For my Transformation Design class at Pratt, we decided to take over some of the un(der)used space in the new W18th street building, and created a pop-up space called “Big + Little: a pop-up space.” This new “shop” is a transformable space for Pratt students to sell, exchange, showcase, and exhibit projects and ideas … big and little (get the name?) I wanted to screen print for a while, and felt branding was/is missing from our new space. Having an identity to gather around could help build community within our new space. I combined this need with my interest in screen printing and came up with Pratt Totes. Originally I planned to sell these bags, but decided this event wasn’t the right place for that. I simply wanted people to float in, grab and personalize a bag, have fun, and take a break from their work. The expressive designs resulting from the participants are so fun to look at. I never intended these canvas tote bags to literally serve as canvas for personal expression. I’m so happy it happened though, and it makes me think of other projects where I could start something, then pass them to others. Definitely something to investigate in the future.