Gallery: Leslie Oschmann Recycles Vintage Oil Paintings Into One-of-a-Kind...

"Someone else may look at the same painting and wonder why I don't use it for a bag," she adds.

So tell us, is recycling oil paintings into bags haute or not?

  • 10 Votes HELL NO! They should be preserved in their original state for posterity.
  • 182 Votes HELL YES! Better they find a functional purpose than gather dust in someone's attic.

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Each one-of-a-kind carryall, Oschmann says, tells a story with its distinctive patterns of age and wear. “I suppose there is an argument for critics who think I am abusing paintings,” she admits. “The way I look at it, I am using paintings that would otherwise never see the light of day.”

Each one-of-a-kind carryall, Oschmann tells Ecouterre, tells a story with its distinctive patterns of age and wear.

Still, Oschmann has her limits. “I personally have a vast collection of paintings that I would never use for anything other than their original intent, because they mean something to me,” she says. “Someone else may look at the same painting and wonder why I don’t use it for a bag—[it’s an] ‘eye of the beholder’ kind of thing!”

+ Oil Painting Shoulder Bag €275

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