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After years as a business analyst working in the area of information technology, I left technology to pursue different creative opportunities. After studying at Ontario College of Art and Design, I decided to move from Toronto to Antigonish NS where, an excess of encaustic medium, explorations in colouring textiles led me to making hand dyed, waxed canvas bags and this became Antigonish Bag Company. I have since refined the wax - I'm not using encaustic medium anymore - and I'm beginning to stretch my product line.
Each bag starts as a length of unbleached cotton canvas which fully transformed as it is dyed and waxed by hand.
I use unbleached cotton canvas, direct dye, rivets, thread, leather, wax, interfacing, zippers. The most relevant materials are leather and canvas. I prefer to use natural materials and in the case of my waxed canvas bags – unbleached cotton canvas is the right choice because it has the tooth to hold the wax and the wax will be absorbed evenly. The leather holds up well – it ages well, its strong and has the rustic feeling I want for the bags.
All orders are shipped via Canada Post using the lowest cost method - this cost varies depending on the region and I may not be able to provide you with a tracking number.
If you're in a hurry, please contact me so we can assess alternate shipping options and cost.
Delivery standards vary. Delivery within Canada is generally 3 - 5 days. US deliveries take between 5-8 days: these are business days and this time doesn't include any time spent in customs. International packages take from 6-10 days to 4-6 weeks.