Necessity is the mother of invention, and in my opinion, nature is our best source of inspiration. Color, style, practical application, are all evident within our natural world. Artists, illustrators, clothing manufactures have all been known to turn to nature for illumination when designing their next creative piece.
The mammal kingdom offers several examples of pouch carrying critters that illustrate this point perfectly. These animals are classified as marsupials. To the majority of us, the most widely recognized marsupial is the kangaroo. Not even the best limo bus st louis has available can compare to the cozy mama packs these furry creatures call home for as long as six months.
From birth canal directly into a pouch, marsupial young are not quite fully developed until after they have spent time in the mother’s pouch. The gestation period of an adult female is usually only 4 to 5 weeks, so after giving birth her offspring is further protected and guarded against danger for the extension of it’s initial development. In the same way we employ pouches and packs as humans as a means to carry and protect our belongings during transport, so do marsupials.
Although it’s a fair bet to say that humans produced their first packs and pouches out of practical necessity, and probably long before any of us laid eyes on the workings of an actual marsupial. Nonetheless, a parallel can be made that brings pouch pack designs full circle as an offshoot of nature. If something has worked impeccably in the natural world, it’s safe to say that there is a shared unconscious understanding of its innate appeal on many levels.
Check out the above video to learn more about a few pouch bearing mammals that inspire – in one way or another.
Living exclusively on the island of Tasmania off the southeast coast of Australia, this marsupial has inspired everything from clothing to movies. Having a reputation for their ferocious ability to take down and devour prey they were once hunted nearly to extinction as a menace to local farmers. They may give birth to 30 cubs at a time, but within the female’s pouch nature has supplied only 4 nipples for feeding. They learn early to be in competition for food. The grow up mean and hungry. The survivors have the distinct pleasure of enjoying the mama pack for approximately 100 days before being expelled.
Who here has ever heard of a Bandicoot? Honestly, I chose this little beast because I like the name. It’s unlikely that these small ratlike creatures have made an impact on the world of design, but they are cute. They spend their first few days in a pouch. Warm and cozy, protected and nourished. They are found in the world down under, and thrive in the Australian and New Guinea regions. Carrying their young in a pouch located just at the mother’s abdomen, they scamper around knowing that the next generation is secure.
You thought that this was just a name you called someone who impressed you as being a bit off their mark. Well, that might be so, but it’s also a marsupial and a favorite dinner or snack for the Tasmanian Devil. Besides carrying their young in a belly pack, an interesting note on these fellows is that they move very slowly – until they are in danger and then they can get up to speeds of 25 mph and maintain that speed for 90 minutes. Another note worth mentioning; the reasons they can live in areas that food supplies are limited is because they take 14 days to digest a good meal. Now that’s inspiring! Imagine how long a good pizza would last.
This article was just for fun and a departure from our packs and pouches reviews. I hope you enjoyed the diversion. Look around and see if you can find other items that are inspired by Mother Nature. Leave a comment below and always let me know if you have had a good experience with a particular pack or pouch and I’ll include it in a future article.