Plain Jane Containers started with an idea of creating a durable container to ship my jewelry safely. Traditionally jewelry is shipped in two containers, an interior and exterior. The interior container is really in case the exterior container is damaged as sometimes happens during shipping. As many know, the business of shipping is not pretty, just completely necessary. So I thought about what was appealing in a shipping container; durability and weight (as carriers often charge for dimension and weight). I also wanted to reuse a material. One day I realized corrugated plastic yard signs had all the requirements I was searching for in a material. I needed an easy way to connect the walls so I thought about utilizing a material that could stretch like elastic, and not break. I read an article about bike inner tubes being used for jewelry material, so I picked up an innertube at the Recycle Bike Store in Midtown Omaha and began cutting up the inner tubes to see what would work. A completed box (with lid) is shown below!
more containers are below (click on the photo to change the image)
I think the containers are really cool, and I decided to expand the line. Here are some prototypes photographed from different angles on my sidewalk.
Once these were completed, I thought about what specific purpose or sizes to have in the line. I decided to go with some basic sizes, 4x6, 5x7, 8.5x11 and a rectangle kleenex box cover.
More containers have been added to the line recently, including a cover for a square tissue box, a zine tray and an album tray (photos will be inserted here soon)
More to come soon!