WE ARE HERE

HOW A HUNDRED TOTE BAGS HELP GIVE A FACE TO THE UNSEEN

Over the last few months, we’ve spent more time at our studio and started working on our own merchandise line of one-off customised and hand-painted United Painting gear. More of this at our shop! This experimenting with tote bags and left-over paint and stencils taught us a lot about customising all kind of products.

The book ‘De Goede Immigrant’ is the dutch version of the American book ‘The Good Immigrant’, which is a collection of essays by first and second-generation immigrants, exploring what it’s like to be othered in a divided American society. We felt that these bags should also have a story and should represent what the book stands for. Therefore we choose to work together with the Mandela Kids, to tell their story and to have them earn something by making these tote bags.

So when the ladies from the Dipsaus podcast asked us whether we knew someone that could help them make over a 100 tote bags with an image of the book cover on it, we decided to help them out with our newly learned expertise and our friends over at ‘We Are Here’. Instead of having all the bags silkscreened at a silkscreen studio, we suggested to paint the bags by hand together with the Mandela Kids. The Mandela Kids are undocumented youngsters that are closely connected with ‘We Are Here’ and currently have their shelter at the ‘Ceuvel’ in the north of Amsterdam.

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