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Iwrestledabearonce Singer Also Designs Handbags

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This one is for the ladies, for sure. In addition to screaming her lungs bloody in Iwrestledabearonce, Krysta Cameron is also a handbag designer, under her own Let Them Eat Cake label. In an age when the kids are gobbling up more merch than they are CDs — and with bands setting up what looks like a mall kiosk at the merch tables at shows — having totes and handbags to peddle is a smart business decision, in addition to a creative boon.

“My design aesthetic is anything that visually pops in my head. Or if it is a custom order of a certain subject or idea, I brainstorm on what I think will flow nicely with the customer’s requests,” Cameron told Noisecreep. “The bags that I design range from anything small to unusual with many colors, which take the most time.”

Cameron designs 100 percent canvas totes because of their size and the fact that she can hand paint or hand dye the material. “If I find a handbag that might have been mine or one at the local thrift shop, I will recycle it by adding my design to it,” Cameron said. “I like to work with my hands, so everything I sew is hand sewn, no machinery required here. The materials that work best for me are felts, random fabrics that take to my liking and, of course, buttons.”

While she admits she has always been interested in sewing, when her band started hitting the road and touring relentlessly, she realized that “taking up the hobby would kill the many hours we spend driving in the van. I have always considered myself to be an artist, and I would spend my lunch breaks in high school in our art room either painting, sculpting or developing photographs. Being in a full-time touring band makes it hard to be able to use my skills on the road, so sewing kinda makes up for the lack of my art time. And not to mention I really enjoy it.”

You can find her sewing something at the band’s merch table, since she brings her supplies on the road. So if you can put in a custom order in person. “I am inspired by everything that is around me so it’s always easy to come up with a new idea for my handbags,” she said.

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