Music Themed Funky Messenger Bags

>> Sunday, June 12, 2011

Here's a couple of funky, graffiti/tattoo inspired messenger bags. These were made for the school where I work, Ecole Selkirk Junior HighWe have a B.O.S.S. (Building on Student Success) Guitar program, where the students can make their very own electric guitars. Yep. Electric guitars. They make them in the woods shop at our school. They even get them painted in all sorts of wild designs!

The students that participate in this program made these guitars, and got different music bands, athletes, singers, etc. to sign them. Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed one! With the signed guitars, they had a huge gala event and auctioned them off. The 75% of the proceeds went to the Canadian Human Rights Museum, and the 25% went to funding our Drama/Music programs.
Rock N' Roll Forever Messenger Bag by Melissa Muir (Lagaz Designs)Rock N' Roll Forever Messenger Bag by Melissa Muir (Lagaz Designs)
It was such a success! There was over 500 people there, and Harlequin played at our school. It was rockin'! Prior to the Guitar Gala, there was an online auction, where my Rock N' Roll Forever Messenger bag was auctioned off. My second bag, Wild Rose & Crocus Violin Messenger bag, was made especially for Sierra Noble(Mètis violinist/singer). She was supposed to be at the Guitar Gala, but couldn't make it due to recording commitments. But the bag is being sent to her as a thank you for her support.

The Gala was pretty huge success! The school made almost $48,000. Which is pretty amazing!
Wild Rose & Crocus Violin Messenger bag by Melissa Muir (Lagaz Designs)Wild Rose & Crocus Violin Messenger bag by Melissa Muir (Lagaz Designs

A little about the bags themselves. Both are made from 7 oz. canvas that was hand-painted, stamped and stenciled upon. Each bag is fully lined, with a zipper pocket and a open-top cell/misc pocket. The Rock N' Roll Forever bag has lime green lining, and the Wild Rose & Crocus Violin bag has a soft, print corduroy lining that looked like Mètis beadwork. Each bag has an adjustable shoulder strap, and they both have hand-painted patches on them for a tattoo-inspired look.
I don't make these bags very often, but they sure do turn out amazing! About 10-12 hours total for each bag, from start to finish. Labour intensive, but worth it!

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