Patti started making deerskin bags in 1971, at first for herself, then for friends. She was was only planning to do it until she figured out what to be when she grew up. She had no training, and her early bags had almost no construction. She describes them as "sort of Abstract Expressionist bags". Some styles, updated, are still available from Erda today.
Today, she collects intelligence from the press, the net, the cosmopolitan world, and customers, to bring back to the studio in Maine, ten miles from the nearest small town. Drawing upon the creativity and skills of a group of collaborating craftswomen, the bags feature structure, zippers, pockets, and functionality that embody the spirit of Erda in a fresh, up-to-date form.
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