(Craft Debt Update.)
So this is a biggee, because I've been sitting on it For. Ev. Er. Okay, for a couple of months. But still.
So here's the messenger bag I finally pulled off for my friend Anthony:
The strap is a car seatbelt which we fit to him--he can adjust it once it's clicked on. Pure genius--his not mine. He picked this one up at a junk yard and I just sewed it in.
The bag is lined with a navy & white polyester plaid-ish pattern and a bright yellow polyester divider so that's got two sections (his request). He wanted the bag "funkier" (which is easily the worst thing ever to hear from a lifechanglingly talented artist), so I had to wait a bit for inspiration.
We'd had a great conversation months back about the way that people ask him of his art What Does It Do? (And then they suggest things like putting a clock into his art so that it'll sell. Classic.) And he's shockingly the kind of guy that doesn't deck them when they say things like this.
So I decided to make him a bag that was the answer to that question. It's a bag that Does. Think activity bag from your childhood. Think Dressy Bessy and Dapper Dan.
It's got lots of zippers and buttons
(The front: . . )
(The back: . . .)
(And on the inside of the flap. . .)
The prince goes up to meet Rapunzel . . .
And the Wolf eats Goldilocks. .
Yes, I made the thing for a grown man--luckily, he's just the sort of grown man to get a big fat kick out of it.
I fully expect to see him riding around town on his bike with it flung over his shoulder. Can't wait to spot him.