Autonomy Bag Construction




Introduction: Autonomy Bag Construction

The following is the construction method for making your own Autonomy Bag. An Autonomy Bag can be used to submit to rules of containment, yet determine to conditions of where an when one is contained. It can be used for the implementation of ephemeral autonomous space.

48 inch roll of brown craft paper.
Tape measure
Clear tape
Rubber cement
Stencil set
Black spraypaint

Step 1:

Roll out brown paper and measure off 138 inches in length. Cut that piece off at a nice perpendicular.

Step 2:

Using your friendship with gravity, fold the length of that piece into even thirds. Make both of the creases fold in the same direction.

Step 3:

Fold each outer third into halves. Once again, make sure the crease direction is following the same direction as the earlier folds.

Step 4:

Make a perpendicular fold at 14 inches off one of the short sides. Fold in the same direction as the other folds.

Step 5:

Turn your focus on the second and fifth sections of sixths, counting from the length-wise side. Let say you are standing at the long edge, and the other long side with the perpendicular fold is opposite you. For each, you want to mark a point which is at the center of both columns, and one half the column's width below the perpendicular fold.

Step 6:

Draw lines from those spots, which intersect with the corners of the perpendicular folds and run all the way to the edge of the paper.

Step 7:

Fold these lines in the direction opposite to all the folds.

Step 8:

Now we can begin using these creases to form the paper into a bag-like cube. It is helpful to do this with the short perpedicular fold flush against the floor and with the long edge sides standing up. It is most helpful to have a trusted bag-folding companion hold these sides up for you while you fold.

Step 9: Check Point

At this point you should have a pre-folded rectangle of brown paper that resembles this reference sheet. The next step is folding which is a little tricker to conceptualize so in this reference images key folding lines are highlighted. Red lines fold toward the interior of the cube and blue lines fold toward the exterior.

Step 10:

Now turn the first side of the bag into a right angle. The diagonal fold (or blue line) will fold under the large flap of leftover length from the perpendicular fold. Fold it down nice. The fold creates a diagonal from the corner you just created. Tape this corner in place wherever seems most helpful.

If you are having trouble conceptualizing how the corner fold works refer to the demonstration video of the one corner fold in miniature for reference.

Step 11:

Continue to fold the bag sides at right angles. Allow the diagonal folds (again, represented by the blue lines in the reference image) to slip under the bag and keep taping to keep your form.

Step 12:

Once you have folded all four corners, bring the two seams together and tape them in place. During this whold holding and taping process you'll probably want someone holding the edges up for you.

Step 13:

Carefully hop in the bag with the rubber cement. Begin cementing all of the creases on the interior. Hold it there for a bit to let it dry

Step 14:

Now we have the form. Flip it upside-down and prop it up on some high standing object that fits in it. I used two bar-stools

Step 15:

Spread rubber cement on any exterior creases necessary to add extra strength. Allow the cement to dry.

Step 16:

Fold top of the bag down to one side. This naturally collapses the bag and creates creases on the short ends.

Step 17:

Now bring the flattened bag to a well ventilated area. Lay it flat on a surface and arrange the stencils on the front of the bag to say "autonomy bag."

Step 18:

Lightly spraypaint the letter forms in the stencils and let dry.

Step 19:

There you have it. You and possibly a partner may now experience a makeshift and momentary structure of autonomy in otherwise interpellated constructions of social space.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    exsqueeze me, but this is a blanket fort. i built one yesterday with my 4 year old grandson. we were fighting off the mutants from under the couch. we sustained horrible losses, but enjoyed a complete and total victory! i wish you as much success with your paper womb. lol!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard.. thank you for sharing

    fungus amungus

    You spraypainted on top of a couch!? Looks like it was in the garage, so probably one you don't care about.

    Nice bag, reminds me of this article.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Super useful. My coworkers and I sometimes hide in boxes to get away from it all... this is much fancier. :D