Back in the 1980s, as Creative Director of Reactor Art + Design, I helped our then-client, footwear retailer Roots, to develop their first line of graphic tees and sweats. The incredible success of the Roots Athletics line catapulted the company out of the niche leather and footwear market to become one of Canada's leading clothing retailers.
Roots' success inspired us to create Reactor Artwear, a line of wearable-art tees and sweats with graphics created by Reactor's talented artists and designers. We produced the garments in Toronto, and sold them to boutiques and department stores in Canada, the US and Europe.
The press and public loved the product, but owing to our inexperience and naiveté, some poor business decisions and the cutthroat nature of the garment business, we were unable to make Reactor Artwear a financial success, and had to shut it down after about three years.
Now, 25 years later, the advent of the internet and on-demand garment printing has allowed me to once again indulge my interest in creating wearable art and design on that most democratic of clothing items, the tee shirt. My Artist Shop will feature new designs, as well as some revivals of Reactor Artwear classics.
Featured designs in the shop today include my FLORA collage, which was recently chosen from over 2,000 submissions to be part of the Collective Brewing Label Series, and a revival of TALK IS CHEAP, one of the most popular Reactor designs from the 1980s.
I plan to add new designs on a regular basis, so check back often.
The ADIM Conference is an event I've been attending for over 25 years. It's held every year in California, and this year's event took place at the Adobe Systems headquarters in San Jose.
The theme this year was "20,000 Layers Under the Sea", and the class project was to create a layered composition using 3 pieces of clear acrylic which could be printed on, laser-cut and/or laser-engraved. The piece I created is titled "Forget Me Not".
As usual, there was an incredible and awe-inspiring collection of attendees' projects, all of which can be viewed HERE.
Twelve years ago I was commissioned by Canada Post to design their 2004 Lunar New Year stamp program, consisting of two stamps (domestic and international),a souvenir sheet, first day covers, and a number of additional items. I worked with the great Anita Kunz, who illustrated two scenes from the legend of the Monkey King, the hero of the Chinese classical novel Journey to the West.