We are a nation of schleppers — our stuff seems to go where we go — and most of us have a tote bag or two. I find them indispensable. I use totes for everything. I have a tote filled with dog walk necessities. The family car emergency kit is stashed in yet another bag. Another tote even houses my household’s stray socks — I am an optimist when it comes to stray socks. Why are our bags different? We wanted our bags to have some additional flourishes. Each bag has a List-it notebook pocket and a zipped pocket for your phone, keys, or wallet so it can pivot from your extra bag to your MAIN bag. This way you will never get caught without something to write down that key bit of inspiration.
I have started a new series in an uncharacteristic style for me. I tend towards abstraction but shifted to a more representational approach for this particular project. After reading about the global catastrophic decline in avian species last year, I started to sketch and research birds to increase my connection and knowledge. This is the California Condor, or Gymnogyps californianus, whose population was severely reduced due to shootings, power lines, poisonings, egg collecting and habitat loss.
Their population is making a comeback, thanks to organizations like the Ventana Wildlife Society, who help maintain and grow the Condor’s population. While this is great progress, the birds, like most of us, are facing the impact of climate change. The recent California wildfires have been catastrophic to the Condor population.
If you want to read more, this is an excellent resource:
Jute and lightweight cotton
Tote Bag: 15″ x 16″
Notebook: 3.5″ x 10″