Art Explosion Studios
744 Alabama St, SF ,CA
Studio number: 236
Artist Statement:About Renata Martins:
I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The beach was a major part of my life. Ipanema beach, one of my favorite places. I used to skip on the sidewalk’ s patterns making it an endless game for me.
Life brought me to San Francisco 15 years ago and I started taking fashion classes. For a summer break, my assignment was to make a bag to match a coat I had just made in tailoring class.
So that is how it all started…
When I started making bags I wanted to make my own fabric, the Ipanema pattern was an obvious choice that spoke to my heart.
The Ipanema pattern is made exclusively for me in San Francisco.
I love fabric prints! So I am always thinking of my next print.
I also love vintage fabric that I use on my Aunt Harriet line of clutches.
I design my handbags and I use natural fabric, that I print myself. I make all my bags in my studio in the Mission district in San Francisco.