Meet the tiniest, and potentially cutest, member of the Inkling family, the Tiny Pouch. Like their siblings the Original Messy Bags they are one of a kind, hand painted and machine washable.
Unlike the Messy Bags they are single layer and unlined.
They are super helpful for carrying things like spare change, earrings, public transport cards, headphones or AirPods. While they are huge fans of screaming for attention they’re also really good at hide tampons or pads from everyone. Their small size is perfect for keeping a stash of these things in school bags. Pairing them with a Messy Bag to keep a spare change of underwear in for those just in case days creates a handy kit for tween and teen girls.
Measures: 15 cm wide x 10 cm high – give or take. Some can be a tad taller or shorter. It’s part of their handmade, one of a kind charm.
The Artist & The Process
Kathryn Green is the artist behind Inkling. Inklings start their life the same way; paint, canvas, a handful of paintbrushes and a whole bunch of repurposed tools. Colours are hand mixed in small batches and spatulated, squeegeed and occasionally (it’s slow! I’m impatient!) painted onto canvas. I love colour clashing, line, shape and mark making and favour speed over precision. Having said that though, each canvas still takes at least a day, usually two or three from start to finish.
Once completed, the canvases can be used in multiple ways. The Original Messy Bags and Totes are cut directly from this finished canvas.
Occasionally there’ll be a canvas that wants to live on forever! These canvases get stockpiled, sent off to the pros to be captured digitally before returning to me to face the Big Chop.
Before cutting (almost) every canvas (sometimes I am in a rush and forget!), I snap a pic of the canvas on my phone. I use these images as the basis for recreating the artwork digitally in Illustrator. Put simply, I put the photo in Illustrator and then ‘repaint’ it digitally. It’s just as laborious as painting it the first time around - sometimes more so! - but I love the freedom of being able to tweak the original artwork, scale it up or down and recolour it into new colourways.
These digital artworks can be found on Imprint Messy Bags and Everyday Totes.
Art should be accessible, enjoyable, and functional. Let Inkling bring a piece of functional art to your day.