Mā project starts at the friction point between a person and their bag.
The physical, as well as the metaphoric, friction point between the person and their belongings as they move through various spaces. The bags I created are not hanging on the body, but rather wrap around it and bond with it as if to give a place of rest and support – extending its abilities, thus creating an innovative physical dialogue.
The concept of Mā in Japanese philosophy stands for what could be translated as negative space. I chose to harness the negative spaces created by the body to reform the bag’s configuration vis-à-vis that of the body. Combining bag, body, movement and place into one unified material entity. The bag becomes a second skin, a new organ, a prosthesis, a hanging pocket between a person and their daily life.
Mā is a M.Des thesis project.
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