josh blackwell + plastic bags

by Grace Bonney

just yesterday i was talking about my love of celebrating everyday “disposable” goods and now i’ve found a new artist working in that vein that love, thanks to one the lovely deanne cheuk. yesterday deanne featured artist josh blackwell’s plastic bag art over at the internetwork and i was instantly hooked. josh uses everyday plastic shop bags and turns them into beautiful canvases for thread and other decorative materials. i’ve always been more of a bag over purse girl (i wear my baggu bags out to nice dinners, it’s that bad) so i’d be tempted to take one of these bags off of josh’s studio wall and carry it out and about on my day. but until then, i’ll keep admiring them on josh’s site. [thanks to deanne for the inspiring post!]

since we’re talking about bags, i couldn’t leave out this fun diy bag project sent over d*s reader virginia. she sent over a link to pascale at between the lines’ cool recycled shirt bag project. inspired by plastic grape bags that have cuts to allow for expansion, pascale turned an old t-shirt into a clever expandable shopping bag. i’ve got some great old shirts (too gross to wear but i can’t bear to let them go) that would be perfect for this so i will definitely be making a few of these this weekend. click here to check out pascale’s full how-to on her site. thanks, virginia for the tip!

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