, 5 were chosen for the new range of bags: Esme, Frankie, William, Peter, and Henry.
More of Natalie's work can be seen on her website at www.natthakur.com
You can read more about each of the people that the bags are named after by clicking on the photographs below.