The Spacekit Artist Series was developed to showcase personalized designs derived from the brand’s team of award-winning artists. Through this limited-edition series, Spacekit is celebrating each artist’s personal creative style which is derived from meaningful influences and experiences.
“Because of our live event background, our team of designers spend many of their hours focused on how to design environments that translate a client’s vision within the specifications of a venue or stage,” said Chloe Rich, Spacekit vice president, brand strategy. “The Spacekit Artist Series gives an opportunity for our designers to expand outside those typical boundaries and express their creativity and artistic inspirations without any rules.”
The first edition in the series, entitled “Faces” was created by famed production designer, Tom McPhillips, the mastermind behind stage designs for The Who, MTV Unplugged, Eric Clapton and more.
“When we decided to launch the Spacekit Artist Series, we immediately turned to Tom to provide a personal take on individual artistic design,” says James Kelly, Director of Marketing for Spacekit.
McPhillips said the inspiration for is specific design was conceived a decade ago when he was designing for the Electric Forest music festival.
“I’d been inspired by the concept of faces after visiting a museum exhibition of pre-Colombian art, where the human face is a common artistic element. That turned into a multi-year exploration of faces in various forms which I applied to such events as Electric Forest,” McPhillips shared. “It fascinates me how far you can deviate from a realistic face and still recognize it as one. Just two dots and a line and the average person will see a human face.”
This interest in the concept of pareidolia – the human ability to see faces in non-organic things – along with a desire to connect with human emotion, fueled the Faces concept that is now lived out through Spacekit.
“I think it’s one of those things you fall into,” explains McPhillips on how he arrived at the Faces
concept. “Art allows you to reflect as many ethnicities as possible, to bring together cultures and influences. My art is a collective reflection of those influences. It’s something you just pull out of yourself.”
Available in mini or large panels, in four panel, six panel or eight panel arrangements, every printed work of art will be signed by the artist. The “Faces” design features up to eight different expressions and allows for endless configurations using the Spacekit modular art framing system.