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.

Messenger/Laptop Bag made from tractor inner tube

Tractor Inner Tube Messenger/Laptop Bag

Messenger Bag made from discarded tractor inner tube. Outside zip pocket. An inside zip compartment and one with velcro closure.

Banner Shopping Bag

Banner shopping bag made from an expired advertisning banner from the Cambridge Science Festival.

Wash bags made from tractor inner tube

Washbags cases made from used and discarded tractor inner tube. Different sizes.

Tractor Inner Tube Wash Bags

    Shoulder bag made from tractor inner tube

    July Open Studios

    Cambridge Open Studios 2019
    Cambridge Open Studios 2019


    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

    Re-cycled textiles
    Ruth designs and makes unique, eco-friendly bags from re-cycled bicycle/ tractor inner tubes and expired advertising banners.
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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 and there are plenty in Cambridge. Recently, I added used tractor and car inner tubes to work with.  Through my work these used and otherwise discarded materials 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  Urban Shed and Flat Planet Cycle at Kings Street in Cambridge.