March 1, 2007

Sweet, Custom-Painted (Diaper) Bags By Studio Espinosa

Matthew Cruickshank cited the Boston-based character design firm Studio Espinosa as one of the inspirations for his Neo-Mickey animation. Espinosa is run by a husband-wife team who are just beginning to see their wealth of ideas realized. They have a line of greeting cards; an animated series in the works; an awesome-looking children's book coming from Scholastic next year; there's mention of children's furniture; custom toys; and it's all happening while they raise and entertain their two kids to boot.

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I'm sure we'll see other Espinosa projects here soon, but these two jumped out at me: Leo Espinosa custom-painted a couple of one-off bags that totally rock. He did a messenger bag for an exhibition at R.E. Load Baggage, the total custom messenger bag manufacturer in Philadelphia, which I think he kept for himself. It's an elaborate work of art that happens to carry stuff, including, if required, baby gear.

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More practical but equally awesome is this camo Diaper Dude, which he covered with simple, monochrome line drawings. I think this was a gift for a friend's new baby, and the Studio blog sounds like they're too busy these days to take on any outside projects at all, never mind labor-intensive, hand-modded diaper bags. Still, the effect is great, and it's a great proof of concept for any aspiring diaper bag artists out there. Meanwhile, check out the rest of the Studio Espinosa portfolio.

Studio Espinosa [studioespinosa.com]
Previously: custom-sewn messenger/diaper bags

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