The capsule also marks Republiqe’s first venture into gender-neutral clothing, emphasising the value of inclusivity that drives the brand. Creativity is another, as evident in its choice of collaborating with Aeropalmics. Below, we speak to the multi-disciplinary visual artist on how she designed the prints that colour the collection, the possibilities of the virtual medium, and what you can expect from her next.
Republiqe reached out to me about a collaboration opportunity because they had seen some of the art I had been working on lately and loved the intense colours and energy! I did some research on the company and was fascinated by the idea of how these products can exist solely in the digital sphere. It made so much sense, with where technology and user habits on social media are heading.
I’m a bit of a nerd and love learning about different creative disciplines, their processes and the mindsets of the people who gravitate towards these crafts. I’ve been toying with the idea of dabbling in fashion for a while now, and this was the perfect opportunity to merge art, tech and fashion! Exciting stuff.
This collection revolves around the idea that there is so much beauty, symmetry and repetitive patterns in naturally occurring things — plant and animal life, rock forms, clouds, waves, even the way light falls. I’ve been working around similar themes for more than 12 years now, except that a lot of the pieces were made via drawings with painstaking attention to detail, and in that meticulousness I found calm.
I’ve recently decided to shift in a seemingly opposite direction where visuals are concerned, but the plan is the same — to almost mesmerise with colour through focusing on an extreme abstraction of naturally-occurring patterns and have those static pieces almost look like they move or want to move. This creates a strange form of almost uplifting, playful lucid meditation or hypnosis. I’m still exploring how I can take this further, and have recently been delving into animating these shapes! It’s been an exciting journey thus far.
I started by creating very basic shapes through heroing the perennial Flower as a starting point. I wanted it to be fun and enjoyable to anyone and everyone, at any age. I realised through many iterations that sharper angles gave a harsher impression, whereas round shapes conveyed the ideas of malleability, approachability, and hence went in that direction. I also played around with these shapes overlapping, touching, almost teasing one another so there seemed to be different types of interactions that could possibly convey something almost human.
I think the pandemic definitely had a part to play in this. I had been working on a lot of physically taxing concurrent mural projects and was a bit overworked in mind and body. I enjoy working and having my mind be filled with ideas. I joke that it’s all play for me, and agreeing to too many projects can be to my detriment. The pandemic put a pause on the incredibly physically taxing ones, and that offered me the time and mental capacity to reassess my priorities. With this breath of air, I could then work on more impactful personal projects that have been in the planning stages for a while.
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