Ruth Schmid
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Recycled Bicycle Inner Tube Bags

Shoulder Bag

Banner Bag

Shopping bag made from expired advertising banners from the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2018
Cambridge Open Studios 2018


Artist Studio for Rent at Unit 13
Unit13 is a unique industial unit where about 20 artists and designer makers have space for creative ideas and work. We have a shared studio available, preferrably for a person working with textiles, but other creative practices are welcome.
Artist Studio for Rent at Unit 13
Artist Studios For Rent
Artist studios for rent at UNIT 13. Rent start from £125/month subject to space size. All creatives practices welcome, including ceramacists. Please contact Ruth at
Artist Studios For Rent

Up-cycled textiles
Exhibiting with UNIT 13 Selection of artists of the Cambridge Art Salon @ Barnwell Business Park, Unit 13, Cambridge, CB5 8UY
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When I moved to Cambridge in 2002 I bought a sturdy sewing machine and started to design and make bags from coated materials. As my aspiration for design I use bright colour combinations. Some years ago I found a smashing advertising banner in a skip. This ignited my interest in turning all kinds of advertising banners into bags. I liked the fact that each bag was unique and different. Then I ran out of good quality banners. Looking out for alternatives I found a great new material that is very common in Cambridge – used bicycle inner tubes. It’s a great and versatile material to work with. Through my work they are reborn as unique bags and accessories like mobile phone sleeves, pencil cases and even armbands and rings. My designs are on display and for sale at the 'Cambridge Museum's' shop, the 'Life on a Bike' bike shop on Mill Road, the  Urban Shed and Flat Planet Cycle at Kings Street in Cambridge.