I've been a professional stage actor, artist, director, writer, and educator. In 2017, I decided to try my hand at designing something to encourage individual expression and creativity in ways I hadn't seen before," explains John Knauss.
While looking for ways to encourage individuality, John also started thinking about how to bring people together while highlighting what makes each person unique. “In a time when we are both more connected as well as disconnected, I want to find new ways to build community and return to the simpler things we may have forgotten over time with the pace of life increasing," he says.
Having lived in more than 20 countries, the designer, who is now based in Florida, wanted to make a product that could be used by anyone, anywhere. Then he had an idea for a design that could only be limited by the imagination: I'd noticed various papers were starting to be used more in the fashion bag industry but no one was doing what seemed the obvious thing to me: inviting people to write on their surface!" The result was the Draw Bag, a wearable way to express yourself that becomes completely unique for each person and each way it's used.