ALL HANDBAGS ARE HANDMADE BY ARTIST LIBBY MITCHELL
AT HER HOME STUDIO IN GREENVILLE, SC
A CRAFTY COUNTRY GIRL TURNED FIBER ARTIST AND DESIGNER
“I can do this all by myself….” The mantra of a stubborn and crafty twelve year old. I’m not sure if anyone knew I was stowed away in the attic, stitching together a mauve jersey knit gown with no pattern, on a White Brand sewing machine that I bought at a nearby garage sale with lunch money leftovers. Improvising my way through a life adorned with countless d.i.y. endeavors is sort of my bag, so when it came time to pick a name for my business of building little works of wearable art, Add Libb just seemed to fit.
This pretty much still describes my creative process. The materials themselves are my inspiration. They tell me how to fashion and combine them to make them more beautiful, more distinctive. I fall in love with a fabric here, a supple leather there, maybe a great vintage finding, and it is not until I get into the studio that things begin to come together. Sometimes the process takes me on a walk of beautiful Charleston, revealing a curly-q tendril or an architectural detail that inspires me and makes its way into my artwork.
My handbags can be integrated into anyone’s wardrobe. My own personal style ranges from colorful to neutral, and from whimsical to classic. The motivation behind every design remains the same: to create a statement piece, an accessory with the ability to not only make an outfit, but to beg the question, time and time again, of “Where did you get that purse?”
I was born and raised in Charlottesville, VA, where I attended the University of Virginia, graduating with a BA in Anthropology in 2005. Historically a jack-of-all-crafts, I grew up sewing, weaving and woodworking, to name a few hobbies. After two years in Charleston, a land of artistic individuals and entrepreneurs, I began to wonder what I was waiting for. Add Libb was born in late 2007 and I have never looked back.
In July of 2019 my family and I moved to Greenville, SC. We are excited to be embarking on a new journey in an art-centric, friendly, gorgeous town, and we feel blessed to now be closer to both our families and the mountains. I am happy to say that Add Libb is thriving as much as we are here.
Add Libb grew from a true love of the materials themselves and a passion for an artisan lifestyle, immersed in color and creativity. It is from this happy place that I hope to bring a fresh breath of Southern artistic style wherever I go.