Friday, August 1, 2008

Focus On: Mink Hebert

A few months ago I got a yen for a bag. I don't do bags so it was quite a challenge for me to identify what I wanted and to stay in any sort of budget. Enter acajou, quirky, yet not too loud and with the addition of a custom pocket, perfect!
Mink impressed me with her professionalism as well, and I'd recommend her any time!
Love my bag, by the way!
Name: Mink Hebert
Tell us about yourself. What makes you, you?
I communicate through making things. I am interested in beauty and freedom~ creating for me is always an attempt to express that.
Do you see yourself as an artist or craftsman or both?
Both. I think of Acajou as craft because a bag's function outweighs the import of it's visual language. I also paint and consider that more "serious" art.
What made you want to be an artist?
I don't know that I ever made the conscious decision to be an artist. I have always been driven to create and I just think of it as play. It is a privilege and also a necessity.
Why bags?
Bags are fun to make... I like pushing the possibilities of with them because the form is basic and their purpose so commonplace.
How do you see your style?
Sophisticated yet childlike. Sometimes elegant, sometimes quirky.
What's the most wonderful thing you've made? The oddest?
One of the first Little Kite Handbags I made captures what I am trying to achieve- I still go back to it as a reference. The oddest? Some of the things that don't make it to my shop!
What inspires you?
Many things. I am inspired by Japanese, Scandinavian, and French design. Nature, children's books, the animal kingdom, anatomy, color, etc.
Tell us about your creative process.
I spend the most time putting fabrics together. Looking at how colors and textures work together or contrast. I have patterns I made that I use for construction of each style of bag. The fun part is working with the individual textiles to make a piece unique.
How did you get on Etsy and where else do you sell?
I found Etsy by chance almost two years ago and it took me a while to open shop. I also sell my bags in a boutique called, Tapestry, in Calgary, Canada and I am currently looking at other local venues to feature my designs.
Describe your shop.
Busy, cheerful!
Make a recommendation.
This is the first shop on Etsy that I hearted:
I love it...
Tell us the answer to a question that we didn't ask, but should have. If you can't think of anything, tell us something random.
What is next for Acajou? I am making dolls with the leftover scraps from my bags- I am excited because this is a way for me to keep from wasting fabric.


  1. Great interview. Keep up the good work. If I need a bag, I will go to her shop.

  2. I love your jewelry, such beautiful designs!
    Sandra Evertson

  3. Your bag is so unique, I love it, too :)
    Thanks for featuring this wonderful shop.