Our Resort 2014 collaboration is arguably one of our most playful collaborations to date. Transcending you into a radiant multicolored alternate universe, also known as The Teddy Boys’ Picnic, artist Russell Maurice and our Creative Director Geoffrey J. Finch have created a one of a kind print not to be forgotten!
Watch as these playful troublemakers cavort their way through the night exploring the wild escapades of teenage revelry.
We recently caught up with London based Russell to find out what really led to the creation of the Picnic Print and about the man behind it...
Russell, you received your MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins. What lead you into the crazy world of fashion?
Actually, street wear came before anything for me. I started a skate company back in 1993 when I was seventeen, just making t-shirts. Friends kept asking me to make hand painted tees with my characters on them, so after I'd made about ten of those, I'd raised enough money to start getting them printed and just kept going. Its twenty-one years this year.
A lot of your work has a whimsical naïve children’s point of view with underlying tones of more advanced youth themes. Why do you choose to mix the two, instead of keeping them separate?
The cartoon is just my format, the vehicle for my ideas. It's abbreviated form makes it an ideal communication for kids as they can read it, but at the same time its simplicity of form appeals to adults for the same reasons.
Where do you look for the inspiration for your work? Do you have a process you go through before designing a particular print?
It depends on the project, but for my own work a lot of old comics and cartoons. The older the better! Also a lot of art shows, and a lot of digital trawling too. The process for a print varies per job, but often it starts with a stoned brainstorm and a flurry of sketches...this usually births enough material to make a print.
What was the starting point for the Picnic Print from Resort 14?
Meetings with Geoffrey where we talked about what it should be and chuckled about his source materials. I really enjoyed developing this one, it was a good laugh as well as creatively fulfilling, and I was super stoked with the outcome.
Which bear within the print is your favourite character? Are any of them resembled after yourself or anyone you know in particular?
Ha-ha I resemble the dude zoning out under the mushroom. Really the only one based on a real person is the Geoffrey Bear.
What can Russell Maurice fans expect next?
I don't know if there are any fans! But things are super positive; I'm excited about a certain collaboration that is in process now. Then more new tees from my own label Gasius dropping soon. Art wise I have a show in March at the Depot in Clapton then in May I'm heading to Australia to do a couple of shows with Horfe from Paris, whose work is amazing.
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