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The Travelling Canvas – Rob Lowe

We’re extremely excited to have collaborated with Rob Lowe, AKA Supermundane for our latest tote bag design in The Travelling Canvas series.

We caught up with Rob to discuss his inspiration, tote design tips and take a nosy in his bag.

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For those who don’t know you, please can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Rob Lowe and I’m also known as Supermundane. I’ve had a long and varied career starting in the early nineties as a graphic designer and have art directed indie magazines such as Anorak (a children’s magazine) and Fire & Knives (a food journal).

Now I work as a graphic artist which involves a mixture of making commissioned pieces and personal work. I’ve been doing a lot of murals lately but I never really know what I might be as to work on.

What was the inspiration behind your design for The Travelling Canvas?

 

When I was growing up (in the late 70s and early 80s) we were told that there was a real chance of a nuclear war, films like War Games were a direct result of this. It’s all been very quiet on that front until recently, with a lot of people talking about ‘big buttons’ and ‘Rocket Man’. The mushroom cloud looks nervous in this image and with the addition of the text ‘Positive Mental Attitude’ (PMA! PMA!) it creates an image of contradictions.

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We think tote bags are awesome, but why do you love totes?

They are very useful as they fit all kinds of things in but can be rolled up and put in a coat pocket. They can also act in the same way as a T-shirt can in that they can contain messages or images that say something about you. I’m a sucker for a good tote bag.

Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to design their own tote bag?

Keep them bold and simple and make something you would like to use.

What is your favourite tote bag you’ve ever owned?

It’s a toss up between a Nieves ghost bag with blue handles (that’s a bit tatty now) or one with the Bao (a restaurant) logo on.

If you could send your tote bag to anyone in the world who would it be and why?

Ha, that’s quite a question. I would send it to Donald Trump

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What is in your bag right now?

I’ve just come back from swimming outdoors in freezing water so my bag (a London Centre for Book Arts tote with a Jay Cover design) is full of wet things that I need to get out and dry.

Discover more of Rob’s work here.

 

Want to know more about The Travelling Canvas? Click the link below to discover why we started this art project and uncover the awesome creatives involved.

thetravellingcanvas.com

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