Each BENE handbag is lined with custom printed fabric featuring original artwork by local New Orleans female artists.
Gretchen Howard's original artwork has been featured on the inside liner pattern for each BENE handbag as well as the silk scarf collection. Ms. Howard was born and raised in the heart and soul of New Orleans. As an artist, she describes herself foremost as a colorist. Her work employs a rich array of symbols and color which quietly communicate a deeply personal meaning in every composition. Her early focus included graphic design and decorative painting, however, in the last 15 years her career has shifted to creating mixed media abstracts and commissioned designs. Her work has appeared in eight solo showings through Soren Christensen Gallery and she appears throughout the country in private collections.
As native New Orleanian, figurative work has been my primary focus; themes vary between environmental, political, and personal issues. I’ve always considered myself a painter, however, recent work includes digital photography, word art, collage, and drawing. I best describe my latest body of work as “instantaneous accidental representation”. I am thrilled to be a part of this year's interior guest artist of the BENE collection!