Bronsino

Denise’s interest in working with reclaimed and recycled materials began while going to art school in the late 80’s and early 90’s. For many years she had made her own hand bound sketchbooks from off cuts of printmaker's paper and discarded leather from a furniture factory. This was the beginning of the path that would later lead to her producing the line of handbags, belts and accessories that she is now well known for.

In 2002, after several years of traveling and exhibiting her artwork, Wilson combined her interests and skills to launch her original label Patina Designs. The playful line utilized reclaimed leathers from local sources accented with hand printed silk screen images.

A few years later the Bronsino label was introduced. Originally gaining attention for their luxury women's handbags the line now includes items for men, an extensive range of belts, jewellery and accessories. In recent years there has been a return to an interest in working collaboratively with other artists & designers. The collaborations are producing such unique work as leather eyeglass frames, baby alpaca scarves & shawls and jewellery combining leather and ceramic.

Currently there is a heavy focus on reclaimed & upcycled leather that has been painted, printed or stenciled. Much of this work is produced in collaboration with her husband and draws from both of their backgrounds working in commercial and fine art.

The Bronsino line pays homage to the 16th century Florentine artist Agnolo Bronzino and her husband's family home on Bronsino Street in Lima, Peru.

The finely crafted handbags, journals and accessories from the Bronsino collection are classically inspired works of art produced in very limited numbers.

ARTIST STATEMENT
For me working with leather has been a natural progression from the printmaking. The process is very much the same for me. It's about evolution, paring things down, stripping things away and working intuitively. I love responding to chance encounters and utilizing unexpected materials & processes as well as adapting processes from one material to another.

My desire to not create waste is what lead to the materials I use. The leftover leathers from the production of the original books lead to the production of coin purses which lead to finding other sources for softer leathers which lead to using vintage jackets and coats. Getting bored with making so many small items lead to making bags out of the vintage coats.

Along with exploring in the studio I am also exploring through language & travel. I spend considerable time traveling … or thinking about where to travel next. My husband is from Peru. We spend quite a bit of time there. I am also particularly fond of Spain. My ideas flourish when I travel & I always feel the most creative after returning to the studio after months of absorbing ideas.

Bronsino Designs for Living pays homage to the 16th century Florentine artist Agnolo Bronzino and the home of my husband's family on Bronsino Street in Lima, Peru.

The finely crafted bags, belts, journals and accessories from the Bronsino collection are classically inspired works of art produced in very limited numbers.

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