I asked my friend Bex if she had a scouting patch for her favorite things what would they be? Farming, Reading, Storytelling and Ladybugs. The Ladybug patch is totally made up and I created a patch with Bex’s initials. Her favorite insect and also happens to be the New York state insect, also called a ‘Ladybird’. She’s a genuine bugged out lady from New York.
The colors on this piece were inspired by 40’s Americana camping iconography, camping and Coleman grills (the green and red).
Patagonia Work Shirt.
In 2011 after returning from a long journey in the southern hemisphere, I spent a lot of days in NYC cafe’s drinking teas doodling imaginary trees. word. life. It took some time and a very tiny brush but i was able to paint one on the back of this heavy cotton work shirt. The body of the tree ended up resembling a heart, and so ‘heartwood’. This one also was the start my playing around with triangles and other geometric doodle thingies in other pieces. peep my neck and my back.
The color teal set off the pink, and white.
‘It’s like that and that’s the way it is.’
Hand painted and hand stitched Orguiel Sweatshirt Crew.
Took a while to see this one. Sometimes you just wait patiently, like a ghost hiding in a mountain, and clouds clear. I did some quick cartoonish doodles and I liked the sort of pac-man ghost look of it, and there is was. Improving on my stitching, added some clouds and a new hand cut felt ‘C.49’ logo stitched onto the front of that. boo-m
Chambray made by Loomstate.
Nothing inspires a design more than clothing that is well made. Loomstate has not only been making meticulously beautiful and easy to wear clothing, but doing with a purpose, 100% organic and fair trade. This shit is a product of a collaboration with Loomstate. It should be called serendipity, but instead I named it Pines, for the bristlecone pine inspired tree on the back.
The Winds. This indigo heavy cottton tee made by japan Blue. Simple pocket hand-stitched in bottom right for no reason.
Vintage Patagonia Work Shirt (1970’s)
Anonymous gift from a customer, painted in 2005 . A few years later noticed the fabric in the shoulders was getting threaded, so asked a friend to stitch it up and she reinforced it with a fjord flannel. The Patagonia logo is original, and was stitched inside at the back of the neck and repositioned it to the chest.
The design, I don’t know…it’s a strange skeleton doing yoga…it’s how it came out, no-one plans these things. stay changing.
Patagonia Work Shirt
Spinal design, simple and plain. ‘Avern’ is borrowed from the name of a weapon in the science fiction novel ‘Book of the New Sun’ by Gene Wolf. One of the best sci-fi fantasy books ever written. I was reading it at the time this was painted and so…yeah. It’s not over.
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