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At ERDA, a jolly group of women collaborate to bring into being outside-the-box ideas. They have established a distinctive identity by using vivid, texture-rich fabrics, exotic deerskin, and sculptural shapes.

Artist Patti Dowse began by making deerskin bags in 1971, at first for herself, then for friends. She was only planning to do it until she figured out what to be when she grew up. Patti made VERY funky bags, loaded with fringe, beads, and raggedy edges. (Cynthia at Artisan’s is the proud owner of one of these vintage ERDA pieces, purchased many years ago at a retail craft show.) Patti had no training, and frankly her bags had almost no construction — they were sort of Abstract Expressionist bags. Some styles are still available in an updated version.

Today, Patti collects intelligence from the press, the net, the cosmopolitan world and customers, to bring to the shop in Maine. Drawing upon the creativity and skills of the group, they add structure, zippers, pockets, and functionality that embody the spirit of ERDA in a fresh, up-to-date form.

ERDA bags are made of American deerskin or contemporary fabrics stolen from the upholstery industry. As you can see, they aren't something you'd picture on your couch! All of the handbags are available in any of their standard fabrics or in their recycled fabrics.At ERDA, a jolly group of women collaborate to bring into being outside-the-box ideas. They have established a distinctive identity by using vivid, texture-rich fabrics, exotic deerskin, and sculptural shapes.



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