Don’t take a selfie, take a #Bagsie

Selfies, as you’ve no doubt noticed, are dully ubiquitous. Sometimes vain, frequently boring, and rarely creative.

Oli Frape
Oli Frape

So, let us introduce the bagsie. The bagsie (not to be confused with its namesake, denoting “first dibs”), updates the selfie concept with a wonderful new twist: covering the subjects’ heads with an illustrated brown bag.

These form the content of the new #Bagsie show, created from a collaboration between Jenny Theolin, creative director of Soapbox and Sons, Creative Advice Network, photographer Jonathan Knowles and ten illustrators, artists and writers including Oli Frape, Lizzie Mary Cullen, Murray Somerville and copywriter Mike Reed.

Lizzie Mary Cullen

Source: Jonathan Knowles

Lizzie Mary Cullen

Each artist was asked to create a self-portraitt onto their paper bag, which “reflected their personality within”, according to Theolin.

Mike Reed

Source: Jonathan Knowles

Mike Reed

The idea is that these drawings and paper-craft are perhaps a more accurate representation than the traditional “selfie” could capture. Which if that’s true, means that some of these artists are, perhaps, rather complex characters.

Tash Wilcocks

Source: Jonathan Knowles

Tash Wilcocks

#Bagsie runs from 11 – 16 November at The Proud Archivist, 2 -10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET

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