My name is Katrina Rose Banzon and I am a designer and crafting enthusiast. I have a background in Architecture and Interior Design, which I feel has sharpened my desire for and recognition of the marriage between beauty and function, even down to the simplest and seemingly insignificant of things.
I also climb (boulder) in my free time, which led me to designing and crafting my own bag when I found that no chalk bag already existing could express my own personal style. I thrived on trying to find all of the components that would make this bag, and made many prototypes and changes along the way. What I learned throughout the design process is that forward progress, no matter how small, can yield great success. Failures, though sometimes bigger than we’d like to make, help redirect us and challenge us to become our best selves.
That being said, I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with a friend at stylishfabric.com using any fabric I wanted for my project. I decided on a Cosmic Pattern ITY fabric, irresistibly drawn to the print and knew I had to go for it, even if I had no prior experience working with ITY fabrics. The fabric is soft, but stretchy, and the most lightweight fabric I had ever used for a chalk bag.
My creative mind aflutter, I improvised a felt structure to act as the skeleton for my bag. I then sewed the Cosmic Print fabric to the outer layer, and a soft fleece on the other side to line the interior of my bag. I have seen nothing else like it, and feel I have made a breakthrough in the perception of chalk bags, due in large part to the fact that this fabric was simply beautiful and I was determined to find a way to make it work.
I hope that those who come across my bags can recognize the thought and effort put into each bag. Thank you stylishfabric.com for your support!