About grantLOVE Collaborations

 

For over ten years, the grantLOVE project has partnered with artists, designers, printmakers, and craftsmen to create limited-edition artworks based on Alexandra Grant's trademarked LOVE symbol. Each grantLOVE artwork and product benefits an artist project, arts education organization, or arts nonprofit. It is both a fundraising and a friendraising project, building partnerships and support between artists, non-profits, and community initiatives.

Hartjess

Hartjess is Jessica Van Abeelen Melker based in the Netherlands. Jessica makes upcycled tote bags from an array of different fabrics, from used jeans to table cloths. A combination of new and used material ensures green production methods and overall quality and durability.  

 

Hartjess is Jessica Van Abeelen Melker based in the Netherlands. Jessica makes upcycled tote bags from an array of different fabrics, from used jeans to table cloths. A combination of new and used material ensures green production methods and overall quality and durability. 

 

BIO

Born in Germany of a Dutch father and a German mother, Jessica learned both languages at a young age. Throughout her time at school, language was an important part of her education and she learned English, German, and French.

Searching for direction, Jessica held many jobs and learned a variety of skills—many of which were self taught. Around 2015, she decided to take this ability to adapt and learn and apply it to make a difference. After years of making things on her mother's sewing machine, she wanted to make upcycled things out of old and second hand materials. It had to be bags. Tote bags.

All of Jessica's bags are made of very different materials, such as used jeans or a used table cloth. You name it, nothing is too crazy. A combination of new and used material ensures green production methods and overall quality and durability. 

Every single bag is unique and handmade. Jessica's bags are meticulously made, often to make a statement or respond to current events.

The name Hartjess was easily chosen—the ideas for the bags come from the heart, and "Jess" is short for Jessica!



Other information & links

Facebook: Hartjess

Instagram: @jessabeelenmelker

email: hartjessbags@gmail.com

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