In May 2020, I was invited to be part of the Australian Design Centre’s ‘Design Isolation’ project to create a journal documenting the experience of isolation. The journal was included in the Design | Isolate exhibition at the Australian Design Centre, Sydney from 26 November 2020 - 27 January 2021.
One of the things I explored in my Corban & Blair ‘iso’ journal was the size, shape and texture of a range of woven bags and set a challenge to utilize materials from previous studio projects. From the excess materials readily available in my studio, I selected cotton threads and leather lacing strips for the tote bags, many cut into 60cm lengths. This range of leather bags was woven during the lockdown period in Sydney in the middle of 2020.
Of the woven leather tote bags available, all include leather lacing woven in slightly different ways using the finish of the leather lacing to create different surface patterns with leather loops or fringes at the sides. The colours are blue, Indigo, brown and black; all are lined with either Indigo or black cotton or linen fabric and all include two side pockets; size of each is approximately 50cm wide x 38cm deep.