Third Time Rainfall


Loewe Foundation

Loewe Foundation
Madrid, Spain

Based in Tokyo, ARKO is a self-described ‘straw artist’ who has been applying her creative approach to traditional craft since 2002. Represented by the Somewhere Tokyo design gallery, her use of natural materials and age-old techniques re-insert fading customs back into modern life.
An agglomeration of rice straw, this wall-mounted artwork harks back to a more traditional era. Once woven into everyday Japanese life – from footwear,
to clothes and blankets – the material is now mainly used in the holy ornaments for the Shimenawa New Year ceremony. Using unique stitching patterns
to create beautiful undulating forms, ARKO seeks
to re-forge the fading bond between countryside
and contemporary living. Emanating a natural scent, the rice straw provides an organic reminder of ethnic identity and natural providence.


  • Title: Third Time Rainfall
  • Creator: ARKO
  • Date Created: 2017
  • Location: Akita, Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: 11x25x125cm
  • Type: Straw
  • Medium: Straw, thread

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