new blog

you can find my current blog at   fairopheliadesigns

here are a few of my new bags…

coffee sack butterfly bag

coffee sack messenger

large pleated market bag

small pleated autumn floral bag


Esty Shop


You can now buy my bags here.

I am still bloggin’ at

come visit!

i moved…

i’m having problems with how hard it is to manage a wordpress blog, so i revived my old blog spot.  so from now on visit me here… fair ophelia designs.

Bags Now Available On This Site!

you can now purchase a fair ophelia messenger bag made from recycled burlap coffee bags here.

please email me at with any questions or for a picture of YOUR BAG before i send it out.

all bags are unique, because of this, your bag will be different from all other bags i make.

i am available for commissioned bags, but there may be a price variation, depending upon what you would like.


so rarely do my husband and I collaborate and it not end in almost divorce, but this time we had our own separate parts… and we survived. picasso’s coffeehouse commissioned us to do curtains for their front room. i sewed eight coffee sacks together with ties and michael painted some retro-style coffee pictures on them. they turned out great and they look pretty cool.

new bags

these are some of the new bags, they are available still, but who knows for how long.

this first bag is awesome, not only because it says “gayo mountain” in hot pink, but the fabric is really cool and there is en elephant.

here are two more bags.

old art

so i have decided to consoliodate my to blogs and just keep fair ophelia. i will slowly transfer over some of the posts. here’s the first… all of my old art from the 2006 show.

“creation” watercolor, charcoal, hand-made paper… basically mixed media. 2006 (AVAILABLE FOR SALE… MAYBE)

“josephine” mixed media on papyrus 2006

“Na-Do” mixed media on paper 2006

“laying nude” charcoal, hand-made paper on papyrus 2006 *** i love this piece***

“eyes of blue” mixed media on papyrus 2006 (AVAILABLE FOR SALE)

“j. pommy vega” charcoal and hand-made paper on papyrus 2006 (AVAILABLE FOR SALE)

“sitting nude” mixed media on cardboard 2006 (AVAILABLE FOR SALE)

“frida” charcoal and acrylic paint on tar paper 2006

commissioned house portrait 2006

1st graffiti piece, under a layer of paint and ruble by now… 2007

“picasso and his women” oil pastels, charcoal and hand-made paper on paper 2006

so that’s it for now, i still need to take pictures of this year’s art show pieces…

Some of the pieces are still for sale, but i can let go of them… maybe.

a space between

so i here, in a space between sewing, drawing, school, wife-hood and motherhood. this doesn’t happen often these last few months. I stopped working, on a regular basis, at The Vine, and started being “on-call.” I did this with the hopes of focusing more on sewing. We will see…

I am hoping to start an etsy store, but until then everyone can get a hold of me for bag orders by emailing:

My husband extraordinaire has started writing again, but this time in the form of a blog. We meet and fell in love when we were both poets in Portland, OR.  We had two years of poetry craziness, before we got consumed with making art.  Neither of us have written anything for over a year now, almost three years for me.  So I am really excited that he’s at it again. We moved out of the warehouse and michael set up his studio in our garage.  Hence the name of his blog, of the garage

I start my teaching observation in the next week at the local high school.  This is the same institution that sucked four years from my life.  I will be with my old art teacher, Marty Warren.  I’m excited, but still at little nervous.


My art collective, The Warehouse Artist Collective, is putting on an art weekend at The Vine Wine Bar and Bistro.  Sept. 28th -30th.

The Vine and the Warehouse Artist Collective (W.A.C.) collaboratively present: “Ruminations“…a weekend of art and jazz, featuring the poetry of Sufi poet Rumi.
Friday 8-11 pm Table-side Portraiture:
-Local artists Zack Smithy and Stella Perkins will offer creations of you in charcoal and paint, while you dine, courtesy of The Vine (tips greatly appreciated). Saturday  8-11 pm Live Painting
– Witness the creative process of painter, Michael Franklin, as he begins and completes a painting in one evening.
Sunday 5-7:30 pm Jazz and Art Show (back patio)
-Jazz of St. Louis legends, the Dave Stone Trio. Dave Stone has often been compared to John Coltrane with his strong yet subtle saxophone. “Ruminations” will come to a close with a group showing of art from the artists of the W.A.C., 5-9 pm.

The Warehouse Artist Collective is a Saint Charles born arts movement of young, progressive artists whose purpose is to bring art to the community through a variety of mediums. Reservations for this weekend are strongly encouraged, as seating is limited for all three nights.

The Vine
325 S. Main St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
Call for reservations  636-946-VINE, especially for jazz on Sunday.

art and bags

so i finally uplaoded pictures from the last month…

chris, the owner of picasso’s has given me an old card stand to temporarily use for my bags until i can find a more elegant one. due to my work on my upcoming art show, he is running seriously low. the only one still for sale is the missouri bag.

and this one just sold a few days ago.

i have a growing list of bags to make once my art opening comes and goes. for those of you who can make it. it will be next friday, aug. 3rd at 7pm. picasso’s coffee 101 n main st. st. charles, mo. i’m still working on confirming the music for the night, but hopefully it is the amazing bird baker. i will also have my friend and co-collective artist, stella perkins, hang a few of her pieces. my show will consist of my usual mixed media pieces and also some experimental sewing machine stitched art. here’s a sneak at my first finished piece…

i’m working on a multitude of pieces right now and pray that everything will be ready to hang come friday. love to you all!!!

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