A couple weeks ago, I visited my friend Abby Meadow in her home outside Florence, Oregon. It was supposed to be a social visit, and in the end it was, but when I stepped into her studio for the first time, I knew I had to take some photos. Abby was nice enough to oblige. (I should also mention that there’s wasn’t a bit of styling or wrangling of props/photography equipment for this photo shoot. The things depicted in these photos were just sitting around this way.)
I’ve mentioned Abby’s business, i n f u s i o n, here before, several times in fact, but seeing her in her studio and talking to her about the painstaking lengths she goes to to produce a flawless product (including the process of dying, conditioning, cutting, and finishing all her own leather), made me realize just how hard she really works. She’s obviously thinking, too, thinking about new designs, new colors, new products, new names as well as mulling over those great dilemmas many of us face about work-life balance and how to really “make it” as an independent artisan.
Abby’s Etsy shop is stocked with beautiful but rugged waxed canvas, wool, and leather bags (rucksacks, backpacks, messenger bags, satchels, totes, clutches, wallets, and pouches) as well as some smaller accessories like this perfect skinny belt and this classy camera strap. She’s a big fan of natural materials, but she’s been known to incorporate cool thrifted fabrics into her creations as well. Her products are the kind of items that will last and last and last and serve you well for a great long while.
Abby is a wonderful person to know and to support. You can get acquainted with her work and all the other interesting things she’s involved in through her blog, which is how I first discovered her more than two years ago.
Abby’s studio is fascinating, but the rest of her home is quirkily gorgeous, too. I only snapped a quick photo of her delicious gluten-free muffins before stashing my camera away, but I swear that place could easily be found in the hippest hipster home design publication. Abby and her partner Steven are doing good things out there in their little slice of (foggy, deer-filled) Oregon Coast heaven.