Spring / Summer 2019
Love Against These Walls
Recently, there have been numerous events that indicate populism is on the rise in the Western world. A common thread linking these events together is a desire to retreat from globalization to the perceived safety of protectionism. Our polychromatic world of cultural diversity risks being turned into a monochromatic corner of darkness and seclusion.
We must stop building walls.
In this project, Print Theorem explores the notion of coexistence. The project references various artists that are capturing the harmonious coexistence of man alongside nature and bringing attention to peace loving indigenous tribes, from all across the world.
Through our Spring / Summer 2019 collection of prints, we tell a tale that is harrowing and hopeful. Providing a visual reminder that it is possible for two opposites to peacefully coexist side by side. Tribal silhouettes, checkerboards, figurative drawings and borderless collages feature throughout the collection. They visibly integrate the historic layers of different cultures and civilisations whilst inviting the audience to confront human intimacy.
Deer antler shapes are inspired by Jimmy Nelson series of photographs titled ‘Before they pass away’. Nelson brings into focus the beauty and intrinsic value of remote communities that preside peacefully within wild nature.
Mario Testino’s ‘In Your Face’ series of photographs depicts various couples kissing one another, up close and unrestrained, inspiring intimacy.
Patrick Caulfield’s paintings during the late 1980s are also referenced as part of the explorative journey for this project. In particular, Caufield’s transition from using a black outline for much of his adult career, to removing this descriptive device in creating collages that are less conventional, yet more balanced.
The everyday rustically romantic colour palette is inspired by Paul Outerbridge’s photograph titled ‘Tools with Blueprint’. Surf Spray, Transparent Yellow, Blue Blush, Insignia Blue, Blue Heaven, Indian Tan, Excalibur, Gardenia and Rose Cloud resonate throughout the collection of 30 prints.
Muted colours work in harmony with bold hues.
Scarf names are inspired by the names of the creators that have been referenced. Every squared composition is rigorously considered and is then printed onto the finest silks at a family run mill of local artisans in northern Italy.
- Brian Oglesbee
- Charles Darwin
- Dennis Desmond
- Neal Preston
- Olly Moss
- Richard Heeps
- Ross Lovegrove
- Tim Sebastian