In the local areas of each THE KNOT (Yokohama, Shinjuku, Sapporo, and Hiroshima) we teamed up with an artist with a deep connection to the area to produce an original tote bag.
Our artist totes are the perfect size for daily use, with handy long straps and no bottom so they can fold up easily too!
Man: approx. 188 cm
Woman: approx. 173 cm
About the Artists
For THE KNOT YOKOHAMA
2017: Obtained a Ph.D. in Fine Art from the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tama Art University
2018: ART IN THE OFFICE 2018 Award
2017: Tokyo Midtown Award 2017 Grand Prix
2017: Koganecho Area Management Center Residence Artist
2020: Creative Railway Art in the Minatomirai Stations, Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Kanagawa)
2020: Koganecho Bazaar 2020 (Kanagawa)
2019: ‘Rokko Meets Art’ art walk 2019 (Hyogo)
2019: Nakanojo Biennale 2019, Kondo Park (Gunma)
2019: Solo exhibition, Information Center – World Atlas Project in
Gwangju (2019, Space Ppong, Gwangju).
Kaneko san is also involved in an ongoing project to draw an invisible ‘portrait of the city’ from people’s memories.
For THE KNOT TOKYO Shinjuku
Born in 1992, Ishikawa prefecture. Graduated from Kyoto Seika University with a major in Japanese painting. After graduating, I continued to create Japanese paintings but moved away from using natural materials as I was taught at university, and explored more artificial materials (acrylic paints, etc.) and fluorescent colors. I changed my style to express it in my own color.
One of the main reasons I changed my style, was that when I went to sketch a natural object with natural materials, I kept finding that the image on an LCD screen was better and more beautiful than what I had seen with my own eyes, and I couldn’t capture it well enough. It led me to adapt from the days when we were surrounded by natural objects, to this present world which is now cluttered with artificial objects. People like me who are born in this age of digital transition feel the aesthetic sense of artificial objects, and I was compelled to try something new. In addition, there have been more opportunities to shirt from natural motifs to artificial ones, and I this had led me to be more interested in social, historical, and secular motif styles.
Currently, the paintings I mainly work on are social and historical. Many of them have a satirical angle, especially the bird’s-eye view screen that shows tiny details of a game that I played in my childhood (the original game had a bird’s-eye view and distorted perspective that was apparently inspired by classical paintings).
2020.8: Group exhibition “Input/Output” at Tsutaya Bookstore. Ginza, Tokyo.
2019.10 – 2020.1: Solo exhibition “THE TOWER” at Fujii Daimaru. Shijo, Kyoto and Daitokai, Shibuya, Tokyo
2019.4: Group Exhibition “People and Landscape” at The blank gallery. Harajuku, Tokyo.
2018.11: Solo exhibition ”melee close in” at ANAGRA. Hanzomon, Tokyo.
2018.10: Group Exhibition ”memento mori” at L’illustre Galerie LE MONDE. Harajuku, Tokyo.
2018.6: Group Exhibition “EPIC PAINTERS vol.4” at The blank gallery. Harajuku, Tokyo.
2018.2: Group exhibition “Young Man’s” at kara-S. Shijo, Kyoto.
2017.7: Solo exhibition “FIGHTER” at ARGUMENT GALLERY. Kichijoji, Tokyo.
For THE KNOT SAPPORO
Born in Fukushima City in 1983. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art, Department of Fine Arts in 2007. In recent years, he has developed a drawing project called “archegraph study”, based on observations of the urban environment in cities in Asia and Europe. Received an overseas training grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and from 2020 has been based in Germany.
Major exhibitions include
“archegraph study_Berlin” (Migrant Bird space, Berlin, 2020),
“Phantoms Agora” (Xiaolong Children’s Museum, Tainan, 2019),
“Futuristic Allegory” (Migrant Bird Space, Beijing, 2019),
“archegraph study_Tainan” (Absolute Space, Tainan, 2018),
“archegraph study_Seoul” (salon cojica, Sapporo, 2017),
“Assembly Nagoya 2016” (Nagoya Meiko District, 2016),
Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 (500m Museum, Sapporo, 2014),
“Becoming Undone” (Kleiner salon, Berlin, 2014) “Jeune Creation 2013” (Saint Quatre, Paris),
For THE KNOT HIROSHIMA
Born in Hokkaido in 1989. Painter. After studying and producing techniques for classical Western painting, he moved to improvisational, drawing-like paintings. As an attempt to connect himself to the history and context of the land, he draws landscapes as the main subject.
Major exhibitions include
“Solo Exhibition: Hiroshima Sketch” (Gallery G, Hiroshima, 2020),
“specimen (s)” (EUKARYOTE, Tokyo, 2019),
“VOCA Exhibition 2019: Perspectives on Contemporary Art-Writers on a New Plane” (Ueno Royal Museum, 2019),
“Solo Exhibition: Landscape and sky” (7T Gallery, Daegu, Korea, 2018),
Also directed “Tamiki Hara -Slightly Aching Star-” (Gallery Crossing 611, Hiroshima, 2018).
Currently living in Hiroshima.
Main body: 350mm (w) x 410mm (h)
Straps: 25mm (w) x 550mm (l)
Cotton, 12 oz polyester
How to Wash
These bags are not designed to be washed. If you do choose to wash your bag, please note that it may cause shrinkage, discoloration, or color transfer.