The idea to make handbags from metal came to Wendy Stevens in 1983. The industrial materials surrounding her in New York City provided inspiration for her inner artistic potential. It was then and there that she developed the original style that would translate into accessories that are both exquisite and modern, yet durable and versatile.
Several years of development and refinement later, she began to market and sell her creations, exhibit in shows nationally and internationally, and develop a diverse and consistent client base.
And then in 2004 a fire completely destroyed her studio and marked a turning point for Wendy. Within one year, she rebuilt a more efficient, consolidated studio with a focus on producing refined, metal handbags. In 2010, she received an invitation from the curator of Amsterdam’s esteemed Tassenmuseum for a solo exhibition of her handbags. The museum acquired several bags for their permanent collection, an experience that enriched Wendy as an artist, establishing her work in a relevant and historical context.
Each Wendy Stevens piece is made of stainless steel with leather and metal components. The combination of materials lends strength, form, and longevity to her work, as well as user-friendly functionality. All bags are hand-fabricated and assembled in her refurbished production facility outside Philadelphia.
Revel in more of Wendy’s work on her website or join her in person at the American Craft Exposition (ACE) September 20-22, 2019 at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Tickets to ACE 2019 are available here now.