Learning the art of sewing from two wonderful grandmothers was the start of a lifelong obsession for Denise.  Her mother fostered the craft by facilitating clothing construction activities and a Raggedy Ann and Andy production business that financed extra school expenses.  A special aunt taught that the “inside of a project must look just as finished as the outside”. So began a lifelong passion for textile arts.

 A BS and MS in Home Economics Education with a specialization in clothing and textiles honed the skills and added experience in fiber and textiles.

 After retiring from a local school district as a program specialist, Denise found herself at the sewing machining creating custom beach bags and tote bags for friends and family. Bags by the Beach grew out of a demand for quality custom Florida-inspired functional tote bags.  And, let’s face it, the more bags the better!

 

Bags by the Beach...

Denise Kirkeeng 

Fine Art -Artists at work in the "Heart of Matlacha"

Original Fine Art & Jewelry- Voted Best Art Gallery in Matlacha