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This purse is part of the charity auction event "Purse"ue Your Dreams for the Arts and Culture Committee of the Village of Niles, Illinois. It supports the charity WINGS, which provides housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to help end domestic violence.

The purse that I was assigned definitely had a “Western Vibe” to it, with the nail-studded trim all around and the overall shape suggesting a saddle. After musing over this, the idea of using western cattle brands as an all-over pattern to suggest movement akin to cattle milling about in a corral seemed appropriate. Of course, ranchers physically brand cattle, but manufacturers also brand all of their merchandise to make it stand out in the retail arena, so the double entendre “Branded” is appropriate.