Born in Toronto, Denise moved to Vancouver at age 12 and went on to study Fine Arts in Vancouver and Florence, Italy receiving her BFA with majors in both painting and printmaking.
Denise’s interest in working with reclaimed and recycled materials began while going to art school in the late 80’s and early 90’s. For many years she had made her own hand bound sketchbooks from off cuts of printer’s paper and discarded leather from a furniture factory. This was the beginning of the path that would later lead to her producing the line of handbags, belts and accessories that she is now well known for.
In 2002, after several years of traveling and exhibiting her artwork, Wilson combined her interests and skills to launch her label Patina Designs. The playful line utilized reclaimed leathers from local sources accented with silk screened images.
The Bronsino label was introduced a few years later. Originally gaining attention for their line of luxury women’s handbags the line now includes items for men, an extensive range of belts & baby alpaca scarves and shawls.
A regular participant in the Eastside Culture Crawl the two labels have been available through select boutiques across Canada, as well as at craft fairs and sales in B.C. and Alberta.
The Bronsino line pays homage to the 16th century Florentine artist Agnolo Bronzino and her husband’s family home on Bronsino Street in Lima, Peru.
The finely crafted handbags, journals and accessories from the Bronsino collection are classically inspired works of art produced in very limited numbers.