Backpack by Hallier VanGerpen


Navy tshirt with white silk screening

Gilden 6400 Adult Eurofit (sleeker fit in shoulders and sleeves) 

100% cotton ringspun

Preshrunk jersey knit 

 S - XXL

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Hallie VanGerpen





For my design I knew I wanted to make an image that displayed  the reality of being young and homeless so I decided to include a backpack and a younger individual. The image displays a young boy sleeping in his bag. This shows how when someone has nowhere to go their bag is their only item they have and are able to carry, and can be their only thing they own. lt’s like carrying your house where ever you go. My goal for this piece is to raise awareness  that some kids may not have resources that they average person would have, I would also like this piece to spark mindfulness in others to be more appreciative  and respectful if they see someone who may appear not to care about their grades in school although the reality of the situation is that their peer does not have school supplies or is exhausted from not finding a place to crash the previous  night. In my piece I used re-contextualization by putting the image of a backpack in a different context. Instead of the bag being connected to school it is more so related to an important resource for homeless  youth. The image is displayed  with positive and negative space. The white being positive and the black being negative.