Talking to a client/friend about the whole “Maker/ Slow craft movement” and the position Choxley resides within the movement. So I decided to post some of the discussion.
Here at Choxley we strive to be true makers, we make things with their hands, and one at a time.
True makers’ goods are born of resourcefulness, skill and a dedication-to-work that is fast becoming endangered in this world. These are the artists who still put their minds and hearts to their hands—thoughtfully crafting products of quality and beauty.
We here At Choxley are hunters of well-worn historic fabrics and hardware throughout Columbus and Ohio. Choxley constructs durable, one-of-a-kind tote bags, using almost exclusively found and salvaged textiles. The bags feature materials such as quality cowhide, denim and cotton duck canvas—many with original military or lumber co. screen prints. The bags are reinforced with authentic hardware in polished nickel or antique brass finish.
Choxley creations are made in Columbus from a regionally resource, in direct rebellion to the mass-produced and poor-quality products we see all too frequently being marketed as high end.
Choxleys’ passion is the repurposing of one-of-a-kind tote bags that we create for the Choxley brand using old, salvaged military fabrics. The ultimate find is an old Navy duffle bag that the sailor had hand painted with pictures of pinup girls or the places they have been. We can make it into a tote that is a snap shot of history and the life of a person at that time. The maker/crafter movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. Makers/Crafters tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, renewed old American craftsmanship, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in–China merchandise.
In the UP coming year we will be reaching out to other makers for collaboration’s, social events and pop-up store team-ups. With a group of makers/people we hope to grow a clothing, accessories, and home goods group. We will share more about this after the first of the year, after all the gearing up for the holidays is over.