COLLAB V1 by claire ashley and ogechi anyanwu

COLLAB V1 is the first in a series of limited edition collaborations between visual artists and fashion and accessories designers. the premier local eclectic collaboration is the joint effort between chicago visual artist claire ashley and accessories designer ogechi anyanwu of eye of the sun. claire ashley hand-painted a large roll of canvas employing her signature style and brightly colored spray paint.

ogechi cut the fabric into 50 individual bags and hand sewed each bag with a small snap. the bags can be rolled and carried as a clutch or wallet within a larger tote or kept loose and stuffed with your bathroom essentials or whatever your heart desires.

the bags were produced in a limited edition of 50 available exclusively through local eclectic. 

about the designer: ogechi anyanwu is a designer living and working in chicago. she attended depaul university where she received a degree in computer science. she created her bag and wallet line, eye of the sun, just over a year ago. her bags are currently sold exclusively on local eclectic and select chicago boutiques.

about the artist: claire ashley is a chicago based visual artist originally from edinburgh, scotland. she received her MFA in painting and drawing. her recent work investigates inflatables as painting, sculpture, installation and performance costume. claire’s work has been shown at the chicago artists coalition, chicago cultural center, designcloud, museum of contemporary art in chicago, and the decordova sculpture park and museum (lincoln, ma), helen day art center, (stowe, vt), columbus college of art and design, (columbus, oh), art gallery of mississauga, (mississauga, on, can), miami basel (miami, fl), dallas art fair (dallas, tx), and art santa fe (santa fe, nm) among many others. her work has been reviewed in publications such as art papers, sculpture magazine, chicago tribune, and time out chicago. she is represented by galleri urbane marfa + dallas, tx, and ror contemporary, miami, fl.

it was a fabulous experience working with ogechi. for two extremely busy women we managed to coordinate our components to a t. I am ecstatic about how ogechi transformed my painted surfaces into these gorgeous objects!
— claire ashley on her experience working with ogechi anyanwu on COLLAB V1
working with claire was an amazing experience and I am truly pleased with our final design. I envy her bold use of bright colors and shapes and I felt the end product was an accurate blend of our aesthetics. collaborations are a refreshing process. it takes you out of your all too familiar processes and forces you to think and create differently. I look forward to future collaborations for eye of the sun.
— ogechi anyanwu of eye of the sun on the collaborative process with claire ashley