The Demo Suitcase

During my yard sale adventures in September I bought a suitcase for $1 in order to collage it, much like my room mate April had done to her own suitcase, and refurbish it inside. During the past few days I finally found time and worked on various pieces of the project.

I decided to use two issues of one of my favourite comic series, Demo, going with a black and white scheme. The two issues were the most touching of the stories told in Demo for me, so they had special resonance. The lighter side is from “Mix Tape,” which tells of a girl who committed suicide and left a farewell mix tape for her boyfriend. The darker side is from “Mon Dernier Jour Avec Toi,” the story of two lovers’ last night together. They’re both visually and narratively superb, and I wanted to preserve some of that in my collaging.
Inside the suitcase I replaced the bland light blue with the pleather of one of the curtains I had at my old apartment. This was the most challenging part of the project, taking three different glues and a fair amount of frustration. Other than some minor fixes, I’m pleased with the results, however.
I’d consider the project a big success. I always have my perfectionist tendencies flare up and focus on flaws when I create anything, but I’m rather surprised this turned out so nicely. I feel like a much classier nomad with a properly expressive suitcase. I’ll actually be taking it with me tomorrow morning when I head out of the province to New Brunswick.

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  1. Excellent work!

    In case you weren't aware, Brian Wood himself found out about this and posted about it in his blog.

  2. Excellent work!

    In case you weren't aware, Brian Wood himself found out about this and posted about it in his blog.

  3. Thanks Melody, I am rather proud of how this turned out.

    Elliott, thanks for letting me know that Brian posted about it.

    Thank you Susana. I'd forgotten you read the stories while you were here. 🙂

  4. Thanks Melody, I am rather proud of how this turned out.

    Elliott, thanks for letting me know that Brian posted about it.

    Thank you Susana. I'd forgotten you read the stories while you were here. 🙂

  5. After attaching the pictures to the suitcase (you used glue?), did you lay any kind of protective covering over them? It looks fucking awesome, by the way!

  6. After attaching the pictures to the suitcase (you used glue?), did you lay any kind of protective covering over them? It looks fucking awesome, by the way!

  7. […] I decided to collect the items I would want with me if I were to hit the road. My Jimi wallet needs to come along for obvious reasons. My cell phone would be there to keep me in touch. My MP3 player would be always ready with music from my collection and exciting talks from places like Integral Naked and Viking Youth. Connecting those two simultaneously to my ears will be my Skullcandy headphones. My archaic PDA will be for notetaking and ebook reading. A copy of a recent issue of What Is Enlightenment? will keep my mind racing with possibility. My Integral Life Practice kit will give me the tools I need to transform body, mind and spirit in self, culture and nature. Shiva will remind me of the dance we’re all in. In my Demo suitcase I’d hide away some clothes and my laptop. […]

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