Iron+Copper+Bronze {Thriving Artist Series, Fresno}

What inspired the craftswomen of Iron+Copper+Bronze to take up design and leather-working? An overpriced apron.

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“It was a gorgeous apron, don’t get me wrong,” says Cathy Caracciolo, “but it got me thinking: how hard would this be to make?”

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And in that moment, Iron+Copper+Bronze was born. American-made waxed canvas and leather totes that have even Hollywood drooling a bit.

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One can see why. The attention to detail is remarkable; the flush riveting, timeless designs and delicate indestructibility of the materials amount to a tote that could follow you on a lifetime of adventures.

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For owners Cathy and Bibi, the adventure is only beginning. In a month they will be opening a second studio space out of their home in Fig Garden and their totes are already filling up shelves in boutiques along the coast.

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Also featured in the space is artwork by co-owner, Bibi Bielat. Through a very different medium, the familiar earthy-industrial theme shines through. A mixture of metal paint and a light acid wash results in a somewhat unpredictable result, according to Bibi.

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Isn’t the most ravishing beauty the kind that we can’t anticipate?

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Iron+Copper+Bronze has a studio in Gallery 1821 (1821 Calaveras Street, Fresno). Enjoy 10% off and free shipping through the end of December. Stop in and visit them at the next Art Hop – January 8th, 2015.

 

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