What's the point of being a designer if you can't have a bit of self-indulgent fun along the way?!
Mid-way though 2018 John and his two teenage sons travelled to the US for collection of a 1956 Chevrolet that had been found and purchased some months earlier. Once delivered to Seattle, the trio drove the car (slowly!) over 2000 miles to the Long Beach docks just south of Los Angeles.
The t-shirts, containing visual cues relating to the car and the journey, were worn as a novelty during the trip and given as gifts to car people met along the way.
Often a t-shirt print is a good way to mark an occasion! In this instance the completed restoration of John Frostell’s 1957 Chevrolet proved to be the impetus for a new design. The collage draws in imagery from the era in general, as well as various graphic markers of the car itself. Coming soon to an ‘Etsy’ near you. :)
If abstraction is a key driver in graphic design, then the hero of this endeavour in the field of fine art could rightfully be said to be Brett Whiteley. And as do many graphic designers, he owned themes that enjoyed repetition and reinterpretation over time. Among them was the humble match. Sadly, his burned too soon. (And from the opposite end.)
John Frostell's Scottish heritage is explored with the use of his grandfather Robert Grant’s Black Watch tartan.