TROPICAL PUNK BACKPACK
A MILLICHIP LANE INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION 2018
During the design process Emily and I began to affectionately refer to our bags as a tropical punk backpack. The inspiration behind the bag originated from Far North Queensland. Initially Emily and I explored sources of inspiration in colour, form and function. I showed Emily traditional woven bags from the Torres Strait Islands and contemporary spins on the traditional design influenced by materials readily available and that were durable. We wanted the bag to be reachable to our market and kept the cost price for production in mind during the conceptual design. We also wanted to create a bag that was noticeably different to others on the market. We explored the seed pods forms, textures, scale, colour and proportions of the seed pod and referenced these elements into the backpack shopper.
The textile was printed at Centre for Advanced Textiles based in the Glasgow School of Arts, Glasgow, Scotland.
Creative Scotland Collaborations Award Finalist, 2018.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.