by Maggie Walsh

Size: 15 x 15 x 3 inches
Edition Size: 1
Materials: Fabric Paint, Acrylic Paint, Scrap Fabric, Hot Glue on canvas

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


About the Tote Bag:
This bag is designed to celebrate a common rite of passage into womanhood— the urge to cut, dye, butcher, bleach, trim, or otherwise manipulate one’s hair. Whether it‘s a rocking a new set of “breakup bangs” that were cut in the bathroom at 3 A.M. while blasting Taylor Swift or impulsively dying their hair a neon shade, there is a common stereotype that women, especially teenage girls, will drastically change their hairstyle as a way to cope with major life events. While outsiders might see this as an act of attention seeking, visually separating a new you from the version defined by hardship can be quite cathartic. Use this bag to carry scissors that will severe your ties to events in the past, bleach that will remove even the stubbornest lingering sadness, and colored dyes that scream confidence.

As someone whose google search history often includes phrases such as “how to remove hair dye stain from counter” and “how to cut bangs at home that look good tutorial”, the common phenomenon of women reclaiming control through cosmetic expression is personal. Combined with my interest in industrial design, this bag centers around strips of playful scrap textiles layered to create movement in the hair.



About the Artist:
Year: Freshman
Major: Industrial Design
Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Monday Nov 5 2018