March 11, 2010
I am always looking for a bag that really carries the things I need. I become very frustrated when I have to dig through my bag for something. I thought about this for a very long time, wondering why even very expensive bags are poorly designed for comfort, organization, and looks. So, even though this canvas tote looks like it would just carry everything in a big jumble, the interior is actually designed with practicality and accessibility in mind. So, here’s the run down:
Exterior is heavy canvas, with suede bottom (harvested from used leather/suede clothing). Basting stitches in carpet thread remain to honor the process of constructing the piece. One side features a large, flat pocket perfect for magazines, files, papers, etc. Leather loop on wide shoulder strap is for hanging your keys on (no more digging thorugh the bag for the keys!!!!)
Interior is indigo-dyed cotton from Mali (made by friends of mine). There is a concealed zipper pocket along one side, nestled between the lining and the exterior of the bag, to hold wallets, checkbook, etc. in an easy to reach and safe way. On the opposite side is an easy to reach pocket for cell phone and pen. The interior also features 2 stretch pouches made from recycled tshirts to hold water bottles/ large travel mugs in place. The rest of the tote is free for sweaters, sketchbooks, lunch (I am working on a canvas lunch bag) etc etc. I have been carrying my laptop in this tote very comfortably, using one of the stretch pouches for the power plug (although just yesterday I completed a design for a canvas and silk laptop tote, stay tuned).
All designs have an emphasis on style, usability, and sustainable materials. I am having so much fun sketching and making patterns.
One more thing: I am very interested in the extreme simplicity of the canvas as an exterior, while creating a world of deep color, surprise, and elegance in the interior. Makes me think of living a very simple outward life, while cultivating the vast richness of the soul.