Illustrator Guy Mckinley has watched We Are Willow grow from its beginnings and toured the West Coast of America as part of the collective in the early days of collaborations. He was invited to respond to the ethos of We Are Willow and the projects produced over the last 8 years through his unique style. In his words…
“…I kept coming back to the collaborative nature of the collective. It began with Chris and Daren, but it’s much more about the things that are created through collaboration on every project since its inception. I instinctively went with hands, not only a totem of friendship but also collaboration, as tools of creativity. I applied the hands to produce another symbol – the eye – signifying separate perspectives combined to one singular vision. As simple as I could make it.
I aimed to re-contextualise the concept for the print highlighting that collaboration can be a more complex and testing method of producing art. The print design represents this artistic struggle through blood and tears whilst adapting the same colour palette. I like the idea that you can give something so positive and uplifting in its original form, a darker twist just by playing with the colour and bringing others to the fore…”
This design will be made available as a limited edition of 50 t-shirts, totes and lapel pin badges with an expanded design also available as a riso print.