IN 2019 WE COLLABORATED WITH MELBOURNE MURAL ARTIST
GEORGE ROSE TO CREATE EXCLUSIVE RAINBIRD FABRIC PRINTS
Our very own Aussie artist and creative globetrotter George Rose has been making her mark within the global mural scene over the last several years.
Spending her time travelling from one project to another George has shown ample diversity on all commissions she’s worked on. From Brown Brothers Wine to Crown Metrepol, Instagram, Disney and Melbourne Central – to name just a few! To doing the rounds on the Global Street Art festival circuit; completing colourful murals at Colour Tumby, First Coat, Wall to Wall and Wonderwalls!
Now, in collaboration with Rainbird, George’s signature use of colours and gradients shine through on an exciting new set of unique fabric prints. Inspired by the Australian weather and climate George uses a mixture of patterns, maps and her own gestural mark-making to create a stylish and unique touch to adorn your waterproof jackets!
After completing your graphic design training, what was it that made you try your hand at murals?
I was never really a graphic designer. I think maybe I was drawn to the design profession as a means to an end. I saw it as a way I could use my interest in art to develop a career in a creative field, but I don’t know that I thought about it all too deeply. I was always interested in using my hands – building things and painting. I loved sign writing and street art too. All through school and university, I idolised people who painted walls. It wasn’t too surprising that I just started to dabble in murals given any opportunity (most of the time I just made up excuses to paint walls). Painting murals was my way of escaping the computer screen, but over time it just became a part of who I am.
How has your style developed over time?
I find it hard to stay static with my style, so evolution comes pretty easily with my practice. I actually found that developing a really unique style only happened after I heavily restricted my mediums and output. I think a lot of the time the most creative outcomes come about from adhering to limitations. It’s important to remember that nothing happens in isolation – it takes years and years of doing what I do to develop an understanding of what works and what doesn’t and to be honest I still feel like I have so much to learn.
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What would you say influences you?
My influences are pretty varied. I love a certain style of artist and designer – usually those who are very concept-driven. My own work is super process-informed, so I’m drawn to others who use a similar process to develop their works. Designers like Stefan Sagmeister and Tin & Ed have always appealed to me, but then again, I also love really graphic artworks – comic book artists, illustrators, typographers, the list goes on. I find inspiration just from living for the most part.
Where did your inspiration come from when creating the artworks for the Rainbird collaboration?
For Rainbird, my inspiration came from the weather. I looked at meteorology maps and the mean temperature/rainfall maps from Australia in previous years and used the statistics to create the patterns, combined with my gestural mark-making and pattern work. As the product usually dictates how I set my concept, it made sense to create abstract maps based on the Australian climate for the jackets.
Photos by Kevin Vo and Nicole Reed