GET TO KNOW THE WINNER OF OUR SURREALISM DESIGN CHALLENGE!
We turned Threadless upside down with our Surrealism Design Challenge and got to take a peek at the backwards, law-defying designs of our artists. Like a melting clock or a rain cloud in your living room, surrealism riddles the mind with the illogical. Brazilian artist Mathiole won the Surrealism Design Challenge with a spacey creation that has some inspiring words of wisdom attached. Read on to learn a little about Mathiole and to grab his new tee, “Great Idea.”
Congrats on your winning design “Great Idea” for our Surrealism challenge! Why don’t you share one interesting and unknown fact about yourself to kick off this interview?
Thanks! My fascination with art started when I was just a boy, about 11. I was at the school’s library, and a picture of one of the paintings by Salvador Dali, a Surrealism master.
Do you consider yourself a surrealistic type of artist? Or did you tap into unknown territory to create this design?
I think I’m pretty versatile. I like almost all art movements, and have been trying to recreate stuff based on my favorite ones, but I think it’s fair to say surrealism is the one I like most. I did tap into an unknown territory aesthetically; it was the first time I tried to make a full hatching design. I’m pretty satisfied with the result. :D
How did you arrive at “Great Idea” for a concept?
The idea changed a little bit from what I had in the beginning. I thought I would make a man on a bulb-shaped balloon, but then I saw the same concept so I had to try something else. I still wanted to make the “idea” the focus of the concept, so I researched quotes to enlighten me. That’s when I came out with the moon balloon idea!
What inspired the concept’s specific design execution?
Part of my process is to make a mood board for each concept. During this visual research, I found some old/vintage pictures of all kinds of balloons, and they were all made with hatching. I’m also a big fan of a crazy talented guy named Nicholas Delort, who makes insane realistic illustrations with this same technique. I knew it would fit the concept so I decided I should try this!
Tell us a bit about the process of creating this design. Feel free to share WIP’s if possible!
You can see WIP’s here!
Why does “Great Idea” capture a strong sense of surrealism?
I guess it’s the fact that the man is using the moon as a balloon, as well as the mood I managed to create. It makes it look like a pictured dream (at least one of my dreams!).
What surrealist artists do you admire and why?
Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte are definitely my favorite ones, for being pioneers and ultra-creatives. I guess the essence of surrealism is to picture dreams, and to me they do it like no one else. Nowadays, Jeremy Geddes is doing a superb work!
What is the most dangerous idea you’ve ever had?
I don’t even want to share this with you because I’m sure I’ll gather a lot of haters, haha. What I can say is that half of the people got the idea and thought it was very funny, and the other half thought it was offensive and wanted to kill me for doing it.
What in the world are you going to do with all these awesome new art books from the Art Institute!?
What else? I’m going to read and study all of them. :D (I’m a book addict!)
Any other shout-outs?
I’ve embraced surrealism as one of the main characteristics of my work, so winning this competition means that I succeeded somehow, and that’s huge for me! So, I want to thank you all who voted and commented on my design, and also to Threadless for picking it up! Thanks!
Fact: there’s a few universally unpleasant places out there, like the DMV. Or any room in the history of the world with that terrifying fluorescent lighting. Thankfully, there are way more super cool places out there, especially when it comes to finding the perfect spot to sit back, think inspiring thoughts, and make awesome art. We were curious about exactly where our artists prefer to hunker down when it comes to makin’ stuff, so we asked those behind next week’s new tees to fill us in. Check out their answers below, and be sure to stop in on Monday to snag their sweet new designs!
Q: Where’s your favorite place to make stuff?
“My favorite place to make stuff is my desk in the basement. Lights low, music playing, creativity flowing.” Buy this tee now!
“I’ve yet to find this place, although it would probably be on a small cabana in Hawaii. Right now, it’s the comfort of my room/office; it’s the only place I can actually do stuff!” Buy this tee now!
Hafaell Pereira: “The best place is where I have a flat surface, a sheet of white paper, and a pencil. With that, I’m quite happy and I can solve most of my problems.” Buy this tee now!
“I have a very messy office where I enjoy drawing. I just turn on some music and zone out.” Buy this tee now!
“My most favorite place to make stuff is my workroom where I have my desk, computer, and all the other tools. From time to time I really lock myself up in there, from morning ‘til night, focusing on trying to create something, and losing track of time and space…“ Buy this tee now!
“I really don’t have a specific or favorite place to make my stuff. For me, anyplace works as long as it’s comfortable and has less people. Although, it depends on the type of people. But I really do want to have my own workstation someday. I’m actually saving for it, because right now, I work most of the time at the office and sometimes at home when I’m alone.” Buy this tee now!