“Candy”, an ornamental purse made of upcycled paper dog food bags. Wearable Art.
I used to have four big dogs and we went through a lot of dogfood bags. I always felt bad about the waste. Back then, most bags had three layers of paper: an inner waxy one which I tossed, a heavy Kraft paper lining which I used for shipping and an outer layer that was thinner and easy to fold. The outer layer is what I used for this bag.
This technique became famous in the 50’s as prisoner art using cigarette packages. Some people might remember making candy wrapper bracelets when they were young. A rectangular piece of paper is folded to the middle longwise, then folded in half again. The ends are tucked in and then the pieces lock into each other. You can make a long string this way but to create a vessel or build sides, you have to sew them together using dental floss.
This bag highlights purple on one side and red and the other. I sewed vintage buttons to both sides. I am the only person I’ve ever seen who embellishes this technique in this way. I named the bag “Candy” because the buttons remind me of candy… The bag has a magnetic closure.
This is a fragile piece and is more art than function. But, you could take it out now and then for a special occasion. Just be gentle with it.
The body of the bag is about 10″x 8″.
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