by Danielle Gish

Size: 15 x 15 x 3 inches
Edition Size: 1
Materials: Ink, Marker, Fabric, and Thread on canvas

  • 12oz Heavy Canvas
  • Bottom Gusset
  • Reinforced at stress points
  • 21 inch Web Handles


About the Tote Bag:
What we wear and how we present ourselves can be a huge indicator of not only our personality, but also our identities. This is especially true and important in the queer community, where articles of clothing or statement pieces can play a huge role in communicating "hey I'm one of you." This is especially important in places where being openly queer isn't socially accepted, or in some instances, even safe. Tote bags can play a crucial role in this, so with that in mind I want to create a bag that is fun and queer. Playing off of and reclaiming the phrase "fruity" as a euphemism for queerness, my bag is covered in a variety of rainbow colored fruit that also represents the beginning letters or the LGBT+ community. Lemons, grapes, bananas, and tangerines are featured, but cherries and kiwis were also added to open up the color palette of the design. The center features a pocket embroidered with rainbow stitching and triangle (the symbol used to identify gay men during the holocaust that has recently been reclaimed). This bag is fun, fresh, and fruity af.



About the Artist:
Year: Senior
Major: Graphic Design Major, Book Arts Minor, Photography Obsessor
Hometown: Roanoke, VA and Gainesville, VA

Plans for the Future: I want to make things and tell stories.

A Little bit more about Gianna: Starting as a performer and turning later towards the fine arts, I am a graphic design major who is passionate about all things creative. From singing, to drawing, to photography, there is no part of the arts that does not fascinate me. In my free time, I enjoy taking creative photos of my friends, working on graphic design, and doing anything creative. The arts is my form of self-expression; a place where I can not only follow my passion but learn leadership, resilience and strength.

Monday Nov 5 2018