'The Caithness writer Neil Gunn in his wonderful essay Highland Spaces talks of the horror vacui, a fear of the void, vacant places and sterile distances that can afflict visitors from the labyrinth [cities] of the south' -extract from The Architecture of Doubt, by Neil Gillespie.
Horror Vacui in visual art is the act of filling every space with detail- fearing the empty. Here I’ve tried to combine the horror vacui of the huge open landscapes in the Scottish Highlands with the fear of leaving open space in the art- every corner is filled with detail.
Some great photos of ‘The Forest Drift’, a wintery design I did for the Threadless Select collection. I spent a while working on this until I was happy with it, and the great folk at threadless put in a lot of time and hard work too to get such a detailed design to print so well.
I love the sheer quality of the select line- the designs, print, and the materials. Take a look at the new range here.
Please head over to threadless for a sec and vote for this design if you like it! Part of the prize is that it will get shown on the Sony billboard in Times Square NY and that would seriously make my day/year/be one of the most awesome things ever.
This design was quite hard to name, but I’ve eventually settled on ‘From Dusk to Dawn’ because that was what I called my first playlist which kept me going through the night while designing architecture and trying to hit deadlines.
This image represents music’s part in my creative process and how for me it inspires and relates to drawing and architecture. I spend a lot of time absorbed in incredible music and it all plays out in my designs- the rhythm, layering, textures, highlights, atmosphere- if I can ever design a building which has the same beauty and complexity as some of the tracks on that playlist I’ll be a happy man!
The music on that playlist created spaces I could wander around and discover, and kept me concentrating and exploring until the morning came.