Kathryn Smythe is a crafts person creating old fashioned new things. From her 1934 toaster to her 1962 Ford Galaxie hot rod, she revels in the workmanship and ethos of days gone by. Kathryn has adopted from this earlier time a commitment to craft with integrity as she brings her unique sense of style, pattern, design and value to each found material.
Smythe revives fabrics from the 1940's to the 1970's and creates beautiful modern accessories. 30 years of craft based industry experience in Toronto, a lifetime of sewing and her obsession for vintage items come together culminating in her particular vision. Kathryn left the city of Toronto in 2014 to pursue her passion full-time.
Carnival of Kitsch rescues the fine fabrics of the past and refashions them into stylish, practical accessories for the present. From concept through design each piece is hand made from repurposed vintage (1940's-1970's) curtains, upholstery, cushion covers, tablecloths and other forgotten fabrics of everyday life. All designs begin with an idea, progress to a sketch and are then developed into a full working pattern.
Fabric is selected and cut individually for each object, allowing greater care to be taken when highlighting the most delightful sections of these unique remnants of textile history. Once all the pattern pieces are cut they are then meticulously sewn into the final object.
The last stage is to attach the finishing elements, snaps, straps, handles and other embellishments such as vintage buttons and trims. All aspects of production including sourcing the vintage materials, pattern design and drafting, fabric selection, cutting, stitching and finishing are performed by me. The product line includes messenger bags, hand bags, shoulder bags, fabric wrist cuffs, cosmetics and toiletries.
Find Kathryn at Artfest Port Credit, from May 29 - 31!