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Absurdly Customized Bags
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I propose a series of canvas tote or messenger bags that bridge conceptual art and utilitarian design. The idea for these bags is based on a series of wall hangings I created as part of a show called "Designed for general use," which poked fun at the human propensity for over-organization and customization in spite of continual chaos and disorganization.
The bags could be made as the simple boxy type of utilitarian canvas shopping bag, 14" x 14" x 9"or also in a messenger bag style [Later?]. Cotton canvas or other similar sturdy material could be sourced from industry remnants or for a fancier approach, from an organic manufacturer. Assembly could be done by a local stitching company, though I am also curious about the possibility of teaming with a local SF project called The Learning Shelter (established by a formerly homeless man, he aims to teach homeless folks how to become makers).
Since the bags are composed of rectangular panels, after cutting and prior to assembly the panels would get a type of graphic treatment; either a screen printed graphic or one embroidered by a CNC machine. The graphics in my artwork are based on William Morris patterns, and while copy-right free reproductions are available, it is not clear whether they are available for commercial purposes. I also have other ideas for graphics that are drawn from San Francisco itself, like the map of downtown SF in a local parking garage.
Additionally after the screen print or embroidery, or perhaps only primarily if those options are too costly, the bags will have one or more "organizational" feature. In my series, there are a number of pockets, holders or straps, meant to contain things that are often contradictory, such as an Ace bandage and a holster for a gun. While users would not want additional weight at the cost of conceptual art, any addition would be very lightweight and actually usable, such as snap pockets much like on a military backpack, but perhaps arranged in a less efficient way, or a series of straps and buckles that make a nod to the absurd.