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The Travelling Canvas – Louise Lockhart

The Travelling Canvas has landed, signalling the start of a year long collaborative project between Awesome Merchandise and 12 super talented creatives, to produce a limited edition tote bag collection you can get your hands on absolutely FREE!

To kick  The Travelling Canvas  off in style, we enlisted the bold colours and bright designs of illustrator, Louise Lockhart, the brains behind The Printed Peanut!

The Travelling Canvas, Louise Lockhart, tote bag, Awesome Merchandise

We caught up with Louise to discuss her inspiration for the tote, ask her advice on tote bag design, as well as indulge our nosy parker sides and take  a rummage inside her bag.

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

I’m a freelance illustrator and I also run an online shop called The Printed Peanut, selling illustrated items for you and your home. I like to create playful designs and often take old ideas and update them with a modern twist.

 

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

I thought it would be fun to show what might be inside the tote bag, so I drew items that are usually inside the one I carry around every day. I love screen print as a medium so it was good to create a design in a very limited colour way.

Louise Lockhart, Awesome Merchandise, design, illustration, The Travelling Canvas

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

I think the title you have given this, ‘ The Travelling Canvas’ completely sums it up. They’re bits of art that you can walk around with! It’s amazing how many people comment on a nice tote bag.

 

Do you have any tips for anyone to keep in mind when designing their own tote bag design?

Keep it bold and simple. I like the idea that people can see the design from across a room or a packed tube carriage.

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

I have a tote bag that I sell online at The Printed Peanut (printed by Awesome Merch) and it’s bright yellow tote with a smiling stripy cat on it. It always makes people smile and it cheers up my supermarket trips.

 

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

Oooh I’d like to do a swap with an illustrator. Maybe Yellow Owl Workshop in the USA, so it would be spread far and wide!

Louise Lockhart, Awesome Merchandise, design, illustration, The Travelling Canvas

What is in your bag right now?

A pile of crumpled Post Office receipts, my moth eaten gloves and some broccoli.

 

 

Check out more of Louise’s work over on Instagram or to find out more information on The Travelling Canvas art project click here.

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