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Meet your Maker(s): Busty's Fun Bags

December 7, 2011

As part of my new job at Paper Crane and in preparing for the holiday season, I will be highlighting an artist whose work is represented at Paper Crane each week throughout the season.

This week I’m honored to introduce you to Michele Warble, aka Busty, of Busty’s Fun Bags out of Indianapolis, IN.

Busty Sanchez. The name sound familiar? It might if you’re familiar with one of the founding members of the Naptown Roller Girls, Michelle Warble. I’m sure we can all imagine why Michelle’s chosen Derby name was Busty Sanchez, but we’ll leave that for another article, in the meantime, we’re going to focus on what came after Busty Sanzhez, her second incarnation if you will; Busty’s Fun Bags.

Growing up close to her grandparents in Shelby County and taking part in the annual Pioneer Craft Fair that her family would help to put on, Michelle has always been a natural creative. From stained glass projects to jewelry and weaving, Michelle has tried her hand at (almost) it all.  But it wasn’t until she retired from the Naptown Roller Girls that Michelle busted out the borrowed sewing machine to try and fashion herself a bag. Armed with her 7th grade home ec skills and a pattern she set to work. A bag was made. And then many more, for friends, for family, for roller girls I’m sure. And then, Busty’s Fun Bags was born.

Busty’s bags are a colorful mix of hipster meets Rainbow Brite. Her bags are super modern and versatile- crafted from mostly cotton, vinyl, and felt – and feel amazing. Geometric patterns and lines of varying angles grace the fronts of her bags creating depth and interest, as well as giving the bag not only that one of a kind feel, but also that splash of color we all want to have with our accessories. And if bags aren’t your style, Busty has wallets for you that are soft to the touch, versatile, stylish, modern and easy on the . . . wallet.

By day Michelle toils away at a consumer products company on their Paper Crafting (scrapbooking) line, but by night Busty is busy in her home studio, Lovingly dubbed ‘the sweatshop’, where she designs and creates her masterpieces. When she’s not being held captive by her sewing machine you can find her speaking Spanish while riding her Vespa. Ok, well, not really. But, she does speak fluent Spanish and is a card carrying member of a Scooter Club!

Busty’s Fun Bags of all shapes and sizes, including wallets for your fella, are available at Paper Crane Handmade StorePaper Crane is open Fri. 2-8, Sat. 10-4, and Sun 12-5.

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  1. December 7, 2011 1:55 pm

    I love her stuff! I bought a wallet for myself over the summer and recently purchased two more for my best friends as holiday gifts.

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