We are over the moon excited to be launching our third collaboration collection! This year we teamed up with local Melbourne artist George Rose to create our newest styles and we were not disappointed! Collaborating with George not only was great fun but also allowed for the opportunity to feature some bold and visually captivating prints on our raincoats and jackets.
Travelling from one project to another, George is truly at home when creating a visual splendour for everyone to enjoy, combining her love for colour, bold gradients and type text to spread uplifting messages. George shows no signs of slowing down, completing murals at Colour Tumby, First Coat, Perfect Match, Wall to Wall and Wonderwalls (amongst many others!) we knew that George would be a perfect match for us and make it a collaboration to remember! We sat down with George herself to talk all things art…
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.
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.
Let’s talk colour. Where did your love for colour start?
I’ve always loved colour. I think there was a brief time when I wasn’t using a lot of colour, but it has been part of my art practice and life for as long as I can remember. I was brought up in a colourful house. The way I use colour is a bit of a point of difference in such an image-saturated world. I really enjoy playing with it – seeing how different colours interact and how I can use them to create certain effects. Colour is where I play.
Talk us through your usual process for creating a new piece of work.
Originating artwork is such a complex operation, even when your work looks so simple. I’m a process-driven artist. My approach will depend on the project and the outcome, so there is some variation, but quite often I’ll start off by brain storming and writing notes or maybe making some sketches, then I’ll do research, then I might develop a certain set of exercises or cues to follow in order to develop some more solid graphics. I use the outcomes of these self-initiated tasks to then inform my work. It sounds unnecessarily complicated but I really enjoy having something to bounce off, and I really like producing work that’s a product of a cumulative process.
What’s been one of the most challenging murals you’ve undertaken so far?
There are so many different ways you can measure challenges – I’ve worked on projects where everything has gone wrong, from the timelines being pushed out to severely underestimated measurements, to unforeseen technical difficulties, to projects where the weather changed and the mural has been washed away. The hardest part of painting murals for me can sometimes be psychological, and often these are the things that can be out of my control.
Kit yourself out in the George Rose raincoat and jackets here!
Hi there! Our Rainbird team is taking a break over the festive period, this sadly means no orders will be despatched from 20/12/18 – 01/01/19. You can still however place your order making the most of our free express postage during this time. We will then Express Post your order out to you on Wed 02/01/19 or Thurs 03/01/19 at no extra charge. Apologies for the inconvenience, and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!