New Design




As the bag grew nearer to completion, I felt its design in combination with the type of fabric used gave it the appearance of a sports bag rather than a handbag.  This issue along with the other design faults I had already encountered led me to extract the positive aspects of my design and adapt the remaining areas in order to try to overcome these problems.


During the manufacture of this design, I encountered a few issues:

  • Thickness of material was not suitable, as it offered minimal support.
  • Cardboard lining, throughout the interior, gave the bag additional structure and shape. However, it restricted the size of the opening.
  • Plastic surface on the positive side of the PVC, used to create the piping, formed excessive friction, when passing over the bed of the sewing machine.  This caused uneven tension in the threads, which created an irregular stitch.  I overcame this problem by altering the material but the lack of continuity of PVC-coated fabric, across the whole bag, reduced its aesthetic quality.
  • Puckering at the centre of the cross, due to elasticity of the fabric.


Around the time of construction of Dudley Zoo, materials such as Nylon(1934) and Plexiglass (acrylic)(1936) were invented and, through products, were beginning to be introduced into society.  These innovative materials were outstandingly different and lent themselves to modernist, design principles. The Bear Ravine also made a statement to the same  design principles . Therefore I intend to incorporate these materials into my design, if possible.