Craft Gallery


This month we have created a plinth display dedicated to Irene Campsill’s upcycled handbags and accessories. Self-taught Irene’s inspiration could come from anything.  She is continually exploring new crafts and techniques and is passionate about design.  Her handbags stand out from the crowd. Each handbag is different and combines her love of colour and traditional textile processes into unusual shapes, which are functional and practical but also quirky and fun – “a tactile piece of art on your arm”.

The handbags in this collection have been made by transforming a throw-away item into something beautiful and practical.  Irene believes that “textiles that hold special memories can be reborn into a new format whilst still retaining their reminders”. The bags are finished to the highest standards and her aim is for them to bring as much pleasure to the owner as she has in designing and handcrafting them.

The Craft Gallery is an ever changing display of the best in contemporary craft. Representing more than 200 makers from throughout the country and beyond, the gallery offers a comprehensive range including ceramics, jewellery, glassware, textiles and unframed artwork.






Devon Bell

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