All About Cork
Cork is an eco-friendly and sustainable material made from the bark of a tree. Imported from Portugal, the bark from the cork tree is removed very carefully without damaging the inner new layer of the tree. The Portuguese cork trees are protected and harvesting practices are regulated. A cork tree lives for approximately 160 years and each tree produces about 15 yields in its lifetime. And, cork can be produced with little waste as much of it can be reused and recycled.
Once harvested, the cork slabs are finely sliced and laminated onto fabric and treated with a protective coat for strength. Lightweight yet durable, cork has a durable yet lovely soft texture that can be wiped clean if necessary. Cork is available in an amazing rainbow of solid colors, printed designs, and specialty laser cutouts.
Crazy over cork
About four years ago I discovered the Sallie Tomato website when trying to find how-to sew videos on the Internet. Based out of Wisconsin, Sallie Tomato is my go-to source for everything involving bag design. Jessica Barrera, the founder and creative genius behind Sallie Tomato, introduced me to this gorgeous material and opened up a whole new creative outlet for me. Take a look at these beautiful printed corks that are currently ready for custom creations in my studio: