Ashley Jessiman & Ian Dunlop (SodaKitsch) are modern British bag makers based in Edinburgh. Ashley studied Graphic Design which sparked an interest in printmaking. Whilst Ian took leather working courses which led him to take up an apprenticeship at a bag makers in Edinburgh.
To produce their bags and accessories they use natural vegetable tanned leather and soy wax canvas, all sourced in the UK. Each pieces is slowly crafted by hand, the leather is decorated by SCREEN PRINTING using eco friendly water based inks to make unique and bespoke items. The duo also dye, wax and burnish all of their bags by hand and all stitching is hand-finished for strength and durability. Fixtures and fittings are all Brittish solid cast brass wear with all pieces embossed with the Sodakitsch logo.
SCREEN PRINTING is a form of traditional printmaking, a technique which forces ink through a mesh screen with a pre drawn pattern, allowing the ink to be transferred onto a number of surfaces like paper, metal or fabric.
Inspired by the quality craftsmanship of the past they build their bags to last, to be passed down through the generations. No time or expense spared!
Sodakitsch are currently working on a larger range of canvas and leather products like the lunch bag, this will hopefully ready to launch this coming Summer. These will be launched under S.K Works and will be a more utilitarian collection.
As well as the canvas and leather products they are also working on a new range of prints for their screen printed leather goods which will be launching next Autumn.
To purchase any of these items or view more about Sodakitsch or see more images of these items please visit treat Store here.
Photos courtesy of the artist and Lewis Matheson