swarm | a giveaway.


i have long been an admirer of amsterdam-based artist leslie oshmann of swarm. leslie’s talent is taking vintage canvas paintings and giving them a whole new life — as furniture, journals, pillows, and, handbags. Each bag is utterly unique, made from vintage paintings, leather and linen, reclaimed objects made new in Amsterdam. leslie finds her materials in dutch markets, antique shops, and flea markets everywhere from paris to belgium — all bespoke design made without a pre-existing pattern. today, we’re hosting a worldwide giveaway of a beautiful swarm home bag — of one lucky winner’s choice from available bespoke collection.


to win one of leslie oshmann’s swarm bags, simply:


• visit the swarm collection and pick out your piece any of the swarm collections:

• comment here on the blog sharing your piece from swarm (furniture, bags, journals, accessories) by monday, march 24th at midnight pst.

• winner will be able to select the bag of their choice from one of a kind inventory available after march 24th.

• as always, please be sure to leave a way to contact you via twitter, facebook, your blog or email.

• yay! this giveaway is worldwide!

• we’ll announce a random winner by the end of week of march 24th on my twitter account, so be sure to follow along.



216 Responses to “swarm | a giveaway.”
  1. Chelsea W says:

    I adore the Crete bag like posted above. Just, wow!

  2. Erin says:

    The “Mountains” bag is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kate M says:

    My favourite is the Tropics bag – though pity that it’s sold out! However, one could honestly not go wrong with these bags. All so beautiful and unique! Ah, fingers crossed and I’ll be following along on twitter (I’m @KateMetcalf) anxiously! :D

  4. Sara Cla. says:

    Hi! My favorite bag is the Amsterdam one. http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/painting-bag-amsterdam-free-shipping

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Susan Jett says:

    I love the Abstract bag!

  6. Justino says:

    Love the tropical bag it’s very prada!

  7. Michele says:

    So hard to pick just one….but if I have to then it is Provence http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/painting-bag-provence-free-shipping

  8. christa says:

    I like Blue Sea. Many of the bags seem to be sold already.

  9. Stephanie says:

    Love the Zeeland! (especially with my Belgian roots :))

  10. Carlotta says:

    I like Yvette bag.

  11. Alyssa G. says:

    I adore all of these works of art!!!! It seems indelicate to just call them bags, brings to mind the picture of the sad and lonely bag lady. And I have to say, that if the “bag lady” was using these “bags” (gorgeous masterpieces) then I would be more than happy to take on that role!
    I think that Crete is my favorite, I just love the different textures used.

  12. Katie K says:

    Blue Sea is a beauty.

  13. Erin Ellis says:

    How gorgeous! I love the Painting Bag – Yvette. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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  14. sue says:

    I’ve always been inspired by these bags, and her other work. Ocean is beautiful. And Yvette is a close second.

  15. Painters Bag Blue Sea

  16. Tiffany says:

    I love either the Paris or Zeeland Painting bags.

  17. The Zeeland Bag is my favorite! The Holland theme is perfect for a small afternoon cafe getaway with an ipad mini, a book and sunglasses. Thank you Victoria and Swarm! :)

  18. Regina says:

    Oh how I love the ocean one…with its water and sky….so perfectly me….but it is already sold!

  19. Cece says:

    Love Leslie’s bags. Crete is my favorite.

  20. Valerie says:

    Good Morning Victoria and Lucy! Am LOVING their ….OCEAN…..bag…..gorgeous site! Thanks and cheers, Valerie :)

  21. maya says:

    I love the Painting Bag – Mountains:)

  22. Lin says:

    Thanks for the giveaway offer, Victoria. The Crete is my favorite, but they are all lovely.

  23. Natalie says:

    Thank you for another great giveaway! I love Provence and Paris…merci beaucoup!

  24. Sally says:

    They are all so beautiful, but the Crete one would be my choice. Now I am going back to browsing the site.

  25. nj says:

    i have been a fan of swarm forever. it’s hard to pick just one…but i love abstract, zealand an Yvette.

  26. bnehart says:

    LOVE Zooland bag…or any of them!

  27. sarah says:

    thank you so much for sharing this awesome work!!
    fell in love with the zeeland bag but any other item as well, actually.
    sarah (sahrem(at)hotmail.de)

  28. Debbie says:

    Oh, I love these bags! My favorite is the Yvette bag. I just love her face peeking out!

  29. cindy says:

    hello everyone……i love them ALL!! the artistry, the vintage worn look and the european feel to them would make anyone happy to carry one. love the mountain one and the zeeland one. thank you for offering this to one lucky winner, i am sure they will be thrilled…….cindy

  30. caitlin says:

    i’ve been admiring swarm’s bags for ages but hadn’t seen the chairs. they’re amazing! land and sea is especially nice.

  31. Monica says:

    Love the Crete bag! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  32. Tina says:

    Friesland is so dreamy!

  33. maggie says:

    I love the mountain journal. What an inspiring idea to upcycle canvas paintings!

  34. Sabrina says:

    I LOVE the second bag in this post.

  35. Anoek says:

    They are all so beautiful. Love the Crete bag!
    Anoek (anoek_mees@hotmail.com)

  36. Catharine Ryan says:

    my pick from the Swarm site is the Myriad Necklace – Desert
    it’s art you can wear!
    flip the tiny chunky wooden disc to change the scene.

    ( the red kids chair is a close second )

    i need to give more time to explore Found

    xx Catharine

  37. Laura says:

    I, too, have been admiring swarm’s work for a long, long time. I would be overjoyed with any piece, large or small, and treasure it like was my own child. I particularly love the hanging portrait panel. MMMM.. yum!

  38. Lynne says:

    My favorites are the Paris and Crete painting bags. I’d love to win one, they are so amazing.

  39. Jo says:

    Ocean is my choice! No wonder it’s already sold out…

  40. Niniane says:

    These are lovely! I adore the Friesland bag.

  41. Tina says:

    Yvette of course!!!

  42. Lisa says:

    The Crete Painting bag is my favorite, but they are all wonderful. Terrific giveaway.

  43. Maria says:

    I love the flower bag above …. so beautiful creations!!! :)

  44. Candice says:

    Absolutely love the friesland bag – love the size, love handles, love the print. Thanks for the offer!

  45. Sandi says:

    The Amsterdam bag is my favorite. Lovely memories of that place. Thx for such a great giveaway.

  46. Lorraine says:

    The Amsterdam bag is gorgeous! I’ll be visiting there this Spring!

  47. iain says:

    the Painting Bag – Mountains

  48. Tammy says:

    The Crete bag is my current favorite. I would use it everyday and be sure to give it and Leslie lots of art love!!!

  49. Peggy Muncie says:

    I think they are all beautiful and so unique. I would be delighted with any of them, as they are all works of art xx

  50. carly G says:

    I love the Painting Bag – Abstract

  51. such a huge fan of this work.

    this might be my favorite of faves::

    happy st. patrick’s day, victoria!

  52. Mette says:

    These bags are so wonderful! I really like the Yvette won; Dark and beautiful.


  53. Soula says:

    Lucky for me a dear friend thought of me faced with one of these bags at an Amsterdam market and it ARRIVED IN THE MAIL (in Australia!). There is no word to describe the moment I opened that parcel. So isn’t it right an artist needs to be complete? I’d have to go this: http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/category/journals


  54. Geri says:

    Have admired these bags for years. I love the Friesland bag today! I’m fickle though, so when I win I may just change my mind ;) thank you for a fabulous giveaway! Fingers crossed ! XX

  55. Sarah says:

    I love this idea. Thanks for sharing! My favorite is this bag – Blue Sea. Tres chic!

  56. Amalia says:

    I know it’s sold out already, but my favorite is the Oceans bag. Second favorite is the Mountains journal!

  57. Maaike says:

    The Crete Bag makes me swoon – the little stripe of flowers just makes the whole thing sing!

  58. Erin says:

    The Mountains bag is great!

  59. sue says:

    oh how fabulous… have admired leslie’s work for a long time… i think the chairs are my favourite pieces perhaps because you can better appreciate the imagery on them… can well imagine the Lavender Fields I Painting Chair happily filling a corner of my home… http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/painting-chair-lavendar-fields-free-shipping

  60. Kim Henrichs says:

    Gorgeous!! I love the Crete bag!!

  61. ashleigh says:

    so so beautiful, every one is amazing! if I had to choose I would say the Yvette…. or the crete really hard to say. the attention to detail is just amazing x

  62. chloe says:

    i love the Zeeland bag!

  63. Angel B says:

    I love painting bag crete.

  64. Jessica says:

    I love the Amsterdam bag!

  65. I love the hindeloopen painting bag:)

  66. Kristin says:


    Just love this bag! The watercolor texture and the fun interior makes me happy.

  67. Susan Brown says:

    The Amsterdam bag has my name all over it! Stunning!

  68. Nicola says:

    My favorite is the Crete bag

  69. kirsten says:

    Thanks for opening this up worldwide – being down the bottom of the world in New Zealand it’s difficult to enter competitions. I LOVE all these bags but I think my fav (which can also change arbitrarily) is Blue Sea. (I’m not on twitter (GASP), so if I’m the extremely lucky lass that wins, would you notify me by email?

  70. Erin Eyesore says:

    Yvette 100%!


  71. I love the Yvette bag that has a portrait of a woman on it. What a neat idea!

  72. Debra says:

    The Painting Bag – oceans is just one hid my favorites. They are all so eye catching!

  73. Devin M says:

    I know it’s sold out, but the Tropics bag is wonderful!

  74. Pati N says:

    great giveaway! I Love the Friesland bag :)

  75. Love the Tropics bag – we’ve been based in Manila the past few years and it just felt appropriate! And the chairs . . . Posies would make a pretty seat I think! x

  76. tiffany says:

    I love the ocean bag… it is breathtaking!!!!


  77. Kristy Fox says:

    The chairs. I love the chairs. I live alone and have 21 chairs. Empty chairs always make me think of all the people who should be sitting in them. Who are they? How do I know them? What are their stories? Painting Chair – Lavender Fields II made me think of plantations and exploration and travel… what stories for people for those empty chairs… gorgeous!

  78. Kata says:

    I love the Mountains bag.

  79. Mridula says:

    I love the “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” from the kids section. Love your blog. :)

  80. Jasmin says:

    Hey there! First, I love them ALL because each is so unique and lovely in it’s own way. But, for some reason my heart skipped a beat when I saw the Yvette bag. The two faces of Yvette is hauntingly beautiful to me.

    Thanks for this contest! xx

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  81. Ellen Hewitt says:

    I’ve never heard of these before but when I looked at their website I was blown away how lovely the products were! My choice would be the tote http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/painting-bag-blue-sea-free-shipping!x Thank you.@Egran2many

  82. Elle says:

    Thonet Weaving Chair, or the Still Life…

  83. I really love them all, but favorites are Paris, Crete and Holland windmill (sold out!). Also love the pin the tail on the donkey poster!

    Hope I win! Thank you!

  84. lisa parks says:

    oh my, i have coveted a swarm bag for years! they are so unique and beautiful. what a fantastic giveaway. my current favorite is the provence painting bag.

  85. Susan Smith says:

    I love the Pups Kids Chair

  86. Fern says:

    I’ve been lusting after these bags for ages, just gorgeous!
    Hard to choose, but Blue Sea suits my mood at this minute.


  87. clara says:

    Oh! It would be such an honor to be able to carry around a Swarm art piece!
    Each unique bag is so fabulous.
    I’m really appreciating the collage and textured style of the ‘Crete’ bag.

  88. Catherine Warburton says:

    Love them all but if I had to choose it would be this…..http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/painting-bag-yvette-free-shipping

  89. Melissa says:

    the Paris bag is beautiful…..paintings have imbedded within them the artists story and to carry that story around in the form of a bag is very, very cool.

  90. claire says:

    I love Leslie’s work. It’s so hard to choose but this sky chair is amazing. I love the idea of sitting on the sky. http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/paintings-chair-sky-1

  91. Carol Massey says:

    My favourites are the Paris and Zeeland Painting bags

  92. micha says:

    the Yvette bag is my favorite, so beautiful!

  93. Tara says:

    The Crete is gorgeous, though I also love the Yvette.

  94. Oh! I love everything that leslie oschmann does. The land and sea is wonderful! Already published his work in my blog, I showed their handbags at http: http://www.acasadeviver.com20120918os-sacos-de-leslie-oschmann-mas-nao-so

    I want to win … My choice and the bag Yvette. I want, I want, I want!!

  95. Erin says:

    I love the Crete painting bag! Such beautiful pieces!!

  96. jessicac says:

    Love the drawings iPad cases.. wish they were on a bag!

  97. Angela says:

    Wow! Those chairs are ALL stunning… and I would be sure to give the mountains bag a very loving home!

  98. Gloria says:

    Love the Amsterdam bag … a city I’ve always wanted to visit.

  99. gosia says:

    Zeeland and Friskland are my faves but I find the idea beautiful, in general. Journals are fantastic, too!

  100. Sara P. says:

    Wow, the Crete bag is amazing!!!

  101. alex says:

    thanks for sharing another great shop victoria. many lovely pieces in the collection but i have to say the painting bags are my favourites. top would be either the Amsterdam or Zeeland. The whole feeling of repurposing is wonderful and inspiring.

  102. Becky says:

    The Ocean bag is my favourite. The dahlia painting is also extremely beautiful.

  103. Natalie C says:

    Love the ocean bag, beautiful and practical

  104. Gabrielle says:

    This one!!! this is my favourite!
    Thank you for this giveaway :D

  105. Dominique says:

    I really like the Abstract messenger bag!

  106. Laura Pritchard says:

    I love the Painting Bag – Ocean.
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  107. Sabrina says:

    Yvette is great.

  108. Rey Chunara says:

    I love the Mountains Bag

  109. bn100 says:

    Drawing Pillow – Elisabeth

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  110. Debbie says:

    The iPad dog cover.

  111. Caroline H says:

    Love these bags but I think my favourite piece is the Windmill Painting Chair.

  112. lisa says:

    Blue Sea for me! Thanks for the generous offering!

  113. Rosalyn says:

    Without a word of a lie, it would make my heart sing to be walking the streets with one of these divine bags on my arm.

    From afar, Perth Western Australia, I have admired these pieces of art. Keeping close a picture of European art while shopping in the most remote city on Earth appeals to me!

    Truly LOVE the “Painting Bag – Mountains”… juxtaposes our red deserts beautifully!

    With Thanks

  114. Michelle Martinez-Cardon says:

    The Crete bag is quite pretty and perfect for spring and summer! http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/painting-bag-crete-free-shipping

  115. Beth says:

    I would love the Drawing Study Women chair. Those chairs, and that art is amazing!

  116. A says:

    OH the Blue Sea bag.

  117. Erica Hersh says:

    Love the Bali, Crete, Blue Sea bags, also love the chairs and cases! Great work!

  118. Ruth McKee says:

    Friesland bag with its dreamy cloudscape.

  119. s. gist says:

    My first immediate choice was the Blue Sea Painters bag, which has been sold. This one http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/painting-bag-zeeland-free-shipping would also make me VERY happy!

  120. I love the Provence bag. Thanks for a chance to win!

  121. K says:

    I love the Painting Bag – Hindeloopen.

  122. jodie yorke says:

    Painters Bag Blue Sea

  123. Susanne (artemano on etsy) says:

    Incredibly well mixed materials. I love the Zeeland tote. I also admire her journals and her chairs everything is so well thought through.
    Just a thought: if the artists who painted would know how nicely their art is reused…. Thanks for sharing this and maybe a chance to win.

  124. Shannon says:

    The Zeeland bag is my fav!

  125. Laure says:

    Hello everyone,
    I love love the Provence bag! I would wear it when the weather will finally be sunny and feel like spring.
    Thank you so much for that great contest.
    Take care, Laure

  126. Danielle says:

    I’m in love with the Friesland bag! So very unique!
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  127. The blue Sea Painting Bag is gorgeous.

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  128. Christine says:

    I love Painting Bag – Yvette!

  129. lisa hobbs says:

    Oh, I love the painting Paris bag. How wonderful that she is using these lovely things. Just the kind of thing that I love.

  130. These are great. I like the Crete bag!

  131. Julie Gabriel says:

    If I owned the Blue Town chair I would be tickled pink.

  132. Wendy says:

    I would like actually like to give the Hindeloopen bag as a gift to my husband’s parents ’cause they’re from Friesland (Hindeloopen is a small town in the Dutch province of Friesland :-)). And of course it’s a gorgeous bag!

  133. Clint Howat says:

    The “Mountains” bag is GREAT.

  134. Kacie says:

    I can’t choose if my favorite is the Land and Sea Chair, or the Blue Sea Bag; I love the mixed composition of the chair, but I love sailboats too!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!


  135. Emma Baker says:

    My favorite bag is the Amsterdam one.!!!! :)

  136. Emily S. says:

    I love the Abstract bag. It’s beautiful.

  137. Caylie says:

    I REALLY love the Brugge Painting bag. I’ve been admiring Swarm products for a while now, I’d love one of my very own. Great competition!

  138. sharon says:

    Love these bags! I would choose the Painting Bag – Crete. thanks!

  139. Kirsten says:

    I love Yvette – I especially love the leather handles on this style.

  140. Michelle says:

    I love Amsterdam – so moody. The handles look like old belts – stunningly beautiful

  141. SARAH says:

    Worldwide – thank you! I love the Swarm chairs and the new bags are gorgeous! My favourite bag is ‘Mountains’

  142. Sheila says:


    Honestly, they’re all so interesting, I’d love any of them! And the chairs! And the jewelry!

  143. Agostina says:

    LOVE the Yvette bag. Absolutely stunning!

    Twitter: agostinaele

  144. Nancy says:

    I have been coveting a swarm bag forever!! I collect old ship paintings so I would probably have to go with one with a ship on it, but I LOVE the florals as well!!

  145. Ortolan says:

    Of the available bags I think I would choose Amsterdam or Oceans…Of the found objects, I love the patchwork leather bag, the red bag, the pin-the-tail donkey…

  146. maureen findley says:

    I love the crete bag

  147. janet robertson says:

    I love the blue sea painting bag

  148. sj wesley says:

    I adore the Crete bag <3

  149. Mark Whittaker says:

    The bags are fantastic I can understand your fascination, I know my sister loves them too. I also love the chairs , think this is my favourite http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/drawing-study-chair-men

    I am @mawhittaker on Twitter

  150. Maggie says:

    Painting Bag – Bali

  151. Helen Allan says:

    I love the dog iPad case. Thank you.

  152. Hannah Smith says:

    My favourite item is the Zeeland bag.


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  153. Angela Kelly says:

    The Paris Painting bag

  154. Kelly says:

    The small tote Hindeloopen block-lettered POST, with blue and red stripes and a pretty pastoral; that’s the one for me. Thank you.

  155. Liz says:

    Love the Ocean Bag

  156. Jenny Oxley says:

    I love the Painting Bag – Ocean, but they’re all beautiful

  157. Janine Atkin says:

    i love the painters box

  158. christina says:

    I love the Crete bag! Thank you :)

  159. monika s says:

    I love Painting Bag – Mountains – I myself come from mountain area

  160. Chantelle Kemp says:

    I LOVE this bag.. Its exactly what i want!!!

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  161. Emma says:

    The painting bag – Blue sea!! I love it, so unique!! :):)

  162. Eleanor Powell says:

    I love the Tropics bag

  163. magda says:

    I love your Zeeland bag! Thank you!

  164. emma kinsey says:

    love the ocean bag

  165. Gail Bennett says:

    I love the Swarm Painting Bag – Ocean … beautiful :-)

  166. jess says:

    Hooray for found objects! I wonder why the name swarm? curious…- BUT back to the task at hand, the Zeeland bag is lovely!

  167. http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/painting-bag-crete-free-shipping

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  168. Yiolanda says:

    Crete bag is just awesome!!!

  169. I love this 1970’s boho bag! http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/1970-s-boho-leather-tote-free-shipping

    Thankyou for the giveaway!

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  170. Kelly Ellen Hirst says:

    Amazing! I lsove this chair http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/girl-kids-chair

  171. Amy Jo McLellan says:

    So many lovely things but Painting Bag – Provence is my favourite – http://swarmhome.bigcartel.com/product/painting-bag-provence-free-shipping

  172. Teresa Lee says:

    Love the Painting Bag – Ocean

  173. Hannah says:

    I adore the Amsterdam and the Crete bags!
    I love everything!! Particularly the work using still life/portraits.