by Emma Seely

Size: 15 x 15 x 3 inches
Edition Size: 1
Materials: Photo prints, paint, markers on canvas

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


About the Tote Bag:
My inspiration started with the title of this project. I wanted to explore the idea behind baggage, and what that means in both senses; physical and emotional. In today's society, sharing feelings is trending; going to therapy, joking about trauma, oversharing to create connections with people faster. As much as I believe in how helpful talking about problems is, I can't overlook the aspect of expectation. Now that it's acceptable to talk about anything, some feel they have the right to know about others. This is where my idea grew, and I chose to blend all of these "trends" into the design. My baggage is mine, and I choose who can see what I carry around. I want this bag to be humorous, but also hold meaning of privacy. I hope the art on the bag will spark conversation and distraction from whats inside, acting as an extra barrier before reaching the baggage; in other words, getting to know people through asking about them, their interests, instead of diving right to the deep stuff.



About the Artist:
Year: Senior
Major: Psychology Major, Studio Art Minor
Hometown: Darien, Connecticut

Plans for the Future: Whatever I end up doing, I know I would like to be able to continue to create art and still have time to devote to new projects. For most of my life, my work has been made because it was assigned to me in school, so I look forward to creating for the pleasure of myself and others.

Monday Nov 5 2018