Sunday, May 16, 2010


by Brooke Pickering, of Bancroft Studios

As some of you might remember, last fall my business went through some major changes. One of the biggest was a new home in a shared artist space at the Lydia Pinkham Building in Lynn. To date I have been joined by two painters – one abstract and one portrait – one fashion designer and a company called Coutureplanet who make the most adorable hand bags from 100% post consumer newspaper.

Their handbags bear headlines from the world of art and culture, food and dining, travel, sports, and haute couture. Coutureplanet was founded by Constance Carman and started as a recycling project. Connie, as the buyer for the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, observed stacks of newspapers going into the recycling bin--or worse, trash can--and become involved with the hotel’s green team.

Here’s a peak at a few of their offerings-

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