Also, they are offering my readers a discount code for your next purchase, just in time for the holidays! Now on with the show!
Tell me a little bit about yourself!
I have always made things as far back as I can remember. I collected shells and pebbles at the beach and glued them onto scraps of wood creating 3-D collages. My favorite thing to do as a child was to go to Canal Street in New York City, buy bags of metal machine parts and transform them into jewelry. I attended art school (BFA from Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and my MFA from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) and was a ceramic sculpture and a designer and maker of architectural tile for many years. I took a break to live in Germany and work as a fashion jewelry designer. I then got married and had three children (including twins) shortly after and moved to California in 1999. I was very busy for many years!!!
Then about three years ago, while planning a bike ride with my family, I looked for something to hold my necessities: wallet, phone, keys, towel and water bottle. All my fanny packs were gone (my kids wouldn’t be caught dead with me if I wore one) and I didn’t want to wear a backpack. I set to work designing and creating the prototype for my “bike bag”. Not a spandex kind of a gal, I wanted something that worked with normal clothes. I developed a design that attaches to the handlebars but converts to a shoulder bag. My daughters wanted something smaller for their teen essentials. I want my bags to go where the average woman goes: shopping, dinner and work. My bags work with bikes, strollers, and walkers. I finally settled on oilcloth for the exterior of the bag, as it seemed both practical and fun. I love the vintage patterns and color schemes.
Where did the name of your store come from?
I named my store Point A 2 Point B Designs, as I see my bags as a way to help get your things from Point A (starting point) to Point B (your destination). I found, too, that baskets were inconvenient when trying to lock up a bunch of bikes and that if you hit a bump the basket could pop off or the contents could fly out. I wanted a safe, secure and fun way to get (and keep track of) my essentials when on a bike ride. I have also found that my smaller bag is like a “pocket” for my bike so I can easily keep track of my wallet, phone and keys.
Why did you start making goods for Point A to Point B Designs?
I have a passion for cycling as part of life and I see my bags as an extension and expression of my passion.
What is your favorite item?
I like all my items ;) but I especially like my solid yellow bags. It reminds me of the raincoat I would always wear as a child in New Jersey. Obviously there is not a lot of rain here in Southern California but the color reminds me of protection and staying dry and safe, factors I considered when designing my bags!
What is your most popular item?
My most popular item is the mint green and white polka dot bag. It also matches the bike I currently ride perfectly!
Where do you get the inspiration for your work?
I think I am most inspired by beach cruiser culture here in southern California and I think oilcloth is such a nice complement to the colors and designs of contemporary beach cruisers and vintage bikes.
What makes your store unique?
I think my store is unique because my designs are unique and practical at the same time.
What is the toughest part about making your goods/your artistic process?
The toughest part about the design process is being able to find enough time to explore all the ideas that come to me. The wonderful thing about the artistic process is the more you explore possibilities, the more possibilities there are to explore. It is also important to put ideas out there even when you think they are not fully developed, as feedback from others is also a very important part of the process.
Do you take custom orders?
I take orders for minimum quantities but not for individual items.
When is the last day I can order in time for Christmas Day?
The last day to order for Christmas for shipping within the USA is December 18th.
Where can I see more of your work and buy a gift?
Are you going to be at any shows soon, so I can see your work in person and say hello?
I will be at Patchwork Oakland tomorrow and Patchwork Santa Ana on 12/1.
Thanks! By the way, don't you adore the bicycle "model" for all of the fabulous bags? It makes me want to get another bike just to match the mint green polka dot bag. You know how I love my mint green AND polka dots!
And as promised, here are the coupon codes that you can use on the Point A 2 Point B Design Etsy store!
VINTAGEZEST5 ($5.00 off on $19.95 purchase of small bike bag)
VINTAGEZEST10 ($10.00 off on $44.95 purchase of large bike bag)
Happy cycling & shopping!