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The "I could make that?" Oversized leather bag
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My proposal is to design a large unisex leather bag for Workshop Residence. The bag can be sold as a kit or a finished piece.
Aesthetically the bag will fall in line with my existing designs, with clean lines and folds similar to my other bags (see images). It will be a beautiful, useful, intimate object.
I'm interested in selling the bag as a kit in order to turn customers into makers: to welcome them into an intimate relationship with objects. The design must accomplish two things: it must be simple enough to be accessible to any interested maker and the finished object must be compelling and attractive in itself.
The design will also be unique in that it will be large.
The scale of the bag is important because building a large 3-dimensional object feels like a large achievement. A larger something feels more significant than a smaller something. A larger leather something is more cow and more gratitude and more respect for the materials, the process, the construction and the object itself. A larger leather something is more leather to pet and smell and enjoy and live with.
Creating a thing that takes up space in the world is a commitment and it feels important.
I would like to design a bag that is constructed using very little stitching.
Instead I plan to utilize more accessible mechanical attachments: hammered rivets, chicago screws, hand pressed snaps, etc., similar to the strap construction method I've designed on my wedge totes (see images). I will create simple written and illustrated instructions to lead the maker step by step, through the process of transforming die-cut leather into a large, professional looking, yet handmade leather bag.
Material choice is significant as well.
High quality leather, locally sourced, environmentally sustainable, would be the ideal. Most leather kits utilize cheap materials and lead one to build something rudimentary, a la summer camp - which is charming too, don't get me wrong. However, ultimately I'm interested in creating an object worth owning and cheap materials detract from the experience.
I imagine each kit will include diecut leather, hardware, instructions, and any tools required (beyond scissors and hammer).
The maker doesn't need to be confident in their abilities in order to make this beautiful object, they simply have to be willing.