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Winter Studio Tour artist profile: Eileen Nicol

Bags by Eileen Nicol of Island Canvas Works will be featured during this year
Bags by Eileen Nicol of Island Canvas Works will be featured during this year's Winter Studio Tour on Bainbridge Island.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Bainbridge Island Studio Tour

Tote bag artist Eileen Nicol is one of the dozens of local artists who will be participating in the 30th edition of the Winter Studio Tour on Bainbridge Island.

The free, self-guided tour will be held Dec. 6, 7 and 8 and features more than 60 local artists who are showcasing their work in nine local artists’ studios and community halls.

Artist profile:

Eileen Nicol, Island Canvas Works,

"I use materials recycled and repurposed from our marine canvas business to create unique totes and bags. These include leftover canvas, mesh, gently used sails and vinyl event banners," Nicol said.

"Recently I've begun painting with acrylics on sailcloth and incorporating these into bags," she added. "From totes to messenger and yoga mat bags, I enjoy recombining fabric elements into simple, attractive items to be used every day."

The studios are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all three days of the tour, with live music provided by regional musicians and carolers. Each studio will be festively adorned for the holiday season, and full of hand-crafted artwork.

For complete details on the Winter Studio Tour, including a list of studios, artists, photos, and a map, go to the studio tour website at

Brochures can be downloaded from the website, or found at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce and regional stores.


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