Totes amaze

Once a humble way to carry shopping and groceries, the tote bag has come of age as a popular contemporary fashion item with a new exhibition.

The Surreal House by Pentagram
The Surreal House by Pentagram

The West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield is presenting creative highlights from the last ten years of tote bag design as part of the TOTES AMAZE! showcase opening this week.

Deer Rabbit by Andrea Forgacs
Deer Rabbit by Andrea Forgacs

The exhibition features international talents working in tote bag design, including Andrea Forgacs and Gemma Busquets, as well as consultancies such as Pentagram.

Kate by Talented Totes
Kate by Talented Totes

The tote is now seen as a way to communicate graphic messages in a stylish way to the wider public, used by as diverse a field as tourist boards to boutique fashion outlets. While designer tote bags can sell for hundreds of pounds, most can be bought for between £8-£25, and are seen as practical way to own limited edition artwork.

Knitting Fox by Stupid Potato
Knitting Fox by Stupid Potato

Patrick Murphy, exhibition co-ordinator, says, ‘Totes have a utility feel, from a time when people encountered design in a different way. They’re an interesting way of self-expression. And a bit more fun, isn’t it?’

Peace Tote by Gemma Busquet
Peace Tote by Gemma Busquet

TOTES AMAZE! runs from 9 January – 16 February at the West Yorkshire Print Worskshop, Mirfield, WF14

Rockers by Paper Shakers
Rockers by Paper Shakers
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  • Gill McColl November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Really great collection! We also started ‘Totes Amazed’ at the end of last year to showcase the amazing designs created by independent graphic designers & illustrators. If you like contemporary (and many exclusive) tote bag designs from the likes of Gemma Correll, Mini Moderns, Peskimo, Crispin Finn & more you should take a look at http://www.totesamazed.co.uk @totesamazeduk

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