"Festival Folk" AW18/19 Collaboration with Rob Flowers.
Rob has been a friend and collaborator from our Beyond the Valley days together. In 2004, I bought his first self published illustrated book “Spring Heeled Jack”, a dark urban boogie man type of character that first sprung up as a rumour around the East End in Victorian times. When we first met up to brain storm, we found that we had the same images from the Wilder Mann series by Charles Fréger amongst our mood boards; portrait images illustrating weird and often ferocious costume worn in old European traditions. These formed part of Rob’s research for his current book “Festival Folk” for Cicada Books. It felt like a perfect Totem theme, as many of these festivals tell a tale of shared humanity; of our communities and our dependance on the natural world around us. And so, with his huge talent, Rob created an intricately woven visual tale for us all to enjoy this season. More of Rob’s Flowers work can be seen on his website: https://robflowers.co.uk