Adelaide artist collaborates with Bagsamoré, creating wearable masterpieces

Adelaide artist Caity Davies has collaborated with a Bagsamoré, which has transformed her designs into wearable works of art.

In a unique fusion of art and fashion, Adelaide-based contemporary Aboriginal artist Caity Davies has collaborated with Bagsamoré, turning her designs into wearable works of art on secondhand bags.

The collaboration took shape when Bagsamoré owner Freya Bass, a handbag restoration expert, sent Caity a Gucci tote as a canvas.

Drawing inspiration from the scenic landscapes of Broken Hill, Caity painted elements such as campsites, mountains, and pathways, creating a visual narrative that resonates with the unique beauty of the region.

Hailing from Gulfview Heights, Caity has created her own art haven ‘Dustin-Koa Art’. For Caity, painting is not just a creative expression but a source of joy and a link to her roots in Broken Hill, where her father grew up.

Caity is a self-taught artist who has learned skills from other Aboriginal artists, developing her personal style. She says her paintings reflect the colours, patterns, and energy she feels when she visits Broken Hill.

“Her work really speaks for itself, it’s amazing. She does this gorgeous contemporary Indigenous art. She paints the scenery with landscapes colors and sunsets from Broken Hill, she describes her art as having traditional elements but she has created her own patterns,” Freya says.

“The core themes she explores throughout her works are identity, connection, discovery, the physical aspects of the land and life events she is going through at the time of painting.”

Freya says the colours Caity uses throughout her artwork is something that attracted her to her work.

“I really liked the colours she used, they are very feminine, sunset colours such as pinks and purples, and also the intricacy of her designs,” she says.

“You really do get that feeling of the land from seeing her artwork, which I thought was such a beautiful thing, and it was really nice to transfer that onto something up-cycled as well.”

Aside from being an artist, Caity is a mum and psychologist, and she started painting professionally 3 years ago.

Freya is originally from the UK and established Bagsamoré as a handbag restoration company for predominantly designer handbags, but also small leather goods.

She grew a client base in Sydney and, after COVID hit, she decided to reduce the business and make her idea of turning handbags into works of art a reality.

“It was something I’d always had an interest in; there are so many different styles of art out there, so I thought it’d be really cool to work with loads of different artists to turn handbags into works of art so there’s something for everybody,” she said.

Freya made the move from Sydney to Byron and launched with 5 different artists: Caity in Adelaide, 2 in Sydney, one South of Perth, and one just below the Sunshine Coast.

All the bags are upcycled, secondhand bags sourced by Freya, who restores the bags and sends them to the artists who transform them into wearable masterpieces.

“I’ve got another 6 artists in the pipeline and it’s just snowballing now; more and more people are coming on board who are interested. It’s exciting to see it grow and develop with all the different art styles,” she says.

“To give artists another platform to be able to promote their art because quite often artwork hangs on a wall, it’s generally stationary, so putting it on a hand bag turns it into a piece of wearable art so more people can see it and its creates this exposure for artists that hasn’t been done before.”

To find out more about Bagsamoré, click here. To find out more about Caity, click here.

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