Good morning folks, we have yet another brilliant designer to show off this week.
Meet Chanel and Junkprints. Junkprints is an art-inspired clothing and accessory line. Moving from a photography and graphic design focus, Junkprints transitioned into fashion and accessories and is doing its’ thang. Not only are the designs aesthetically pleasing, but also each piece of clothing or accessory has an ingenious underlying theme or message for customers to take away. Bottom line, this line is dope and forward thinking. I’m hoping it can change the game for female clothing.
Enough of the banter, go to the jump below to see how Junkprints is putting it down.
- Leandrew Robinson
1.) Where are you from? What do you do for a living?
Well I’m a bit nomadic. I was born in Inglewood, California, spent most of my youth in Pomona, California, did a stint in Denver, Colorado, got REALLY educated in Toronto, Canada, now I live, love and work in Brooklyn NY. I’m a hyperactive maker/designer and the gal behind Junkprints.com
2.) What kind of products do you produce?
I make smart clothing accessories and general dopeness. The items aren’t “smart” within themselves but I like to think that they represent and adorn thinking, questioning people.
3.) Describe how you got started. What led to your recent popularity?
I never intended to go into fashion and it’s kinda ironic that I taught myself to sew because my mom use to design clothing, but I was convinced that I was going to make cartoons. To this day I don’t consider my self a fashion designer, I just use fashion to display my work.
About 2 years ago I started modifying vintage clothing and printing my graphic on tees and hoodies. Junkprints as a company is actually 7 years old, but before the clothing line it’s primary focus was Photography and Graphic Design. I’ve found that the clothing aspect has allowed me to communicate directly with the audience and essentially bring the art to the people.
The clothing line kind of started as an accident. Just for fun, I started making myself clothing so that I could wear things I like and believe in. I love men’s clothing, it’s so practical and usually the messaging isn’t making a fool out of the person wearing it. Unlike women’s clothing that usually has too few pockets, isn’t quite warm or comfortable, and has dumb graphics such as ‘sexy.’ I think people identify with my work because it’s a varied perspective that allows room for growth and questioning. It’s fun and loose but deals with important issues.
4.) In looking at your products and other designs on your site, it is clear that you are extremely artistically talented, what drives your artistry? Who or what are some influences?
I’m first content inspired and then medium driven, meaning the story or topic comes first and the execution. I enjoy irony and have a tendency to deliver loaded topics sautéed in a sugary aesthetic. I’m inspired by the past and the present. I’m a savager and duplicator who is super fascinated with propaganda and how we as people relate to our social environments. At first, I think my work was about race but it’s evolved into inclusion, exclusion and the strange nuanced that come with social binary opposition. The thin division lines between social separation are what push me to cover the topics I address in my work.
5.) Here are some samples of Junkprints hot designs and artwork…
Colored fountain Illustration (2008)
I sat on this design for a while because I wanted to make sure that it brought people together vs. pulling them apart. I’ve heard the story of folks that were unfamiliar with segregation in the U.S. visiting the South during that time and thinking that the colored fountain contained colored liquid… if only it had been as simple as water or Kool-Aid.
Visionary Glasses (2009)
Made from recycled records and plexiglass, this is one of my fun ironic pieces. It puts a smile on faces and in some ways inspires us all to have some vision and be a visionary.
Watchers Illustration (2004), Medium: Giclee Print • Size: 31″ x 22″
This illustration was part of a series I did called Good Housekeeping; it deals with stereotypes and imposed values placed on many American women of color.
6.)What are your ultimate goals for your line?
The ultimate goal for the line is more of the same with the inclusion of unique collaborations and co-branding in a fair sustainable method.
7.)What are your opinions of the new Karmaswap? How do you see this affecting streetwear culture?
I like the concept of KarmaSwap and look forward to seeing it evolve as more people become aware of it and utilize it as a forum and e-commerce tool.