'Kit on the road' is a project, which I made during my 3rd year of studying. Each student have been asked to design and make a kind of survival set - a set of objects which may help you get through a situation, such as a concert, a waiting room, etc. rather than really help you to survive.
I've been chosen to make a survival set for a hitchhiker. As a research source I used information I got from real hitchhikers I've met and talked to in the past and also my own experience.
This is how I've created 'Kit on the road'. It is a small backpack, inspired by different etuis and sachettes. On the outside It has blackboard attached (but it's not stiff like conventional blackboard, it is sticked to the leather textile), so that a hitchhiker doesn't have to search for any pieces to write his/hers destination on. There is a chalk, a pepper gas for general safety, an info tag in case one lose his/hers consciousness for example, a tin canned food (hitchhikers I've met always mentioned this as a symbol of long waiting for anybody to stop by and getting hungry), a rain coat and a money from mommy to have an escape to get back home anytime you get tired or bored by your journey.
I have also designed the labels. The first idea of them was to show in a modern way how paths are crossing with each other and how they meet together, just like in hitchhiking one have many stopping points. Later I've been asked to minimalize my idea and leave just the dots.
Finally, I sew the case all on my own. I've made two prototypes before and they helped me to see my mistakes in sewing and decide to put some stiff material inside. It was first time I've been sewing anything like that. Some parts I've sewn by hand because I had no other choice. To master that I've watched and learned from many case, etui and leather wallets sewing tutorials, which I found on internet.