the messenger bag…de-technologized?
over the past few years, the messenger bag has established itself pretty well as a status symbol. i would say that the TIMBUK2 ‘classic messenger’ is to outdoorsy bobos as the birkin bag is to aspiring lindsay lohans.
with high-tech ‘stylistic utility’ features like
- “LTD Grip Fabric exterior in a never before seen 4 panel design
- Waterproof liner
- Coordinating Strap Pad
- Quick-adjust side-cam shoulder strap
- Extra-heavy-duty stitching
- Internal organizer pockets and red key tether
- Safety flasher attachment loop”
— the world of backpacks, especially this limited-edition classic messenger grip fabric seems to boast a science and technology of its own. at $115, it better be infused with a whole new eco-schmeco-bio-proplanet-sustainable-extraterrestrial material as well.
but what if we pared the messenger bag down to its basics? what is its main function? [to carry…? books…laptops…’messages’?] instead, what if we could have a waterproof, structural, functional messenger bag…for less than $6? one that a kid in a developing country could make, if she needed a backpack to carry her books to school, and all she could find was pieces of cardboard and plastic?
materials used: 1 yd vinyl [.5 yd black, .5 yard white], upholstery thread, museum board, sewing machine, sliver of velcro
things that i wish i had done in hindsight:
> been able to find a clear material, to showcase the interior [the chipboard/museumboard could have drawings, paintings, infinite customizable opportunities]
> sewn on pockets everywhere
> longer strap….perhaps adjustable? explored more box shapes?
> not used vinyl… PVC = carcinogen = BAD —–instead, use found materials, i.e. tarp/plastics/product packaging. a la those ubiquitous-in-art-school individual recycled freeway FREITAG BAGS.
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