Steven Park

BAG ART

Black Magazine - - Contents -

It is hard to miss Sam Clyma wan­der­ing around Auck­land town; good look­ing, stylish, great mane of hair. It is also hard to miss Sam's over­size man clutch bags walk­ing around town; good look­ing, stylish, great wad of leather and zips. So what pos­sessed the Clyne model and stu­dent - cur­rently a third of the way into his fi­nal (and hon­ours) year at Elam Art School - to start mak­ing man bags big enough to fit two small chil­dren and an Al­sa­tian (th­ese bags aren't for poo­dles!)? It quite sim­ply “came out of mak­ing art” says Sam, “when I started mak­ing bags as a part of my art prac­tice some­one said to me that they were scared I was mak­ing “just bags”. In re­sponse I said, “Yes, I am” be­cause A) I love bags and B) I like the idea of mak­ing ‘an art’ that needn’t look like art to hold an artis­tic con­ver­sa­tion, that an ex­pe­ri­ence of the work comes through prox­im­ity and the ‘know­ing’ and un­der­stand­ing of the work could come more by per­sonal os­mo­sis than by a for­mu­laic eval­u­a­tion/break­down.” Putting your art all in one bag as it were then Sam or more ex­actly, the con­cept of car­ry­ing art around? Sam con­curs: “I liked the idea of mak­ing ‘an art’ that could, and in some ways only, work when its sta­tus as art is for­got­ten and be­comes an ob­ject that is car­ried close to your own body, sud­denly your car­ry­ing around ‘an art’ ev­ery­where you go and you think noth­ing of it.” The bags are all made of real leather, usu­al­lly cow, but what about pock­ets? “No un­nec­es­sary pock­ets, if you can't put ev­ery­thing in to­gether, get another bag type of thing...” says Sam. Keep an eye out for an MRK/SAM Clyma web­site and on­line store launch­ing soon.

DE­SIGNER JIMMY D ONCE TWEETED THAT HIS GI­ANT MRK MAN CLUTCH HAD BEEN DE­SCRIBED TO HIM AS ' ALARM­ING'. ' WIN' TWEETED THE DE­SIGNER. GRANT FELL LEARNS THERE IS MORE TO DE­SIGNER SAM CLYMA, THAN BAGS. PHOTO: FRANCES CARTER

Styling: Se­bas­tian Mcgirr-hunt and Dy­lan James Richards Groom­ing: Shar­lene Cas­sidy us­ing M.A.C Cos­met­ics. Sam (at Clyne) wears: Shirt and trousers by Zambesi Man, clutch by MRK

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