Black drill with blue drill details, black "Strikingly Unconventional T-shirt
Trousers with detachable bondage strap, jacket, T-shirt
Other colours available on request as part of our bespoke service
Made in limited numbers in Britain
Once described as “a renegade taoist priest”, the Designer is a free spirit and even freer thinker. Part anarchist, activist and alchemist, he is a firm believer in growth motivation and self-actualisation. “As creatives, we can achieve a certain degree of this through our art,” he explained. “Through self-expression we confront our personal notions and better explore our understanding of the world. But we must continually strive to break down the barriers and divisions and illusions that exist all around us; to reach inwards, to our innermost self, we first have to reach outwards.” Living by the alchemistic principle of solve et coagula, the Designer dedicates his life to distilling the truth in all things. “In art, in love, in business, in life, we can only understand – and therefore only improve – ourselves by deconstructing our accepted truths and assumptions. We must infiltrate, destroy, rebuild.” The designer spreads his thoughts through pop-up installations at small gallery spaces, heated debates at coffee house, even spraycan art in public places. “People ignore the madman on a soapbox in the middle of town, but if you paint ‘MADMAN ON A SOAPBOX, THIS WAY” on a wall, they will flock to see him. Even artists – especially artists, actually – must be master marketeers.”
THE DESIGNER’S TALE
For a time, the Designer gave lectures on the arts at his local university. Ultimately, however, he found himself too stifled by the rigidity of the academic system, and the expectation that students should learn something tangible – as if facts and figures are somehow more important than discourse and discussion. Eventually he found that he could achieve just as much in a quiet corner of the students’ union, freed from timetables and rote learning – and, quite crucially, space on the tables could be devoted to glasses of wine and old books, rather than dry prescribed texts. His classes were certainly never more popular than when they were taken out of the classroom. “We are all clay,” he started one afternoon-long discussion, “but we are also the sculptor – we must reduce ourselves until we find the truth. Ultimately, it is down to us whether we stay a lump of clay or aspire to something more.” At this point, a student asked whether we should aspire to be Michelangelo or David. “Perhaps a more interesting question to ask first is, did Michelangelo make David or did David make Michelangelo? Is it being an artist that makes something a work of art, or is it only when a work of art is produced that somebody becomes an artist?” The student descended into thought, his brow furrowed. “We must be careful not to be so narrow in our thinking. Michelangelo is an artist, and David a work of art. But so is Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, Alan Turing and his development of computer science, Michael Jordan and his mastery of his sport. We are *all* artists, but our art doesn’t always manifest itself as paint on paper. We are artists of life, and we must never forget this or underestimate how important our individual art is – whatever it may be.”
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