Swedish-American artist Michele Pred made a smashing impression at the Oscars with her vintage-sourced handbag designs that seek to raise awareness and promote social change. Titled 'The Power of the Purse,' each piece bears words, phrases or numbers of significance. From "MY BODY, MY BUSINESS" and "EQUAL PAY" to 79% ("as in, the amount of a white man's salary that a white woman earns"), 64% ("the figure for black women"), and 54% ("for Latina women"), the handbag designs are an activist's dream accessory.
Michele Pred decorates her "mobile art pieces" with an electroluminescent wire. The canvas of the activist statement is chosen because the purse is a symbol of female power since the mid-twentieth century. Michele Pred's wonderful handbag designs fell into the "hands of some kickass ladies," including actress Sarah Hones, Jodi Long and Oscar-nominated costume artist Deborah Landis.
Photo Credits: Tawni Bannister