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Sep 10, 2012

by treesizeverse

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My name is Ronald Ceuppens. I was born 42 years ago in a small village called Zemst-Laar, which is located about 20 minutes from Brussels. I live with my partner and our two dogs in Tremelo, Belgium. I’ve been an independent artist for 12 years. I make objects and graphic art, and have exhibitions all over the place.

A couple of years ago I discovered Etsy via a friend. At that time, I was looking for a way to reach out to people who loved my work but could not afford an original piece of art. I feel art should be part of everyone’s life, and available for everyone to buy. I started making small original etchings and opened an Etsy shop in 2009 called Fleurografie.

Around the same time, I was been searching for a bag and rucksacks to carry around my stuff. I deliberately have no driver’s license – I use public transportation or a bike. I needed some nice looking bags to carry along with me, but could not find what I was looking for in shops or on the Internet.

I decided to make them myself. I looked for materials I thought were interesting and lasting. I found some antique linen in a store in Austria and waxed leather at a local leather supplier. The combination was beautiful! I made several bags for my own use, not intending to sell them, but I got so many positive comments and requests from people – even on the street – that I decided to do something. And so Treesizeverse was born.

When you work from your home studio, it can sometimes be pretty lonely. During those times it’s nice to browse Etsy and discover the most amazing stuff that people all over the globe are making. It also gives me a sense of belonging. I’m part of a group of creative minds; I feel there is no competition, and that’s what I like so much. Everyone is doing their own thing.

I don’t like supermarkets and large stores. I feel you get more for your money when you buy local and  homemade stuff. It’s better quality, in general, and it also gives you a sense of being part of a community. I try to use products that have been made with respect for the environment and have a soul of beauty.

I feel that owning something beautiful can give you a special feeling. It reminds you to escape the ordinary and see the beauty in small things. Say you visit a farmers market with a beautiful bag; it adds to the way you experience the market. That’s why I choose materials that are not only beautiful, but also become more beautiful with use.

Before I studied art, I took a classical tailoring course; it gave me insight into how a garment and other fabric objects are made. To me, this is the essence of craftsmanship: knowing your limitations, and working with your boundaries to achieve beautiful results with simple designs.

I feel we can learn a lot from older craftsmen who have years of experience. For me, challening myself to learn and produce better things, educating myself, and passing on knowledge is my life’s goal.

All photographs by Treesizeverse.

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Waxed canvas backpack with roll up top and oiled leather bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas backpack with roll up top and oiled leather bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$229.00 USD
Motorbike bag /motorcycle bag /  bicycle bag in waxed canvas  /  bike accessories
Motorbike bag /motorcycle bag / bicycle bag in waxed canvas / bike accessories
treesizeverse
$155.00 USD
Messenger bag in waxed canvas with leather flap /  Musette  with adjustable shoulderstrap UNISEX
Messenger bag in waxed canvas with leather flap / Musette with adjustable shoulderstrap UNISEX
treesizeverse
$235.00 USD
Waxed canvas tote bag  with leather handles and fold to close top / waterproof tote bag
Waxed canvas tote bag with leather handles and fold to close top / waterproof tote bag
treesizeverse
$159.00 USD
Waxed canvas day bag/small messenger bag COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas day bag/small messenger bag COLLECTION UNISEX
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$112.00 USD
Backpack in waxed canvas with leather closing and padded shoulder straps
Backpack in waxed canvas with leather closing and padded shoulder straps
treesizeverse
$219.00 USD
Waxed canvas backpack with detachable leather side straps and padded laptop compartment / padded shoulder straps
Waxed canvas backpack with detachable leather side straps and padded laptop compartment / padded shoulder straps
treesizeverse
$187.00 USD
Waxed canvas pannier / bicycle bag  with zipper closure / tote bag /  bike accessories
Waxed canvas pannier / bicycle bag with zipper closure / tote bag / bike accessories
treesizeverse
$155.00 USD
Waxed canvas large pouch  bag organizer
Waxed canvas large pouch bag organizer
treesizeverse
$57.00 USD
Daypack / day bag / small backpack in waxed canvas and leather
Daypack / day bag / small backpack in waxed canvas and leather
treesizeverse
$139.00 USD
Weekend bag / diaper bag in waxed canvas  with  leather handles and bottom COLLECTION UNISEX
Weekend bag / diaper bag in waxed canvas with leather handles and bottom COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$229.00 USD
Waxed canvas backpack with roll to close top and vegetable tanned leather shoulderstrap and back reinforcement
Waxed canvas backpack with roll to close top and vegetable tanned leather shoulderstrap and back reinforcement
treesizeverse
$229.00 USD
Waxed canvas tote bag  with leather handles and fold to close top / waterproof tote bag
Waxed canvas tote bag with leather handles and fold to close top / waterproof tote bag
treesizeverse
$159.00 USD
Diaper bag / weekend bag in waxed canvas  with  leather handles and bottom COLLECTION UNISEX
Diaper bag / weekend bag in waxed canvas with leather handles and bottom COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$229.00 USD
Waxed canvas backpack with detachable leather side straps and padded laptop compartment / padded shoulder straps
Waxed canvas backpack with detachable leather side straps and padded laptop compartment / padded shoulder straps
treesizeverse
$187.00 USD
Bike pannier / bicycle bag in waxed canvas with zipper closure / tote bag /  bike accessories
Bike pannier / bicycle bag in waxed canvas with zipper closure / tote bag / bike accessories
treesizeverse
$159.00 USD
Waxed canvas backpack with folded top and waxed canvas shoulderstrap and bottom
Waxed canvas backpack with folded top and waxed canvas shoulderstrap and bottom
treesizeverse
$209.00 USD
waxed canvas backpack / waterproof backpack with padded shoulder straps and water bottle pocket, unisex collection
waxed canvas backpack / waterproof backpack with padded shoulder straps and water bottle pocket, unisex collection
treesizeverse
$175.00 USD
Waxed canvas and leather apron / craftsman's apron / sturdy barber's apron
Waxed canvas and leather apron / craftsman's apron / sturdy barber's apron
treesizeverse
$149.00 USD
Waxed canvas tote bag with leather handles and zipper closure
Waxed canvas tote bag with leather handles and zipper closure
treesizeverse
$119.00 USD
Waxed canvas rucksack / backpack with roll up top and leather shoulderstraps,handle and leather bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas rucksack / backpack with roll up top and leather shoulderstraps,handle and leather bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$198.00 USD
Waxed canvas backpack with roll to close top and vegetable tanned leather shoulderstrap and back reinforcement
Waxed canvas backpack with roll to close top and vegetable tanned leather shoulderstrap and back reinforcement
treesizeverse
$229.00 USD
Waxed canvas backpack with roll up top and leather shoulderstraps,handle and leather bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas backpack with roll up top and leather shoulderstraps,handle and leather bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$209.00 USD
waxed canvas day bag/ small messenger bag/ kangaroo bag with vegetable tanned leather shoulderstrap
waxed canvas day bag/ small messenger bag/ kangaroo bag with vegetable tanned leather shoulderstrap
treesizeverse
$96.00 USD
Messenger bag in waxed canvas with adjustable shoulderstrap UNISEX
Messenger bag in waxed canvas with adjustable shoulderstrap UNISEX
treesizeverse
$185.00 USD
Day bag / small messenger bag in waxed canvas with leather flap and adjustable strap,COLLECTION UNISEX
Day bag / small messenger bag in waxed canvas with leather flap and adjustable strap,COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$89.00 USD
Waxed canvas small pouch / small zipper pouch / coin purse
Waxed canvas small pouch / small zipper pouch / coin purse
treesizeverse
$18.00 USD
Leather tote bag / shoulderbag made from oiled leather and vegetable tanned leather handles
Leather tote bag / shoulderbag made from oiled leather and vegetable tanned leather handles
treesizeverse
$119.00 USD
Waxed canvas backpack / rucksack with folded top and waxed canvas shoulderstrap and bottom
Waxed canvas backpack / rucksack with folded top and waxed canvas shoulderstrap and bottom
treesizeverse
$209.00 USD
Waxed canvas tote bag / carry all with  leather handles and shoulder strap   COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas tote bag / carry all with leather handles and shoulder strap COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$205.00 USD
Bike pannier / bicycle bag in waxed canvas with zipper closure / tote bag /  bike accessories
Bike pannier / bicycle bag in waxed canvas with zipper closure / tote bag / bike accessories
treesizeverse
$159.00 USD
Black waxed canvas tote bag / carry all with  leather handles and leather bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Black waxed canvas tote bag / carry all with leather handles and leather bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
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$145.00 USD
Extra large waxed canvas tote bag  with  leather handles, 3 color bag COLLECTION UNISEX
Extra large waxed canvas tote bag with leather handles, 3 color bag COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$145.00 USD
Waxed canvas backpack with roll to close top and vegetable tanned leather shoulderstraps
Waxed canvas backpack with roll to close top and vegetable tanned leather shoulderstraps
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$249.00 USD
Waxed canvas day bag / small messenger bag COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas day bag / small messenger bag COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$119.00 USD
Waxed canvas pouch/satchel small bag pencil pouch
Waxed canvas pouch/satchel small bag pencil pouch
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$30.00 USD
Leather tote bag / shoulderbag with zipper made from oiled leather
Leather tote bag / shoulderbag with zipper made from oiled leather
treesizeverse
$198.00 USD
Waxed canvas rucksack/backpack with roll up top and waxed canvas shoulderstraps
Waxed canvas rucksack/backpack with roll up top and waxed canvas shoulderstraps
treesizeverse
$187.00 USD
Waxed canvas bag tote bag with  leather handles and bottom in taupe color leather
Waxed canvas bag tote bag with leather handles and bottom in taupe color leather
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$139.00 USD
Leather tote bag / shoulderbag made from oiled leather with roll to close top in waxed canvas
Leather tote bag / shoulderbag made from oiled leather with roll to close top in waxed canvas
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$159.00 USD
Waxed canvas rucksack / waterproof backpack with roll up top and double waxed bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas rucksack / waterproof backpack with roll up top and double waxed bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$169.00 USD
Waxed canvas backpack with detachable leather side straps and padded laptop compartment / padded shoulder straps
Waxed canvas backpack with detachable leather side straps and padded laptop compartment / padded shoulder straps
treesizeverse
$190.00 USD
Waxed canvas bag/ carry all with  leather handles and double waxed canvas bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas bag/ carry all with leather handles and double waxed canvas bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$139.00 USD
Waxed canvas rucksack / waterproof backpack with roll up top and double waxed bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas rucksack / waterproof backpack with roll up top and double waxed bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$175.00 USD
Waxed nubuck wallet Phone wallet  pouche in waxed nubuck Iphone case
Waxed nubuck wallet Phone wallet pouche in waxed nubuck Iphone case
treesizeverse
$38.00 USD
Waxed canvas rucksack / waterproof backpack with roll up top and double waxed bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas rucksack / waterproof backpack with roll up top and double waxed bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$175.00 USD
Waxed canvas bag / carry all with  leather handles and double waxed canvas bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas bag / carry all with leather handles and double waxed canvas bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$129.00 USD
leather wallet  / coin purse / oiled leather wallet / portemonnaie
leather wallet / coin purse / oiled leather wallet / portemonnaie
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$45.00 USD
Waxed canvas tote bag with  leather handles and double waxed canvas bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas tote bag with leather handles and double waxed canvas bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$135.00 USD
Waxed canvas bag/ carry all with  leather handles and double waxed canvas bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas bag/ carry all with leather handles and double waxed canvas bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$129.00 USD
tote bag in waxed canvas with leather handles and zipper closure
tote bag in waxed canvas with leather handles and zipper closure
treesizeverse
$129.00 USD
Waxed canvas pencil pouch / small pouch with zipper
Waxed canvas pencil pouch / small pouch with zipper
treesizeverse
$32.00 USD
tote bag in waxed canvas with leather handles and zipper closure
tote bag in waxed canvas with leather handles and zipper closure
treesizeverse
$119.00 USD
Waxed canvas rucksack / waterproof backpack with roll up top and double waxed bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas rucksack / waterproof backpack with roll up top and double waxed bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$175.00 USD
Messenger bag in waxed canvas / Musette  with adjustable shoulderstrap UNISEX
Messenger bag in waxed canvas / Musette with adjustable shoulderstrap UNISEX
treesizeverse
$219.00 USD
Waxed Canvas Bicycle Handle Bar and Messenger Bag with zipper closure
Waxed Canvas Bicycle Handle Bar and Messenger Bag with zipper closure
treesizeverse
$89.00 USD
Waxed canvas backpack with roll to close top and vegetable tanned leather shoulderstrap and back reinforcement
Waxed canvas backpack with roll to close top and vegetable tanned leather shoulderstrap and back reinforcement
treesizeverse
$269.00 USD
Waxed canvas tote bag - simple tote bag -  carry all with  leather handles
Waxed canvas tote bag - simple tote bag - carry all with leather handles
treesizeverse
$87.00 USD
Waxed canvas rucksack/backpack with folded top and double waxed bottom UNISEX medium size
Waxed canvas rucksack/backpack with folded top and double waxed bottom UNISEX medium size
treesizeverse
$198.00 USD
Waxed canvas rucksack/backpack with roll up top and oiled leather bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
Waxed canvas rucksack/backpack with roll up top and oiled leather bottem COLLECTION UNISEX
treesizeverse
$209.00 USD

2 Featured Comments

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago Featured

    Wonderful article, it can get lonely in the studio, but everytime I get a message on Etsy I do feel connected to a special group of people, creators of beautiful things, and i feel so lucky to be able to stay home, where my heart is and my creativiy abounds. Your work is beautiful! Congratulations!

  • papasworkshopct

    Christopher from papasworkshopct said 4 years ago Featured

    Creating can help us connect with ourselves and the beauty of things big and small around us. Your explanation of your art and the process of art is spot on!

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