UO CAMDEN: TABLE TOPPERSJuly 18, 2013
Urban Outfitters Camden is just a few days from being unleashed and we can’t bloomin’ wait!
The chances are that when you pop in to say hello (you will though yeah?), you’ll notice an array of awesome art spotted about the walls and shop floor. Well, this work is carefully commissioned to a select crew of artists who we just know will make our stores look great. It’s about time you meet them, right?
For the Camden launch we asked these talented peeps to knock out some designs for our product table tops and document their progress. We watched in awe as the pictures filtered through, some truly magnificent art was unfolding in front of our email eyes. Just scroll down below and admire the results.
We’ll also have a live table top drawing session kicking off on the night of the party (25th July) so you better get on down! (see end of post for details on how to boogie)
I’m a Newcastle based illustrator that is happiest with a pen and paper. I do not speak fluent Geordie.
Growing up out in the sticks, I was surrounded by nature – trying to analyse every aspect of a leaf or watching stones skip in the water, I was fascinated by the detail and depth something so small had to offer. I try to relive the level of detail that tends to be overlooked, using my drawings to capture that moment in time. These are the things that need to be appreciated, you see.
Left to my own devices – I enjoy producing monochrome, detailed and at times quite macabre images that will always have a story behind them, even if it makes no sense to anyone else but me.
The idea behind the Camden tabletop came after watching a documentary about a particular species of marine fish that propel themselves out of the water to get away from predators. Awesome, wait, surely this just puts them in danger of air based predators instead? I thought how harsh is that? – Death below AND above the water.
After much deliberation/doodling, I decided that the only chance these poor souls had would be if they could actually fly instead of just gliding with style. The flying fish was then born in my mind and forever remembered on that table, for everyone to look at and think ‘what the hell is going on here?’
Bob Motown is an illustrator, doodle wizard, and self-taught whiz kid at screen-printing. He was born and raised in Hollywood, California, where he ran a full-service print shop called Two Rabbits Studios. Two Rabbits had their concert posters and fine art in venues, shows, and magazines all across the US. He recently relinquished his role as 1/2 of Two Rabbits, packed up and shipped out to London, and is now 100% Bob Motown. Armed with some loud colours, a unique sense of humour, (and a penchant for drawing cats) Bob is on a mission to make the world smile.
As far as inspiration for this piece goes I went back to my roots. I grew up on cartoons and I have always loved cats. I use a lot of cats in my work now for many different reasons.
With this piece I wanted to capture the broad range of emotional characters that the tabletop itself might encounter everyday. I wanted to fill it with rich detail to capture people’s eyes and curiosity as they shop.
For the visual language, I drew from my obsession with cartoons. The over simplifications and exaggeration of things in the cartoon world fascinates me, and I use that to try and make a statement about the real world. I like to think that the use of extreme cartoon emotions will make someone question what an emotion is and appreciate them for what they really are. But Beyond any underlying message, I just want this piece to make people smile!
Glasgow based artist and builder of grand objects. Self proclaimed lover of Techno and dark Disney/Fleischer cartoons.
Graduated from Glasgow School of Art before becoming a failed musician. Currently employed as Display Artist for Urban Outfitters. Hyperactive Procrastinator.
A refined style of repetition, colour and detail occur throughout his illustration and design work.
Observe: Exploring repetitive drawing serves not only as a cathartic process but also as a mantra and philosophical enlightenment.
Inspired by William Burroughs & Brion Gysin to build a working “dream machine” for a modern day Turntable. A stroboscopic device that produces visual stimuli by flickering light across the eyelid at a frequency approximate to alpha waves in the brain. Often enough resulting in the user experiencing clear visions of complex shapes, patterns and colours. The particular art piece was developed and advanced from one such experience.
Sabrina Samsoodin is a London based mixed media artist specializing in print with hand embroidery.
After graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design with a BA in Textile Design Sabrina worked on a variety of projects in different creative roles, including fashion and textile design internships at Louise Gray and David David.
Her interests in traditional textile crafts and their connection with social values and change led Sabrina to pursue a course of study in hand embroidery.
Sabrina is currently studying at The Royal School of Needlework and works on pairing traditional textile crafts alongside innovation in digital design through a combination of embroidery, illustration and laser cut print.
I’m a visual artist and illustrator living in London but originally from the North West of Ireland. In the past I’ve worked with Christopher Shannon, Fred Perry, T-Shirt Party and i-D Online.
My work is fairly light-hearted but can occasionally be a little dark. I deal with what’s around me in London, which is quite broad as the whole world comes to London. I love that this city assimilates everything, but everything assimilated changes London a little too. It’s perfect here because culture doesn’t stand still and there’s always a different idea, which is handy for a bit of discourse.
My reason for painting the Green Man head was that it’s an ancient symbol from Britain that’s lost almost all of its old meaning. Now you see it on the outside of pubs and on keystones on houses. I like these old symbols as you can re-appropriate them. Mine was sort of just a modern update to be reinterpreted, which Urban Outfitters is helping with.
Table top deliciousness!
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Joining the party event on Facebook HERE.
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