Gary Card’s Fixed Stare

Having turned his hand to creating electric Christmas trees and one of our favourite London concept store designs in LN-CC , illustrator and set designer Gary Card has created his first range of t-shirts.

Billy
Billy

The range carries the rather menacing moniker Fixed Stare – an apt name for the eerie portraiture emblazoned on the otherwise all-black pieces.

Eliot
Eliot

According to OTHER, which is stocking the range, the project marks a return for Card to his ‘first love’ of drawing faces. The ghostly visages are created in bright pinks, greens, blues and yellows, with their luminescent and haunting faces producing rather disquieting feel.

Jakob
Jakob

Card says that the inspiration for the pieces came from a series of portraits by American fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon. Card had created some pencil crayon on cartridge paper images for an exhibition, which have been reconfigured for the t-shirt designs.

Lynnene
Lynnene

He says, ‘I inversed the images on Photoshop – they did this incredible really weird thing. They took on a whole new life once I’d inversed them.’

Gary Card and the in-store installation
Gary Card and the in-store installation

Showcasing Card’s set design skills, the t-shirts are displayed in a Card-designed installation, reflecting their ghoulish aesthetic.

The OTHER shop window
The OTHER shop window

However, the designer is keen that the t-shirts prove there’s more to him than sets.

Phil
Phil

‘I kind of feel like I’m starting a part of my career again’, he says. ‘I’ve been experimenting with stretching out what it is that I do so its not just a set designer any more – it’s just a designer, which is maybe the ultimate goal.’

Fixed Stare is available from www.other-shop.com or OTHER,  21 Kingly Street,  London W1B

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