Ruth Schmid
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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

    Shopping bags made from past Cambridge Science Festivals and Festival of Ideas.

    Wash bags made from tractor inner tube

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

    Fitzwilliam "Feast and Fast" banner bags and accessories

    Bags and accessories made from banners that advertised the "Feast and Fast" exhibition at the Fiztwilliam Museum. 

    Shoulder bag made from tractor inner tube

    Bicycle Inner Tube Rucksack

    Rucksacks made from used and discarded bicyle and tractor inner tubes.

    My Events

    Christmas Pop-Up at Museum of Cambridge
    1 Dec 2019 - 11:30 to 16:30
    Christmas Pop-Up Fair at the Museum of Cambridge
    Christmas Pop-Up at Museum of Cambridge
    Christmas Open Studio at 18 Hills Avenue 24 November 2019, 2-7pm
    24 Nov 2019 - 14:00 to 19:00
    Festive Sunday afternoon Christmas shopping
    Christmas Open Studio at 18 Hills Avenue 24 November 2019, 2-7pm

    July Open Studios

    Cambridge Open Studios 2021
    Cambridge Open Studios 2021


    Artist Studio for Rent in Cambridge
    Affordable Artist Studios for rent at Unit13, Cambridge Art Salon
    Artist Studio for Rent in Cambridge
    Artist Studios For Rent
    Artist studios for rent at UNIT 13. Rent start from £115/month subject to space size. All creatives practices welcome, including ceramacists. Please contact Ruth at
    Artist Studios For Rent

    Upcycled textiles
    Ruth designs and makes unique bags and accessories by creatively reusing punctured bicycles inner tubes and past the date 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 my stock of recycled materials.  Through my work these used and otherwise on landfills discarded materials are reborn as unique bags, rucksacks and accessories like mobile phone sleeves, pencil cases and even armbands and rings. My designs are on display and for sale at the 'Museum of Cambridge' shop and on my website .