I made this bag for a group show opening this Friday night at SEABA (South End Arts and Business Association) in Burlington, Vermont. I like the idea of this piece being usable…although it has a few structural challenges for heavy use. I’ll get it right next time…oh, how I love the process of trying to get it right.
I used the road image I love to work with for my muse. You might be tired of all the ways I’ve played with this image…sorry, I’m not nearly done yet. Too me this photo represents what I’ve always loved. Independence. Adventure. Spaciousness. Freedom. As well as beef jerky, bad road coffee, Hostess® products, potato chips, loud music and infinite possibilities.
When I finished this bag I had a strange thought—I wished that Calamity Jane and/or Frida Kahlo had bequeathed it to me. The road is always an inspiration to me and so are those two bad ass women.
I used a bit of ecodyed organza from Elizabeth Bunsen on the bottom to lend some contrast. I love the lightness of the fabric with the leather and heavy stitching.