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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Whats in Your Bag?

While I was in Portland Oregon, I discovered this awesome book entitled Me in My Bag at the famous Powell's Bookstore (a megastore unlike any other bookstore I have ever step foot in - perhaps it would be better to call it a small planet!)


The book is in English and in Chinese. The author Yi Ying Wang is a graphic designer and she worked with fellow photographers, Hiromi Iguchi and Will Farrow to compile a major creative project, the bag book! This project is about photographing the contents of 100 Londoner's bags!!! In seeing the contents of one's bag you get to know a person quite a bit and it is a deeper reflection of who the person is, beyond that of a simple portrait. The book itself is designed like a bag with a plastic cover and handle straps!


A little bit fashion/design/Voyeurism and creative expression the book has a unique fold-out layout in which the bag owner's are first photographed and their image unfolds to reveal the photograph of the bag's contents. In addition, there was a number allotted to each participant and a form they got to fill out in anyway they liked.

The question on the form are:

  • Name: Amarettogirl
  • email:wwamazon@aol.com (in other words 'WonderWoman' was already taken!!)
  • Webadd/blog: You guys know this already! Just look at the address bar above!
  • What do you do? Visual Artist/Writer/ Art Educator (teacher).
  • What does your bag mean to you? Wow, well it means a lot because its an extension of how I express myself...plus if it weren't for that gift certificate I would have never been able to afford that TokiDoki Le Sportsac bag that all design world appreciators were pining over! But I'm working on not identifying so deeply with material objects...we'll see how that goes.
  • What's in your bag today? See for yourself! My laptop, my work folders, my mimobot usb, my ipod, oooh my camera is missing I had to use it to take the pic, but I never leave my house without my canon! My I'm-bored-with-this-mtg-so-i'll-crochet project, my coffee-cup change purse, hand purifier, my self-made accessory holder, my pencil case, sketchbook...yeah this bag can pack a punch!

Well, if you haven't figured it out yet, I want to be #101!!! So you think I'm crazy? Well guess what! It seems I'm not the only one! Apparently, there is a Flicker photogroup all over this What's in Your Bag -question! Click and check them out! I'm not a flicker member yet, but I may have to join to be a part of this pool! In addition, Instyle magazine also has a page dedicated to photos of what's inside people's bags!

I want you all to join me! Answer the questions and tell me what's special in your bag!! Is there anything in there that might surprise us about you??? Share!!!

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in my bag..well since it doubles as my book bag I have my books, and notebooks, in it, then my cell phone,ipod,wallet, pics of me and my brother when we were little, keys, pencil case from london, and of course about five different chapsticks, and the world acording to garp( current book)


March 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersteph

I can see you more clearly now! You are fun, colorful, busy, creative, you love color and you are always ready... Love this post! I will have to follow your lead and do my own, see you there.

March 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeatriz

a comb, lip gloss, cell phone, picture of me and husband, a bunch of keys that I don't use, my wallet, a hand lotion, a body spray, various hair ties that I don't use, some coupons, a couple of envelopes, my ASPIRIN, trident pack,various business and store club cards (one for every supermarket), a Prayers book, a Lent readings and prayer book, a footprints poem card, two different rosaries, a scapular that my mother kept of Mary, my school entry card, ID card from each year! What a mix, huh?

March 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterYour Neighbor

I don't really have a bag :) But I have been known to stuff amazing amounts of things into my wallet.

Perhaps I should photograph the contents of my desk at home. Though it might be a bit embarrassing. I know there are at least two unopened fortune cookies on it.

March 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBone

What a great post! Love the "contents" photo, and it shows that you're a much more interesting person than I. lol The contents of my bag are minimal and boring; wallet, checkbook, pen, gum, cell phone, usually many crumpled receipts and gum wrappers. Yup. Bor-ing.

I'm late in getting around to visit this week, so really appreciate you stopping by. Thanks!

March 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

hmmm, i don't think I want to know everything that is in my bag...I do know there is always a sketchbook, mucho graphite! my fav art tool...pencils, pens, loose change, that I clear out at the end of the month when I am running out of money. numeorus notes and papers. school stuff. gum,...and a bunch of other stuff, I noticed that my beautiful wife has tried to limit one of my bad habits, which is keeping a junk drawer. I always thought everyone must have one but I guess not. It is where everything goes that does not have a home but still seems relatively functional. well, don't tell my wife but I think my bag is becoming my junk drawer...maybe it is my methadone on the way to full recovery :)...stain boy

March 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstain boy

I posted my bags contents here: http://eitsart.blogspot.com/

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

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