WENDY STEVENS’ unique use of stainless steel for her handbag creations was first inspired by her growing up years in Cleveland, home of U.S. Steel, and later New York’s East Village art scene where she began noticing sheet metal all around her. She continues to cull inspiration from anywhere she finds it. Sometimes, she seeks to meet a need, while other items find their genesis in more unexpected sources.
Wendy’s exquisitely designed and crafted metal purses crosses the borders of design, fashion and craft. Some whimsical, some dainty, some sleek and classic, her handbag creations have earned media recognition; having been featured in Spanish Vogue and in W Magazine. Wendy also exhibited at craft shows, including Philadelphia Museum of Art and Smithsonian events. Her work is in galleries and museum stores, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 2010 the Tassenmuseum in Amsterdam (the English translation is “Museum of Bags and Purses”) mounted a solo exhibition of her full collection.