Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Construction barrel

Ah, summer time. When trees rustle in warm breezes, birds fill the early morning silence with their song and bright orange and white barrels bloom all over roads and highways. It's a common sight in the city and with such a striking color palette, a fun first for my bags.

In inspiration news, I discovered who the designer of this print was; Scott Hansen. I found it some time ago. I love his use of color in all of his work. He also has his own music playing in his portfolio. Definitely and inspirational dude.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Lining up

My design statement is coming closer to a finish. This whole project has been morphing from the start, changing slightly every day. The project as of today; taking a number of inspiring urban themes and create a bag from each one. Some examples:

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Getting momentum

So rather than find a material that's out there, I'm going to choose one that I want allowing for a new material. There are things made from sails, truck covers, leather scraps. What am I going to use? It depends on who I'm designing for.

I'm going to try and do a yin and yang thing using the two sides of a city. Crumbling brick and mortar with shiny steel. Glass shards and mirrored windows. Urban decay vs sleek and modern.
What do we think? Too played out already? I'm looking to have either two bags for one person or one bag with "split personalities." Think the GM Renaissance Center vs the abandoned Detroit train depot.

In other news, my friend Geof turned me on to this Behance art and design portfolio thing.
Check this guy out: Make Something Cool Everyday. Very inspiring.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Done before...

Not surprising, I've been finding a few companies that do what I want to do: Seabags and Freitag take old sails and semi-trailer tarps and make trendy bags from it.

One idea I have is to take the old banner signs from past events. Usually I see some pretty tacky ones on bars and gas stations (in the UP at least) that are beer ads welcoming motorcyclists or snowmobilers. Or also using the nylon webbing/straps for towing.

I'm still looking tho, something not so... trashy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Studio, summer '09

What am I doing!? Well it's an open studio which means I can do pretty much whatever I want to. I'm going to pick up that bag project from Florence and actually do it. So more style than problem solving. I don't have enough of that in my portfolio anyway. Also I want to use recycled/reused materials from industries. Something that's readily available and in large quantities. I'm still looking for my big inspiration. Let's hope my contact from Nike will still talk to me...

Saturday, June 13, 2009


First race of my season and I beat an older M3 and a Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4. Geof raced his 2 week old WRX and got me hooked on forced induction.
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