Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Designing from the Inside Out
I already have two bags that I like very much-- drawing 4319 is one that F made as a market bag prototype and that I've used as a carry-on bag before. It 's just a little bigger than I really need and lacks a flap. Drawing 4320 is a canvas messenger bag that I bought in Brooklyn and that I use on most trips these days. It's a good size and is relatively light; but it has heavy, clunky hardware on the strap and en excessively stiff patch of Velcro. I would also like a flat outside pocket for magazines or small books.
On the left is a drawing of my proposed bag. I piled up all the folded clothing and measured to get the dimensions. I stuffed everything into the messenger bag, which was closest to the dimensions I had gotten, just to check, and everything fit fine with a little extra space. So I proposed a shorter height. I redesigned the strap so that there was no hardware at all and thinned out the velcro a bit. Plus I added a flat pocket across the front (but have since decided it would be best across the back so that the flap doesn't interfere with it). I decided to go with a lined birdseed bag, super lightweight but strong material, and put a Lotus fish recipe bag design- a lazy dog fishing with a school of fish eluding the hook- on the flap for fun. More fish will swim across the back pocket. Can't wait to make it tomorrow!