Bernice and her bags

Bernice in her shop, with bags shown behind her.

I met Bernice at an art fair last fall, and stopped by her shop the other day. Bernice picked me up from the corner near her shop– I was struggling to follow her directions– and cheerfully lead me back to her colorful displays of handicrafts.

Bernice makes bags, beautiful bags, as well as quilted pillowcases, aprons, and clothes from bright batik fabric. She’s always making something new. “When one has a creative mind, she has to keep making things,” Bernice told me. She’s looking to spread her wings to other countries, and she deserves to. Bernice employs four workers, all mothers, because she knows how difficult it is to feed a family of growing children.


About Sarah Elle

My home is Alaska.
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