For my upcycle project, I drew inspiration from a recent aesthetic exploration that Christopher Lehr, a fellow colleague in our course, observed [¹]. This aesthetic: “The Peter McKinnon Aesthetic” centers around the photographer Peter McKinnon, one of minimalism, simplicity, rusticity, yet modern. Looking into McKinnon’s videos, I came across his documentation of all the wallets he had ever used (Titled “The Best Minimalist EDC Wallets” [²]), which gave me inspiration to make my own carry-on that I would be proud of, for my upcycle project. The intrigue and motivation comes from making something that I’ll carry with me everyday, that is aesthetically pleasing, and has a great use.
The main material I am looking to use would be re-purposed vinyl billboard, taking the strengths we see from duck tape in its flexibility and the strengths of cardboard in its texture and specific aesthetic, while not appearing dull and stiff.
Figure 1 and 2: Material selection, recycled and re-purposed vinyl billboard, image source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/92534967313929824/?lp=true
Some designs that I will be looking at for wallets will both be minimalist, but still highly functional. If my material ends up changing, I could go the route of re-purposed sheet metal to make wallets like ridge wallets, but until then, below are sufficient designs that I’m exploring.
Figure 3: Some Bexar Goods Wallets, very simple designs but very functional and very nice hand stitching that I like, in terms of an aesthetic. Image Source: https://www.bexargoods.com/products/simple-card-wallet-woodland
Figure 4: I really like the style of stictching on this particular wallet, maybe I will be able to duplicate some sort of aesthetic. Image Source: https://www.amazon.com/American-Bifold-Wallet-Brown-Stitching/dp/B07G5W8JX9
¹Lehr, Christopher. “The Peter Mckinnon Aesthetic.” Aesthetics of Design, Jean Hertzberg, 28 Jan. 2020, www.aesdes.org/2020/01/22/the-peter-mckinnon-aesthetic/.
²McKinnon, Peter, director. The Best Minimalist EDC Wallets. YouTube, YouTube, 17 Dec. 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sPtKl00iDc.