The city of Date in Fukushima Prefecture has long flourished as one of Japan’s foremost production centers of knitwear. For this special event, a large selection of original scarves and blankets has been created in collaboration with Dysun Co., Ltd., a knitwear manufacturer operating in Date for 45 years.
A total of 177 creative artists took part, all on a voluntary, noncommercial basis. They span from young designers at the start of their career to well-established designers of renown. In addition, we also invited the participation of students at Date’s Yanagawa Elementary School. The school was completely destroyed in the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster of 2011, but rebuilding was completed this past spring. Altogether the students came up with 422 designs. Six were selected by the judges, and they are on exhibit and sale together with the works by the 177 creative artists.
Proceeds from the sale of the scarves and blankets will be donated as relief funds to aid children living in the disaster-affected regions. In this way, CREATION Project 2015 is an event by which using an item of knitwear of the design that suits your fancy serves to support recovery in Tohoku.
(G8) after the artist’s name means the item is on display at CREATION Gallery G8; (GG) similarly refers to Guardian Garden.
Participation by Primary School Students of Date City in Fukushima Prefecture
Students of Yanagawa Elementary School, which is located quite close to the knitwear manufacturer Dysun in Date City, were invited to participate in designing scarves and blankets for this event. With the school’s cooperation, a total of 422 designs were submitted, from which a special judging panel – creative director Michihiko Yanai and art director Koichi Kosugi – selected 6 to be shown, and sold, alongside the works by the 177 creative artists.
Maika Iwadate, 1st grade
I drew this remembering how pretty the orange color of “anpogaki” (dried persimmons) was that I saw in winter. I wanted people to remember the orange color of anpogaki all the time, wherever they are.
Kai Takeda, 4th grade
“Lucky Bent Tail”
Our family cat’s tail isn’t straight. Its tip is slightly bent. In Europe, though, it’s called a cat of happiness. That’s why I’m happy every day. I decided on this so everyone would become happy.
Ryu Takahashi, 2nd grade
“Beetles Playing Hide-and-Seek”
I really like rhinoceros beetles and stag beetles, and for my drawing I chose a camouflage pattern and put them in it, hidden, so people would have fun finding them. I hope friends who also like rhinoceros beetles and stag beetles will enjoy using it.
Taisei Miura, 3rd grade
“I’m a Successor”
I wanted to make something cool but couldn’t think of anything, so I just wrote something.
Airi Seki, 5th grade
When I saw the floating lanterns during the Obon Festival, I thought it was very pretty how they bobbed up and down in the river. Even if we move away from Yanagawa after we grow up, I wanted people to look at this lap blanket and remember this place where we were born and raised.
Naotaro Otsuki, 6th grade
“Exploration in the Camouflage Forest”
Please close your eyes and imagine what it would be like to take a deep breath in a forest like this. If it were me, I’d really be energized by it. It would also make me brave. That’s because it’s the colors of the peace recovery squad.
The judges selecting the 6 winning student entries (September 2015 at Recruit)
Knitwear presentation ceremony (November 2015 at Yanagawa Elementary School)
Dysun Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1967, Dysun Co., Ltd. manufactures knitwear at its own plant. All phases of production, from textile production and sewing to finishing, are performed on the premises. Dysun also undertakes its own product development and sales, in a quest to respond to the ever-changing needs of users. The company develops products of all kinds using its own 3- to 12-gauge full jacquard and whole garment knitting machines. Sewing is carried out using a group production system. Every group member is a true professional capable of personally performing all processes from cutting to lock-stitching and linking.
Dysun Co., Ltd.
23 Yanagawamachi, Higashidobashi, Date-shi, Fukushima Pref.
URL: http://www.dysun.co.jp/ (Japanese language only)
Knitwear Dimensions and Material
Scarf: 25 x 180 cm (approx.)
Blanket: 70 x 120 cm (approx.)
Material: acrylic yarn
The scarves on exhibit will be available for purchase at 4,000 yen each (tax included); blankets will be on offer at 4,500 yen apiece. Items can be purchased at the two galleries during the exhibition and taken home. Articles that sell out during the show can be ordered either directly at the galleries or through the following website: http://store.ponparemall.com/r-2gallery/ (Japanese language only). Shipments of items made-to-order are scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2016.
A pamphlet showing all the items on display will be available for purchase. Price: 540 yen (tax included).
Allocation of Proceeds
Proceeds from this event (after production and shipping costs) will be donated to the Iwate Learning Hope Fund, the Great East Japan Earthquake Miyagi Children’s Scholarship Fund, and the Great East Japan Earthquake Fukushima Children’s Charity.
Organizers and Venues
CREATION GALLERY G8
Recruit Ginza8 Bldg., 1F, 8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8001
Hulic Ginza 7-chome Bldg., B1F, 7-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Scarf and Blanket Production
Dysun Co., Ltd.
Yanagawa Elementary School, Date
In 1990 CREATION GALLERY G8 and Guardian Garden launched a series of annual charity exhibitions targeted at conveying the fun and enjoyment of art and design to a large number of people. Each year works created on a noncommercial basis by artists with links to the galleries have been put on display and offered for sale, and the proceeds have been donated to various charity causes. In 2009 this annual undertaking was renamed “CREATION Project,” since which the aim has been to make creative proposals of how our daily lives can be enriched through design. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, the focus of the project has been on manufacturing articles in the Tohoku region as a way of supporting industries in the disaster-affected areas. In 2011 the event was all about tote bags (made in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures); in 2012, aloha shirts (made in Fukushima); in 2013, small pouches from Ishinomaki (Miyagi); and in 2014, Japanese-style notebooks (made in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures). Together, proceeds in 2011-2014 enabled the galleries to donate a total of approximately 10.3 million yen to charities supporting children in the disaster region.
CREATION Project 2011: Tote Bags Made in East Japan
CREATION Project 2012: EAST ALOHA
CREATION Project 2013: Little Handbags from Ishinomaki
CREATION Project 2014: Japanese-style Notebooks from Tohoku