Local handbag designer Wendi McGowan-Ellis offers art collectors a rare commodity – influence over the creative process. As the Founder of Wendistry.com, McGowan-Ellis offers a platform for shared artistic experiences, in addition to showcasing her talents as a commissioned painter and handbag designer, who helps others to “adorn differently.” This Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Shortell Design Studio (1115 Dragon St.), Wendi will team up with local statement jewelry line Diadem for a Trunk Show during the Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) Art Walk. In honor of the brand’s first anniversary, we sat down with the designer for a quick interview about the upcoming event.
Wendi’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection of limited edition clutch handbags will be available at the event. Each one hand-painted and locally-crafted in the season’s richest colors and fashion trends. Not your average handbag, each Wendistry bag is truly a work of art.
Featuring over 30 art spaces, this Saturday’s DADA Art Walk will take place from noon to 6 p.m. and is open to art enthusiasts, private and corporate collectors, artists, designers, and visitors in Dallas can enjoy a full spectrum of gallery openings, special exhibitions and art talks.
“I’m thrilled about this trunk show because this month marks the first anniversary for Wendistry,” Wendi told us. “It was this time last year that I was in the final stages of planning, designing and painting the first hand-crafted handbag collection for Fall/Winter 2015.”
“Quite a bit has changed in a year…I’ve added a custom logoed gold zipper pull, a wristlet strap, and higher quality, extra soft suede interior linings,” said Wendi. “Not only do I focus on the color wheel, I am paying extremely close attention to the upcoming fashion trends and colors this season. While black always comes back into play, we’re seeing a ton of military olive green and shades of coppery rust. I’m also catering to holiday dressing early and creating bags with strong ruby tones, along with rich sapphires and amethyst tones.”
The DADA Fall 2016 Art Walk is free and open to the public. For participating galleries and hours, please click here. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.