Silk Roy

THIS SEASON WE COLLABORATE WITH MELBOURNE ARTIST
SILK ROY TO CREATE EXCLUSIVE RAINBIRD FABRIC PRINTS

Art became a driving force in my life after my introduction to Melbourne’s graffiti scene. I moved here in 98 and was instantly taken by the power and energy of it all. It wasn’t too long before that enthusiasm led me to painting big walls, and now graffiti really serves as my artistic foundation and influences everything else I do as an artist and person.

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How has your style developed over time?

Graffiti is all about developing a unique style. The cityscape is our canvas, and a public one at that, so if you’re lacking in style, your work disappears pretty quickly. I’ve been painting for 10 years now and continue to paint on the street, but the past couple years has seen me take what I’ve learnt from graffiti and adapt it to studio works which I produce in an abstract expressionist style, also known as Graffiti Futurism. I don’t believe in forcing graffiti onto a canvas and throwing it into a gallery setting. I’d rather have that side of my work exist outside. The abstract work is basically another avenue for me to explore and experiment and push myself

How did you start with the ideas behind your creation for the collaboration with Rainbird?

I’m a big fan of camouflage, so as Rainbird specializes in outdoor wear, I saw an opportunity to develop my own abstract camo

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THE DESIGN PROCESS

Silk Roy provided two finished abstract artworks with a perfect colour contrast for a street art inspired collection. These artworks provided a new take on the classic Camo print which transformed directly into prints, perfect for a masculine outer shell and linings.

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